A controversial rezoning case that could bring a new Walmart grocery store and WaWa gas station to Carrollwood will go before the Hillsborough County Commission today.
The proposed Walmart development would mean rezoning a 10-acre space at the northwest corner of Floyd Road and North Dale Mabry Highway. It would consist of an approximately 48,000-square-foot Walmart neighborhood grocery store and a 6,000-square-foot WaWa convenience store with gas pumps.
The case has been protested by many in the community namely the 813CARe organization. The group, which consists of a lot of residents in the Floyd Road area say the new development would bring traffic problems and decrease property values.
The group has held sporadic public protest in the community since last fall and have made several appearances at public county meetings to express their dislike for the project. In December, Zoning Master Steve Luce recommended to approve the Walmart and WaWa.
On Tuesday, organizers hope to pack the commission's land use meeting to show their opposition.
"The meeting on January 15 is our final chance to convince the commission that the proposed rezoning is too intense for Carrollwood and not a good fit," said Leah Wooten, 813CARe organizer on the group's Facebook Page.
The group will take a chartered bus provided by First Citrus Bank from Carrollwood to the meeting on Tuesday.
Here's what you need to know about the Walmart Rezoning meeting.
The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. at the County Center, 601 E. Kennedy Blvd., on the second floor. There will not be a public comment period during the meeting. Speakers were required to sign up with the Clerk of Court weeks ago.
The County Center parking garage is located at 319 N. Pierce St.
WHAT IT MEANS
Tuesday's vote will determine whether or not Walmart and Wawa can move forward with their developments. The County Commission's vote is the final vote to be taken for this rezoning to happen.