Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Commissioners voted to deny a rezoning plan for a 48,000-square-foot Walmart neighborhood grocery store and Wawa gas station in Carrollwood.
A controversial rezoning plan that would bring a new Walmart neighborhood market to the corner of Dale Mabry Highway and Floyd Road in Carrollwood has been denied by Hillsborough County Commissioners. The vote came just before 11 a.m. at this morning's Land Use Hearing. Commissioners voted 6-0 to deny the rezoning request, with one commissioner not in attendance. The anti-Walmart group 813CARe has been vocal opponents of the rezoning for the past 10 months. Group members spoke during the public comment period at Tuesday's meeting. "It will change the character of Carrollwood," said Leah Wooten, 813CARe organizer, who added that 3,000 opposition letters have been submitted to the commissioners. Jim Porter, an attorney for Walmart, …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
A vote was taken on Tuesday to postpone the vote.
If you've been following the controversial Floyd Road Walmart rezoning case you'll have to wait a bit longer to hear the outcome. That's because the Hillsborough County Board of Commissioners voted to postpone a vote on whether or not to approve the rezoning of the 10-acre lot, which will include a Walmart neighborhood grocery store and a Wawa gas station. The vote was scheduled to go before the commissioners at the December 11 meeting, however the board voted to move the case to January 15 at the request of Walmart's attorneys. Anti-Walmart group 813CARe has for months protested the proposed development. The group has collected more than 2,500 letters, emails and petition signatures against the plan. In October, about 200 people showed up…
Thursday, November 8, 2012
The rezoning goes before the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners for a final vote on Dec. 11.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
A Hillsborough County hearing master approved the zoning despite large opposition.
Hillsborough Zoning Master Steve Luce has recommended approval of a proposed zoning for a Walmart neighborhood grocery and a Wawa convenience store and gas station on the northwest corner of Floyd Road. The decision comes after a contentious zoning meeting held last month when more than 200 members of the 813CARe organization showed up in protest of the zoning. They cited depreciating property values, traffic woes and environmental risk as reasons to deny the zoning. The group responded to the zoning master's decision today via Facebook stating it would not stop in opposing the development. "We need to bombard the County Commissioners with our opposition - letters, calls, email and get as many of our friends, family and neighbors to do the…
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
The zoning master will release his recommendations regarding the case early next month.
About 200 people wearing red showed up at Monday night's Hillsborough County's Zoning Hearing Master meeting. The red symbolized their dislike for a proposed rezoning of Floyd Road. The crowd's stance was clear: No Walmart. "Our biggest issue on the eastern side is the traffic," said Original Carrollwood resident Mark Tempest, a member of 813CARe, an organization consisting of several neighborhoods and businesses opposed to the Walmart. Tempest said the project would "exaggerate and increase existing cut-through traffic." "We've been inundated with traffic calming and I don't think our neighborhood can tolerate any more traffic calming to support this specific proposal," Tempest said. "There's something wrong with the system if this kind …
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
A group of anti-Walmart protesters will demonstrate this morning.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
A private developer wants to build a Walmart and Wawa convenience store in the area.
During Wednesday morning rush hour, they donned red shirts and held signs while drivers made their way down Dale Mabry for their commutes to work and school. Their purpose: Proclaiming their opposition to a rezoning project. Members of 813CARe, a grass roots organization that stands for Carrollwood Against Rezoning, organized their first road rally this morning to voice their concerns about the rezoning of commercial space by a Florida-based development company called Brightwork to build a Walmart and Wawa convenience store on the northwest corner of Floyd Road. Road rallies are planned for every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning until an Oct. 15 rezoning hearing on the project. Members of 813CARe want people to write opposition letters…
Weigh in on the contentious issue.
The rezoning project at the northwest corner of Floyd Road near Dale Mabry has the community talking, and has prompted road rallies that begin today and will continue the next few weeks in an effort to reverse a private developer's move to build a Walmart and Wawa convenience store there. On Tuesday, Kathryn Barrett weighed in on Carrollwood-Northdale Patch, saying: "Why do we need another Wal Mart on Dale Mabry?? We already have at least 3!!!" Jackie Clark agreed: "Do we really need another Wal Mart?" What do you think about the developer's proposal? Tell us in the comments.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
813CARe is organizing road rallies three days a week until a county rezoning hearing on Oct. 15.
The small red-and-white signs dotting the lawns of homes on Floyd Road near Dale Mabry Highway send the message loud and clear: "Say NO to Carrollwood Rezoning!" The message originates from grassroots organization 813CARe (Carrollwood Against Rezoning), comprised of local homeowners and residents opposed to the rezoning of commercial space by a Florida-based development company called Brightwork to build a Walmart and Wawa convenience store on the northwest corner of Floyd Road. To demonstrate their opposition a few weeks before an Oct. 15 rezoning hearing on the project, the group has organized a road rally at the busy intersection from 7 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26. Road rallies will occur every Monday, Wednesday and …
Friday, July 6, 2012
The rezoning hearing was set for July 23
A Hillsborough County rezoning hearing to request commercial space by a Florida developer to build a Walmart and Wawa convenience store at Floyd Road and north Dale Mabry has been postponed, according to county officials. The hearing, originally set for July 23, has been moved to October 15 at the request of Brightwork, a Florida-based development and acquisition company. A grassroots organization called 813CARe (Carrollwood Against Rezoning) comprised of homeowners and Carrollwood residents opposed to the project has circulated a petition against the project, citing traffic and noise concerns if the project were to be approved. What do you think about the meeting being postponed? What do you think about the developer's project? Tell us in…