Eastern Hillsborough Residents against Major Development project by Mitch E. Perry

12/04/06

Tomorrow night the Hillsborough County Commission is scheduled to vote on a development that could signficiantly change Eastern Hillsborough.

The development is called Lake Hutto, and the plan is to add nearly 3,200 homes to the area north of FishHawk Boulevard and east of Boyette Road. Some local residents say the proposed plan, which also includes duplexes and condomininums, is simply too big for the area.

So today, several spoke out against the plan in front of the County Center.

Jim Manning is an area real estate profession . He criticized the developer, Pulte Homes, (roll tape#1 o.q.�and empirical analysis�)

The project has been delayed throughout the year, but looks certain that it will now come up for a land-use vote Tuesday night.

The project requires a comprehensive land-use change – meaning it needs 5 yes votes to move forward.

In addition to the houses, townhouses and condominiums, Pulte Homes also intends to add 365,000 square feet of commercial space to the area.

Dave Kulow is a resident of Boyette Springs. He says there have already been too many homes, businesses, and development in the region. (roll tape#2 o.q.�rated F�)

And Kulow asked what have developers or the County done for the area in terms of safety measures? (roll tape#3 o.q.�a couple of turn lanes�)

The plan also calls for an elementary school and middle school site on 6 acres to accommodate 2,490 students brought by Lake Hutto.

But activist Jim Manning said that the school board report on lake Hutto is flawed, because it has not included all of the area elementary school in their analysis, and that other proposed homes in the area were also excluded (roll tape#4 o.q.�no it isn’t�)

Floyd Suggs is the President of the West Central Florida Federation of Labor, and was one of several union members standing behind Manning and Kulow at Monday’s News conference. The news conference was organized by the AFL-CIO. WMNF inquired as to why labor had such an interest in having the development denied. Suggs said he was there representing the citizens of Eastern and Southern Hillsborough County (roll tape#5 o.q.�some of the work�)

Tomorrow night’s vote will be the first one for 3 new commissioners – Rose Ferlita, Kevin White, and Al Higginbotham, who replaced Ronda Storms. Storms had spoken critically of the development.

Organizers also referenced County Commissioner Mark Sharpe, quoting him in press materials as saying that ‘such a large project …that it would be irresponsible to shove it forward unless we’ve satisfactorily answered all the questions� (roll tape#6 o.q.’to vote no on this application�)

The Special Hearing starts at 6PM at the Hillsborough County Center, 601 East Kennedy Boulevard in Tampa.

Lake Hutto

Tomorrow night the Hillsborough County Commission is scheduled to vote on a development that could signficiantly change Eastern Hillsborough.

The development is called Lake Hutto, and the plan is to add nearly 3,200 homes to the area north of FishHawk Boulevard and east of Boyette Road. Some local residents say the proposed plan, which also includes duplexes and condomininums, is simply too big for the area.

So today, several spoke out against the plan in front of the County Center.
Jim Manning is an area real estate profession . He criticized the developer, Pulte Homes, (roll tape#1 o.q.�and empirical analysis�)

The project has been delayed throughout the year, but looks certain that it will now come up for a land-use vote Tuesday night.

The project requires a comprehensive land-use change – meaning it needs 5 yes votes to move forward.

In addition to the houses, townhouses and condominiums, Pulte Homes also intends to add 365,000 square feet of commercial space to the area.

Dave Kulow is a resident of Boyette Springs. He says there have already been too many homes, businesses, and development in the region. (roll tape#2 o.q.�rated F�)

And Kulow asked what have developers or the County done for the area in terms of safety measures? (roll tape#3 o.q.�a couple of turn lanes�)

The plan also calls for an elementary school and middle school site on 6 acres to accommodate 2,490 students brought by Lake Hutto.

But activist Jim Manning said that the school board report on lake Hutto is flawed, because it has not included all of the area elementary school in their analysis, and that other proposed homes in the area were also excluded (roll tape#4 o.q.�no it isn’t�)

Floyd Suggs is the President of the West Central Florida Federation of Labor, and was one of several union members standing behind Manning and Kulow at Monday’s News conference. The news conference was organized by the AFL-CIO. WMNF inquired as to why labor had such an interest in having the development denied. Suggs said he was there representing the citizens of Eastern and Southern Hillsborough County (roll tape#5 o.q.�some of the work�)

Tomorrow night’s vote will be the first one for 3 new commissioners – Rose Ferlita, Kevin White, and Al Higginbotham, who replaced Ronda Storms. Storms had spoken critically of the development.

Organizers also referenced County Commissioner Mark Sharpe, quoting him in press materials as saying that ‘such a large project …that it would be irresponsible to shove it forward unless we’ve satisfactorily answered all the questions� (roll tape#6 o.q.’to vote no on this application�)

The Special Hearing starts at 6PM at the Hillsborough County Center, 601 East Kennedy Boulevard in Tampa.

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