Water-Related News

Commissioners rezone Brandon wetlands for RaceTrac

By Yvette Hammett

BRANDON – The Hillsborough County Commission, sitting as the land use board on Tuesday, approved a controversial rezoning for a RaceTrac gas station and convenience store at the southeast corner of Lumsden Road and Kings Avenue.

But the matter of wetland destruction, required before anything can be built, is still unresolved. Several commissioners stated that despite their vote to approve the rezoning, that is no guarantee they will vote to allow destruction of a 1.3-acre wetland on the corner.

The county’s Environmental Protection Commission staff had previously denied a request from the land owners to destroy the wetland and mitigate it elsewhere. The landowners have appealed that decision and the EPC is planning to hold an administrative hearing on the appeal in July. Without EPC approval, no development can occur.

Once the appeals process is finished, the matter will come back to the county commission, which also sits as the EPC.