Proposed water ski park on hold in Hillsborough County

SEFFNER — The developers of a proposed water ski park have asked county officials to postpone consideration of their application.

Tampa attorney Judi James, representing McCormick Road LLC, said the company wants to wait for planners to finish their study of the Interstate 4 corridor before county commissioners vote on the company's proposed land use change.

County planning commissioners voted unanimously to grant the request Monday.

They also voted unanimously for a plan that would allow increased density in parts of Riverview along U.S. 301, creating a downtown district near the Alafia River.

The proposed 50-acre district is the result of more than a year of meetings and discussions.

"I'm hopeful this will revitalize our downtown area," Riverview resident Terry Stellavega, who attended many of the meetings, said Monday.

Planning commissioners were divided over another southeast Hillsborough proposal — a density change in the Thonotosassa area, at County Road 579 and Pruett Road.

County planners said the change, which could add 11 homes to the 38-acre property, was inconsistent with surrounding land uses.

Planner Michael Horner, representing the developer, said the plan would improve the area.

"It's what the community's asked us to do," he said.

Ultimately, the majority of planning commissioners voted against the proposal.

County commissioners will have the final say. They are scheduled to vote on proposed changes to the county's long-term growth guidelines July 24.

Catherine E. Shoichet can be reached at cshoichet@sptimes.com or 661-2454.

Proposed water ski park on hold in Hillsborough County 06/12/08 [Last modified: Thursday, June 12, 2008 6:01pm]

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