TAMPA — Citing compatibility issues, Hillsborough County Commissioners on Tuesday rejected a zoning application by Walmart to open a store in Carrollwood.
If approved, a Walmart Neighborhood Market would have opened at the corner of Dale Mabry Highway and Floyd Road. But commissioners voted 6-0 to quash the development plans. Les Miller, who has recently been hospitalized with the flu, was out sick.
Several commissioners expressed that they expect to be headed to court on accusations that their decision was influenced by the emotional arguments of homeowners who lived near the site of the proposed store.
Many of those neighbors packed the commission chamber Tuesday morning and spilled over into another room to watch the proceedings.
For months, neighbors have protested the potential development, waving signs at the 10-acre site of the proposed store, circulating petitions and sending letters and emails.
In November, land use hearing officer Steven Luce recommended that the Commission approve the modification for the corner of Dale Mabry Highway and Floyd Road, finding it compatible with surrounding land uses and zoning.
Many of the neighbors came to the hearing together in a rented bus.
"We're thrilled, elated," said Leah Wooten, an organizing member of the 813CARe team that opposed the rezoning, who also was one of four who spoke in opposition to the plan Tuesday morning.
Wooten said the commission's decision will probably be appealed.
"We'll be there for that, too," said Wooten, who lives in a neighborhood behind the site.
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