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Borrow Pit Update

Date Change of Public Hearing to April 12, 2022

Special Use Land Excavation Public Hearing: App. No.: SU-LE 21-1224

Notice of Imminent Adverse Impacts to environmentally sensitive areas, public health and welfare.

The owner of the borrow pit located at 6777 Lutz Lake Fern Road is asking Hillsborough County Commissioners to grant a ten (10) year extension on its excavation permit. The current permit expired on December 21, 2021. For 13 years this operation has been hauling and selling dirt from Odessa.   This operation has had continuous complaints and violations of their special use and their operating permit. In addition, it has degraded the two-lane rural roads: Lutz Lake Fern Road, Gunn Highway, Van Dyke and Tarpon Springs Road. Heavy Loads of dirt have created deep road ruts and potholes, increased truck traffic, noise, and dangerous traffic situations.

Many trucks fail to abide by the approved truck routes and speed limits. Trucks in the early morning line up on Angel Lane and Lutz Lake Fern Road waiting in que for their turn to upload. This compounds and further adds to the dangerous traffic situations specially for school busses and parents driving their children to one of the three schools on Lutz Lake Fern Road.

This excavation site is located at the headwaters of Brooker Creek Watershed and its aquafer is the source of Brooker Creek watershed’s drinking water. Over 500 species of plants, more than 20 species of amphibians, 50 species of reptiles, and 40 species of mammals live within the watershed. Further and continued destruction of this habitat is imminent if approved over the next ten years.

This permit request will be heard before a BOCC Land Use Meeting which begins at 9:00 AM on April 12, 2022, at the Robert W. Saunders Public Library, 1505 N Nebraska Ave, Tampa. If you cannot attend, please email Michelle Heinrich, the County planner, at Heinrichm@hillsboroughcounty.org and your concerns will then be placed into the record. Please act promptly.

Residents, if you wish to stop the negative impact on Keystone now and into the future, please write to be heard. Many letters are needed to demonstrate the neighborhood /community residents’ concerns. Currently there are 32 letters submitted opposed to the extension and 3 supporting it. Your letter to the BOCC Land Use Meeting is important If you wish to show strong Keystone opposition.

You may contact me for more information or if you have questions at clara@lawhead.us.

Sincerely,

Clara Lawhead, MS, RD, LD, FADA
7340 Colley Road
Odessa, Florida 33556
813-376-0474

March 2022
1. February 2022 Meeting Minutes
2. What’s Happening in Keystone
3. Adopt a Road
4. Land Use Update
5. Borrow Pit Update
6. Keystone Park Update & Annual Family Fun Festival
7. KCA is Granting Wishes
8. Need writers