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Schools plan will go to hearing officer

Published May 11, 2007


PLANT CITY: Plans for three schools on 100 acres will get further review on May 30, when the Hillsborough County School Board presents a zoning request to a land use hearing officer.

The schools, which are still unnamed, would be built northeast of Gallagher and Newsome roads. Plans call for a high school with up to 2, 375 students, a middle school serving 1, 350 students and a 950-student elementary school.

The School Board is not asking to change the area's agricultural and residential zoning, but to secure approval for use as schools.

The property is outside the county's urban service area for water and sewer hookups. Water officials have recommended tying into existing sewer lines but are recommending wells for drinking water.

The site contains one wooden building. Constructed in the 1930s, the structure is listed with the State Historical Preservation Office, but isn't on the National Register of Historic Places or the local historical register.

A report by county staffers identifies little wildlife on the site and only a 10th of an acre of wetlands.

In a county beset by overburdened roads, most surrounding streets have been rated "C, " or average capacity by county transportation officials. The exception is a part of McIntosh Road that has an "F" rating.

The request goes to the land use hearing officer at 6 p.m. May 30 at the County Center, 601 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Petition 07-0890

Andrew Meacham can be reached at 661-2431 or

[Last modified May 10, 2007, 07:44:07]

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