June 2018 – A recent open house on the future of the North Alexander Street corridor in Plant City was held onMay 23, 2018 from 3:00 to 7:00 pm at Plant City Hall. Of the nearly 50 attendees, one-third resided within Plant City, with the remainder living in unincorporated Hillsborough County. Nearly all who attended resided or owned property within the 1,000 acre study area. Their input was sought on the products produced thus far and what they would like to see happen in the study area.
Attendees learned about the North Alexander Street Land Use and Marketing Study and provided valuable input to help shape the study. Perhaps, the most anticipated product shared with the attendees was a draft preferred land use scenario. It is envisioned that this preferred land use scenario will be used in updating the Northeast Plant City Area Master Plan helping guide future annexation into the City of Plant City.
In general, the attendees responded favorably to the objectives of the study and the products produced thus far, including the draft Preferred Land Use Scenario for North Alexander Street. The written and oral comments provided included:
- The preferred scenario should increase the amount of commercial land use along Alexander Street
- The preferred scenario should better recognize existing county uses and zonings
- The expansion or introduction of Residenital-6 over Residenital-4 was preferred due in part to the additional uses allowed to be considered under the category
Other comments included the preservation of wetlands and flooding concerns; increased traffic; costs and benefits associated with annexation and development within Plant City; and truck traffic and better signage for truck traffic. In the coming weeks staff will address these comments by incorporating them into the final report as well as the possibility of revising the preferred land use scenario.
For more information, please visit the project website.