On August 10, 2023, Older Lundy secured a Comprehensive Plan map amendment for 20 acres in the Wimauma area of Unincorporated Hillsborough County. The property had been inadvertently split into two “future land use” designations after a mapping error in 2007 when the urban service area was expanded by the County, hampering the property owners’ rights through no fault of their own. After extensive community outreach and interaction with County and Planning Commission staff, Attorney Colin Rice gained the support of all reviewing agencies, and the Hillsborough Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously to restore the 20 acres to the rightful, original future land use designation.
The Florida Community Planning Act requires local governments to establish and implement comprehensive planning programs to guide and manage future development. The future land use element of the Hillsborough County Comprehensive Plan contains several categories, each with parameters for things like uses, density, environmental protection, intensity and locational considerations. Split future land use designations present challenges for both the property owner and regulatory entities as standards for future development are confusing and inconsistent. Unified future land use designations for zoning lots serves both public and private interests. Older Lundy is thrilled to have this correction approved so the property owners can move forward with greater certainty about their property rights.