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Neighbors worry traffic will worsen in Riverview with new subdivision planned

Posted at 6:47 AM, Nov 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-16 07:55:06-05

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. — A new housing development could be heading to the Riverview area.

If approved, the subdivision would add 244 homes to the area.

The 61 acre property is currently zoned agricultural rural and is not part of the moratorium commissioners passed to pause rezoning applications.

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The developer is requesting a zone change to residential planned development.

Jennifer Delgado has lived in the area for three years.

“It was not much traffic then, then they started building and with each house comes about two cars,” said Delgado.

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She thinks drivers are becoming increasingly impatient.

“It’s awful. Even in the mornings and the afternoons themselves even going north or south on Balm Riverview the back up is half a mile at least," said Delgado.

Delgado worries all of the new subdivisions in Riverview will cause traffic to get worse.

“They’re using our neighborhood as a cut through, so it’s creating a lot of issues. We’ve already had a hit and run with a dog so I’m waiting for a child. I have four children so I’m concerned about their safety,” said Delgado.

The new housing development would be just south of Rhodine Road and west of Balm Riverview Road, an intersection neighbors say is already a problem spot.

“There’s not just four ways, there’s like seven lanes so nobody knows where to go, said Delgado.

The zoning hearing is scheduled for December 16.

After the meeting, a hearing officer will will file a recommendation.

This proposal is scheduled to be heard by the Board of County Commissioners for a final decision on February 11.