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VMs Address Guidelines, Road Projects and Dog Park Plans

Twenty Voting Members (VMs) braved torrential rain to attend their May 12 monthly meeting, where they passed four rules changes.

Making quick and unanimous approval votes for four guideline changes, VMs gave their final approval for new rules for Castleford storm doors, Keswick Forest mailboxes and Westchase homes’ external security cameras. They also offered their initial approval for the addition of a single color to the exterior color palette.

Westchase Community Association (WCA) Board President Joaquin Arrillaga updated the group on transportation planning items. He said that there are three major items which could impact Westchase: the widening of Linebaugh Avenue to six lanes from N. Dale Mabry Highway to Sheldon Road; the Citrus Park Drive Extension between the mall and UTB library; and the extension of Montague Street across the railroad tracks in West Park Village.

Arrillaga said that the WCA Board had taken formal positions on all – supporting the Citrus Park Extension but opposing the widening of Linebaugh and the extension of Montague. He said that he was fearful that if Linebaugh did get widened, it would only be a matter of time before the county would want to widen Linebaugh within Westchase. The board has made Commissioner Sandy Murman aware of their positions because final plans are being reviewed now. Director Joe Odda added that residents need to attend an upcoming Transportation Meeting on Monday, May 18, from 6-8 p.m. at the Town ’n Country Regional Public Library at 7606 Paula Dr., where they can weigh in on the plans. Odda stated that participation requires only 15 minutes and entails no presentation. He said residents should visit http://www.gohillsborough.org for additional information or to offer feedback. A telephone town hall call is also scheduled for Thursday, May 21, from 7-8 p.m. The site provides the phone number.

Odda then provided an update on the dog park that he has been advocating. He announced one will be built on property by the Tampa Bay Trail off of Sheldon Road adjoining the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) station. He said that he believes construction can begin in July if all of the paperwork is cleared. He said if residents visit the site, they will see plenty of property and parking are available.

VMs adjourned at 7:30 p.m.

By Brenda Bennett

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