Bell Lake rezoning back on agenda

An error in a notice for a rezoning has prompted a new hearing on the request.

The Pasco County Commission, at its Jan. 7 hearing, approved a rezoning for a new subdivision for 27 detached residences on about 9.5 acres, at the northwest corner of the intersection of Bell Lake Road and Alpine Road. The vote was 4-0, with Commissioner Jack Mariano absent.

However, it turns out that an error was posted regarding the date of the rezoning hearing, so the rezoning request now is expected to be heard at the board’s Feb. 4 meeting at 1:30 p.m., at the Historic Pasco County Courthouse, 37918 Meridian Ave., in Dade City.

The site for the proposed subdivision is about 1 mile east of U.S. 41, in Land O’ Lakes.

The main access to the development will be off of Alpine Road. As part of the approval, the developer must put a turn lane on Bell Lake Road.

The rezoning had been recommended for approval by county planners, but had been recommended for denial by the Pasco County Planning Commission. Planning commissioners cited incompatibility of the proposed lot sizes with the existing development pattern in the surrounding area.

Two neighbors also spoke in opposition to the proposed rezoning during the Planning Commission hearing. Their primary complaint was the proposed lot sizes of the project.

No one appeared in opposition at the County Commission hearing, but it turns out that neighbors to the proposed rezoning had received incorrect information regarding the date of the meeting.

At the Jan. 7 County Commission hearing, Todd Pressman representing applicant Michael David Vincent, noted that the initial request for 32 lots had been reduced to 27. He also said an increase was made to the minimum width required for lots within the development.

Published January 29, 2020

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