Pasco County streamlines development review process

The Pasco County Planning Commission got a makeover but several of its newly appointed members will have familiar faces. The Pasco County Commission on July 10 approved an ordinance that revamps an existing two-step process for previewing land use and zoning applications. Commissioners disbanded a long-standing advisory board, known as the Development Review Committee, or DRC. That committee … [Read more...]

New and renovated schools planned

The Pasco County School Board received an overview last week on projects planned to construct, renovate, expand and repair schools across the district. They also heard a wrap-up on projects in progress or finished this year. The presentation, by Chris Williams, director of planning services and Olga Swinson, chief finance officer, came as the district prepares to vote on a final capital … [Read more...]

County seeks business park for future development

Pasco County wants to encourage more business parks and diversify the county’s job base. The county’s Office of Economic Growth is spearheading that effort by scouting for vacant land that can be made site-ready to attract developers on speculation. In keeping with that goal, county staff members introduced a proposal for the Vibrant Sun Business Park at a Jan. 11 meeting of the Development … [Read more...]

Pasco buys new high school site

The Pasco County School Board has approved paying $5 million for a new high school site, on the north side of the State Road 56 extension, west of Morris Bridge Road. The state road extension project is underway, and when it is completed, it will provide a new link between Wesley Chapel and Zephyrhills. Appraisers hired by the school district valued the land at $6,520,000, and the seller … [Read more...]

Committee looking at ways to fund schools

The Pasco County School Board is seeking to nearly double impact fees charged to new residential construction to help foot the bill for new schools, but a committee studying the issue wants to know about other possible sources of funding before making a recommendation. There’s no doubt that Pasco County’s residential growth is generating increased enrollment, outpacing the school district’s … [Read more...]

Boundary proposals draw fire

The Pasco County School Board is in for a long meeting on Dec. 20, if parent meetings on proposed school boundaries are any indication. Board members are scheduled to hold public meetings on school boundaries proposed for Bexley Elementary School, Cypress Creek Middle/High School and on rezoning changes affecting schools in West Pasco County. The board meets at the school district’s … [Read more...]

Proposed Bexley Elementary boundaries raise concerns

Parents raised concerns about potential impacts from proposed boundaries for Bexley Elementary at a Nov. 1 meeting at Oakstead Elementary School. Parents raised questions about such issues as school choice, transportation and programming for the new school, which draws its name from a subdivision under construction off State Road 54, in Land O’ Lakes. The new school, set to open in the fall, … [Read more...]

School boundary committee meetings underway

Pasco County Schools will be opening a new high school and middle school on the same campus next year, and will open a new elementary school, too. As a result, existing school boundaries will need to be redrawn to assign students to the new schools. It’s a process that tends to be controversial. The boundary committee for High School GGG had its first meeting on Sept. 16. Its first … [Read more...]

Crews busy building schools in Pasco

Wiregrass Elementary School is set to open this fall in Wesley Chapel. Construction is well under way on a new high school on Old Pasco Road, which will open initially as a high school and a middle school. That campus is expected to open in 2017-2018. Construction also has started on a new elementary school that’s also expected to open in 2017-2018 in Bexley Ranch, off State Road 54 in … [Read more...]

Land sale pending near Hercules Park

A commercial corner by the entrance into Hercules Park is on its way to being sold. What happens with the remainder of the park's land will depend on negotiations between officials from Pasco County Schools and the City of Zephyrhills. Zephyrhills officials remain eager to see the park reopened and refurbished, said Steve Spina, city manager. He anticipates meeting with school district … [Read more...]