Neighbors battle townhomes near Lake Thomas

Residents living near Lake Thomas are fighting a proposed townhome project, on approximately 42 acres, on the west side of U.S. 41, about one-half mile north of Ehren Cutoff, in Land O’ Lakes. Barbara Wilhite, an attorney representing the applicant, appeared at the Jan. 23 Pasco County Planning Commission hearing, seeking a change to the county’s land use plan to increase the potential density … [Read more...]

Central Pasco project calls for 280 Class A apartments

The Pasco County Planning Commission has recommended approval of a project that includes 280 apartments and 49,500 square feet of commercial, on the north side of State Road 54, between Wesley Chapel Boulevard and Collier Parkway. The site, approximately 25.4 acres, is about 2 miles west of the interchange of State Road 56 and Interstate 75. The request received a recommendation for approval … [Read more...]

Changes recommended for Connerton’s master-plan development

The Pasco County Planning Commission has recommended approval of changes to the Connerton Village II Master Planned Unit Development to adjust the boundaries for the regional park and elementary/middle school, and to remove the extension of the Plains Parkway north of Connerton Boulevard. These changes are based on a land swap between Lennar Homes LLC, the Pasco County School Board and Pasco … [Read more...]

Review committee to talk about school impact fees

Pasco County’s Development Review Committee is slated to discuss a proposal that would raise the impact fees charged to new residential development to help address the impact that new growth has on schools. Under the proposed ordinance, the fees could be used to build new schools, acquire school sites or purchase new school buses. Pasco County already imposes school impact fees, but the … [Read more...]

There are plenty of ways to help this season

If you would like to help someone else during the holidays, there are plenty of ways you can do that. Here’s a look at some of the efforts underway that could use more support. Donate a Bicycle This effort, spearheaded by Caroline Contractors LLC, is seeking donations of money, bicycles or helmets. Those wishing to donate bicycles or helmets can drop them off at these locations: … [Read more...]

Predatory towing under fire

Pasco County commissioners want to put the brakes on predatory towing of vehicles. Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore brought the matter up in February after receiving complaints from residents who chose to call a taxi or a friend for a ride home after an evening of drinks and dinner. “Someone is being responsible,” said Moore, who discussed the problem again at the April 12 Pasco County … [Read more...]

Pasco officials to discuss potential charter government

The Pasco County Commission is having a workshop to explore whether a charter form of government would be in the best interest of residents. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m., on Feb. 12 at the West Pasco Government Center, in the boardroom on the first floor. The government center is at 8731 Citizens Drive in New Port Richey. Switching to a charter government could lead to … [Read more...]

Commissioners to decide next step on baseball park Tuesday

Pasco County officials are set to do exactly what James Talton has wanted over the last few weeks: To terminate the agreement between the two for a massive recreational baseball complex in Wesley Chapel's Wiregrass Ranch area. County commissioners could do just that during its regular meeting in New Port Richey on Tuesday, after Talton's Pasco Sports LLC failed to provide necessary paperwork to … [Read more...]

No second drive-thru for Suncoast Parkway McDonald’s?

The McDonald's fast-food restaurant chain has reinvented its drive-thru in recent years to allow two lanes for those seeking to get something to eat on the go. However, the McDonald's on State Road 54 near its interchange with Suncoast Parkway may not be joining the ranks of those other restaurants anytime soon. Pasco County officials are recommending denying a request by McDonald's Corp. to … [Read more...]

Strong early voter turnout so far in Pasco

Brian Corley likes what he's seeing for the 2014 election so far. As of 4 p.m. Thursday, more than 21 percent of registered voters in Pasco County have dropped a ballot in the voting box, and there's still two full days of early voting left. "We're on pace to beat 2010, and we're doing that with less than a 10-minute wait" at early voting locations around the county, said Corley, Pasco's … [Read more...]