Opponents cite access concerns in Wesley Chapel rezoning

Questions are being raised about the safety of entering Wesley Chapel Boulevard from Hay Road, in a rezoning case seeking to allow 35 single-family attached townhomes on Hay Road. The applicant, Lawrence P. Martinez, represented by Attorney Barbara Wilhite, is seeking to change the zoning on about 6 acres from agricultural use to medium density, multiple family. The Pasco County Planning … [Read more...]

‘Powerglides’ launch site gets OK

The Pasco County Commission has given the green-light to a conditional use permit to allow takeoffs and landings of motorized parachute devices — known as powerglides — on a 19-acre parcel, at the southeast corner of McKendree Road and Tyndall Road in Wesley Chapel. While commissioners approved the request, Commissioner Mike Moore questioned why they were even considering the issue. ”Why … [Read more...]

Planning Commission recommends approval of controversial tower

The Pasco County Planning Commission has recommended approval of a 110-foot observation tower on the south side of St. Joe Road in Dade City. The approval came despite objections from two planning commissioners, as well as county planners, and an area resident and the owner of some adjacent property. The request now goes to the Pasco County Commission, which has the final authority. Terry … [Read more...]

Townhomes approved off Willow Bend Parkway

The Pasco County Commission has approved a rezoning to allow a townhome development on the north side of Willow Bend Parkway, about a half-mile east of Land O’ Lakes Boulevard, in Lutz. The rezoning allows up to 70 units. Technically, the new zoning classification would allow apartments, said Denise B. Hernandez, zoning administrator/special projects manager for Pasco County. However, … [Read more...]

Proposed rezoning for Ballantrae office park raises questions

The Pasco County Commission has continued a request to rezone the Ballantrae Professional Center until Sept. 17, to sort out issues relating to the center’s current uses, the proposed zoning and who has authority to request the proposed zoning. The center, on the south side of State Road 54 at the intersection of Hunting Bow Circle, in Lutz, is currently zoned as a PO-1 Professional Office … [Read more...]

Food trucks get the go-ahead

Pasco County is close to rolling out the welcome mat to food trucks as a dining option. The Pasco County Planning Commission approved a proposed food truck ordinance at its Aug. 9 meeting in Dade City. Next, the Pasco County Commission will consider the ordinance, which establishes regulations on food trucks, as well as “veggie vans.” Members of the county’s Food Policy Advisory Council … [Read more...]

Decision coming on solar farm permits

A decision on how and where to permit solar farms in Pasco County is headed for a vote on June 5 at 1:30 p.m., in Dade City. Pasco County commissioners will consider an amended ordinance for the land development code on regulating solar farms. The ordinance had a first public hearing on May 22 in New Port Richey. No vote was taken at that hearing. The matter has produced heated debate since … [Read more...]

Costco Wholesale wants giant sign

A planning oversight committee gave tentative approval to a large display sign for Costco Wholesale, slated to open next to Tampa Premium Outlets. It takes the membership warehouse chain a step closer to permitting and construction. Company officials have not announced an opening date. Costco received approval in January for the sale of beer, wine and liquor. The approximately … [Read more...]

Pasco denies medical marijuana zoning appeal

Pasco County commissioners denied a zoning appeal from a local businessman who wants to qualify for Florida's program to manufacture and distribute a non-euphoric form of medical marijuana. Florida legislators approved the use and sale in 2014 of a low-strain of medical marijuana, known as “Charlotte’s web,” but the state has yet to launch the program. An announcement to award permits to … [Read more...]