School board eyes 104-acre site near Connected City

The Pasco County School Board has approved the acquisition of a 104-acre site near the Connected City area of Wesley Chapel. The school district anticipates there will a need for future schools as more residents move into Connected City, which includes Epperson Ranch and other future developments. The site is at the southeast corner of Curley and Kiefer roads, directly across the street … [Read more...]

Roads ‘finally coming’ to east Pasco

Ongoing road construction translates to “good things” for Pasco County — that was the message that Pasco County Commissioner Ron Oakley brought to The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce’s breakfast meeting. Oakley was the chamber’s featured guest speaker on Sept. 19 at Bayfront Health. Speaking to a crowd that numbered in the dozens, Oakley provided updates on several priority … [Read more...]

Pasco County’s development ready to take off

Dreams and visions for the redevelopment of Pasco County began more than two decades ago. Today, homes, shops, hotels, offices and medical campuses are coming out of the ground and redrawing the county’s future. On March 1, developers of four of Pasco’s master-planned communities updated more than 100 people who came to the annual Meet the Developers breakfast. The Pasco Economic Development … [Read more...]

Commissioners approve Connected City

A champagne toast and tethered hot-air balloon rides heralded the groundbreaking for a 7-acre manmade Crystal Lagoon that — when finished — will be large enough for six football fields, end to end. In the background, construction workers stirred dust and hammered nails into model homes for the first master-planned community in Epperson Ranch, along the Connected City corridor. The Crystal … [Read more...]

Connected City vote on Pasco’s agenda

A final decision on an ambitious technology-driven community in eastern Pasco County – known as Connected City – is at hand. The Pasco County Commission will have a final public hearing on the project on Feb. 7 at 1:30 p.m., in Dade City. The first public hearing on Jan. 24 offered a review of the project and an opportunity for public comment. Pasco County and Metro Development Group … [Read more...]

Connected City plans taking shape

Metro Development Group is finalizing its team of partners for what is billed as “the city of the future.” Florida Hospital and Tampa General will be setting up a new medical partnership in the Connected City called West Florida Health. Meridian Autonomous Systems will be providing self-driving and electrical vehicles. And, Saint Leo University will be creating a new education … [Read more...]

Overpass Road/I-75 interchange under review

About 100 residents had the chance to see the design for a proposal to widen and extend Overpass Road at a public hearing on Dec. 15, but the project is years away from construction. The project, estimated at $220 million, calls for widening and extending Overpass Road, aligning it with Fairview Heights and Kossik roads, and building a new Interstate 75 interchange. The nearly 9-mile project … [Read more...]

Approvals recommended for Connected City pilot

The framework for the Connected City corridor is falling into place. Members of Pasco County’s development review committee recommended approval of new documents establishing fees that will be paid by developers, a utilities service plan and a master roadway plan. State legislators approved the Connected City in 2015, and selected Pasco as the site for a 10-year pilot program to create … [Read more...]

Connected City gets initial OK

Pasco County’s Development Review Committee has given its first stamp of approval to a pilot program to create a futuristic, technology-based network of communities across more than 7,800 acres in northeast Pasco County. But that’s just one step in the review process. State legislators approved the Connected City in 2015, and selected Pasco as the site for the project. The Pasco County … [Read more...]

Connected city concept draws mixed reviews

Pasco County is the epicenter for a 10-year state-approved pilot program to create a “connected city” corridor of master-planned communities — built from the ground up with technology innovations. State lawmakers carved out about 7,800 acres in central and eastern Pasco as a special development district that will foster residential and commercial projects. The district’s development plans … [Read more...]