Flooding concerns prompt rezoning protest

Pasco County Commissioners adopted a change to the county’s future land use map, and also approved a rezoning in the Sierra Pines area — despite concerns by neighbors that the planned project will add to the area’s flooding problems. The rezoning and land use change involve 164.8 acres, on the south side of State Road 54, approximately 2,000 feet east of Meadowbrook Drive. The property is … [Read more...]

Pasco County is eyeing rental registry

The Pasco County Commission is considering the possibility of requiring owners of rental property to sign up on a rental registry —  to enable the county to find property owners quickly, if the need arises. “It really is a life-safety issue,” said Commissioner Mike Wells, who is working on the initiative. “We need to do something,” Wells said, during the commission’s April 23 meeting. He … [Read more...]

Pasco poised to lift ban on dock roofs on lakes

The Pasco County Commission appears ready to allow boat docks on private lakes to have roofs over them. Commissioners had a public hearing on March 12 regarding a proposal to amend the county’s land development code that currently prohibits the roofs. No one from the public spoke for or against the proposed change during the public hearing. The change would apply only to inland water … [Read more...]

Pasco may lift exclusion on dock roofs on freshwater lakes

When Joe Steffens gazes from his backyard out onto Bell Lake, he can easily view the private  lake’s water — and his neighbor’s boat docks, complete with roofs — that he built himself. But, his dock doesn’t have a roof. And, even if he wanted to put one on, he wouldn’t be allowed to under current Pasco County regulations. Steffens, who is a marine contractor, has been pushing for a … [Read more...]

Commissioners spar over choosing rec center design firm

The Pasco County Commission has selected Wannemacher Jensen Architects Inc., and Harvard Jolly Inc.,  as the top-ranked firms for design services for an indoor recreation center at the Wesley Chapel District Park. It also authorized county staff to negotiate with Wannemacher Jensen, and if an agreement can’t be reach, to conduct negotiations with Harvard Jolly. Commissioners approved the … [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...]

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...]

Appeal scheduled for solar farm project

A decision on a controversial solar farm in northeast Pasco County is headed to an appeal at a public hearing on Aug. 7 in Dade City before the Pasco County Commission. Two appeals were filed in May on the decision by the Pasco County Planning Commission to approve an exceptional use permit for the project. One appeal is from Sandra Noble and the other from Tampa attorney Gordon Schiff … [Read more...]

Sinkhole to get turnarounds and a fence

Pasco County has selected the solution it plans to pursue regarding the sinkhole that opened last year in Lake Padgett Estates in Land O’ Lakes. The county plans to build two “hammerhead” turnarounds on each side of the sinkhole. A six-foot decorative fence and an access gate also will be installed around the sinkhole on Ocean Pines Drive. The estimated cost for the work is … [Read more...]

Voters could decide on four bond issues in 2018

Pasco County voters could be asked to support as many as four bond referendums in November to pay for upgrades to public safety, fire rescue, parks and libraries. County officials presented information on the bonds at a Feb. 13 workshop in New Port Richey. At a previous workshop, Pasco County commissioners had considered a single referendum for about $185 million to pay for public safety … [Read more...]