Higher density approved near Town of St. Leo

The Pasco County Commission has approved a land use change and rezoning to allow increased development at the edge of the Town of St. Leo, despite the Town’s objections. The approved rezoning allows up to 600 dwellings, 340,000 square feet of commercial and 60,000 square feet of office on 177 acres at the southwest corner of State Road 52 and Prospect Road. Under the approved land use change, … [Read more...]

Commissioners dig community gardens

Wanna-be community gardeners can start making plans to harvest their crops. The Pasco County Commission approved an ordinance on June 20 to establish a definition for a community garden and to create a process for permit applications. This is the county’s first community gardening ordinance. Pasco also is the first in the state to approve a countywide ordinance permitting community … [Read more...]

New apartments and offices approved

Brightworks Crossing — a mixed-use project calling for offices, self-storage units, apartments, and a hotel with up to 150 rooms, landed on the desks of Pasco County’s planners nearly a year ago. And, on Aug. 9, the Pasco County Commission pushed the project along with a series of approvals. Commissioners unanimously agreed to amend the county’s comprehensive land use plan and to rezone the … [Read more...]

Wildlife corridors map a pathway through Pasco

A network of conservation corridors to provide safer pathways for wildlife in Pasco County finally is more than just lines on a map. Still, it took a few tweaks at a June 21 public hearing before Pasco County commissioners could approve an ordinance stuck in planning limbo for years. In the end, the corridors made some happy, others less so. “This ordinance is scientific, viably provable … [Read more...]

Pasco County on a path to create wildlife corridors

A network of wildlife corridors is closer to reality as landowners concede most of their objections have been resolved. The ordinance comes nearly 16 years after a lawsuit settlement mandated that Pasco County create the corridors, also known as “critical linkages.” The linkages function as protected pathways for wildlife as diverse as bears, panthers, salamanders and frogs. At the first … [Read more...]

Road renaming remains in limbo

No decision has been reached on whether to rename a portion of Wesley Chapel Boulevard in honor of its historical ties to the King family ranch. At the April 12 Pasco County Commission meeting, county officials did not give a date for rescheduling a public hearing that had been postponed in February to “a date uncertain.” During the public comment portion of the meeting, Sandy Graves, a … [Read more...]

Pasco master plan seeks to improve parks and recreation

A proposed master plan for Pasco County's parks and recreation facilities would cost an estimated $222 million over 10 years, according to a needs assessment from consultants at AECOM. About $112 million of that amount would be targeted at new amenities for the county's growing population. A 2001 master plan projected about 51,000 more people over 10 years. The actual number was closer to … [Read more...]

Efforts on to settle renaming dispute

Pasco County officials are trying to search out the historical boundaries between Land O’ Lakes and Wesley Chapel to help determine the name of a new road near Cypress Creek Town Center. Finding out that information could help determine whether a new stretch of Wesley Chapel Boulevard should: Be renamed Circle O Ranch Parkway Be named something else Keep the name it has The roadway, … [Read more...]

Task forces will tackle Pasco congestion issues

There is trouble on State Road 54 and State Road 56. Everyone can see the snarled traffic and congestion on a daily basis, and it is clear that it will only get worse with time. “We’re obviously in a growing community in Tampa Bay,” said Jim Edwards, transportation manager for Pasco’s Metropolitan Planning Organization. “The dirt is turning in a lot of areas. We all see … [Read more...]

Wildlife corridors on hold, again

A plan to establish and protect wildlife corridors met another delay in its 15-year journey from a lawsuit settlement to approval from the Pasco County Commission. During a workshop on Sept. 15, Pasco County commissioners opted to forego upcoming public hearings in October and November. The hearings were for a proposed ordinance to establish criteria and regulations for seven proposed wildlife … [Read more...]