When rural tranquility and Olympic dreams clash

Dania Vizzi wants to use a private skeet shooting range, off Bellamy Brothers Boulevard, to perfect her skeet shooting skills so she can make the U.S. team for the 2020 Olympics. But, her neighbors say her Olympic quest is causing harm to their agricultural and horse-breeding pursuits, as well as disrupting their rural tranquility and peace of mind. Those were among the issues aired out at … [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...]

Residents battle 5-acre lots in their neighborhood

The Pasco Planning Commission is recommending approval of a rezoning that will allow homes to be built on 5-acre lots, instead of 10-acre lots, on a 211-acre site, on the northwest corner of Trilby Road and Dowling Lake Road. The applicant for the rezoning change, Massey Partners Limited, was represented by attorney Clarke Hobby. Planning commissioners are recommending approval despite … [Read more...]

Baseball and softball school approved in Wesley Chapel

A request to allow a private baseball and softball school in Wesley Chapel has gained approval from the Pasco County Commission. In granting the request, commissioners overturned a decision made on Feb. 21 by the Pasco County Planning Commission. Planning commissioners had denied the request , despite a recommendation for approval by county planners, who said the request was consistent with … [Read more...]

Request raises questions about sites for schools, parks

The Pasco County Planning Commission has recommended approval of a change that would make it easier for landowners along State Road 52, near Bellamy Brothers Boulevard, to pursue development. However, planning commissioners also are recommending that any development done in the area be accompanied by a map that identifies where future sites would be located for schools and parks. The … [Read more...]

Idea of temporary ban on mini-warehouses sparks criticism

The Pasco County Planning Commission has voiced objections to a proposal for an 180-day moratorium on new applications for mini-warehouses and self-storage facilities. Alexandra LaPorte, senior planner with the county’s planning and development department, told planning commissioners that the six-month moratorium would provide time for county staff to craft proposed regulations relating to that … [Read more...]

Substation expansion plan sparks controversy

Some area residents are protesting a proposal by Duke Energy Florida to expand an electrical substation at Smith Road and Satin Leaf Lane in Wesley Chapel. Opponents claim the project will devalue their properties and create unsightly views. The request for a special exception permit for the New River Substation expansion has been put on hold. The Pasco County Planning Commission granted … [Read more...]

Pasco County streamlines development review process

The Pasco County Planning Commission got a makeover but several of its newly appointed members will have familiar faces. The Pasco County Commission on July 10 approved an ordinance that revamps an existing two-step process for previewing land use and zoning applications. Commissioners disbanded a long-standing advisory board, known as the Development Review Committee, or DRC. That committee … [Read more...]

Merger yields largest chamber in Pasco

The Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Pasco Chamber of Commerce have merged to create the largest chamber in Pasco County. The new chamber has more than 860 members, and it is growing. Wesley Chapel contributed about 615 members in the merger, and Greater Pasco nearly 250 members. The first event of the merged chambers will be a Final Friday mixer on July 28 at … [Read more...]

Charter panel’s first meeting sparks controversy

Sparks flew at the first meeting of a charter review panel that could recommend major changes in how the county operates. The meeting was called to take care of housekeeping chores, such as by-laws and scheduling decisions, but it got underway with a jolt. Clay Colson interrupted Pasco County Chairman Ted Schrader’s introductions to declare a “point of order” and challenge the panel’s right … [Read more...]