Denial recommended on senior care site in Wesley Chapel

The Pasco County Planning Commission has recommended denial of a request for a conditional use permit to allow a residential treatment facility for up to 30 residents on Pomello Trace in Wesley Chapel. Planning commissioners voted 5-0 against the request by Jordanes Hippolite, who is seeking permission to create an elderly care center, on a site at 29436 Pomella Trace, that’s smaller than a … [Read more...]

Neighbors battle townhomes near Lake Thomas

Residents living near Lake Thomas are fighting a proposed townhome project, on approximately 42 acres, on the west side of U.S. 41, about one-half mile north of Ehren Cutoff, in Land O’ Lakes. Barbara Wilhite, an attorney representing the applicant, appeared at the Jan. 23 Pasco County Planning Commission hearing, seeking a change to the county’s land use plan to increase the potential density … [Read more...]

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...]