Opponents cite access concerns in Wesley Chapel rezoning

Questions are being raised about the safety of entering Wesley Chapel Boulevard from Hay Road, in a rezoning case seeking to allow 35 single-family attached townhomes on Hay Road. The applicant, Lawrence P. Martinez, represented by Attorney Barbara Wilhite, is seeking to change the zoning on about 6 acres from agricultural use to medium density, multiple family. The Pasco County Planning … [Read more...]

Changes coming to Sunlake and State Road 54

The Pasco County Commission has approved an amendment to the county’s comprehensive plan, at the southwest corner of Sunlake Boulevard and State Road 54. Commissioners are scheduled to consider a specific zoning request for the land at a May 21 public hearing. The 72.6-acre parcel, which is part of the Long Lake Ranch development, previously was designated for retail, office and residential … [Read more...]

Pasco terminates agreement with USF regarding ‘body farm’

The Pasco County Commission has voted to terminate an agreement with the University of South Florida involving 6 acres of land, north of Central Boulevard in Land O’ Lakes. Commissioners ended the arrangement with USF — effective May 7, 2022 —  as part of their consent agenda on May 7. Items on the consent agenda are voted on in a single block without discussion, unless someone pulls the … [Read more...]

Pasco County’s fiscal picture appears bright for 2020

As budget planning ramps up for fiscal year 2020, Pasco County officials believe the county has bright economic prospects for the coming year. “We're now projecting for the fiscal 2020 budget an increase of 9.5 percent of countywide taxable assessed values. That is the same increase as we had in fiscal year 2019,” said Robert Goehig, budget director for Pasco County. “This 9.5 percent … [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...]

Bicycle association honors Kathryn Starkey’s tenacity, service

Becky Afonso, executive director of the Florida Bicycle Association, recently honored Pasco County Commissioner Kathryn Starkey as its 2018 Elected Official Champion of the Year. Afonso highlighted Starkey’s tenacity and public service during the Pasco County Commission’s April 23 meeting. The association executive reminded commissioners that the Tri-County Trail connection won the 2014 … [Read more...]

Know your flood risk

Pasco County is offering an interactive, online tool for property owners to see how the proposed flood hazard data contained in the new Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) preliminary Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRMs) could impact their property. The digital FIRMs identify flood hazards throughout the county and help determine flood insurance rates. Residents and businesses can … [Read more...]

Incentives add jobs, boost economy

When Pasco County spends money from its Jobs and Economic Opportunity Trust Fund, it’s getting a healthy return on investment, according to David Engel, manager of the Pasco County Office of Economic Growth. Engel recently gave the Pasco County Commission an update on the county’s primary incentive programs. Between 2015 and 2025, the county expects to collect $60 million for its Jobs and … [Read more...]

Ridge Road project to open in 2020?

A portion of the Ridge Road Extension — a project Pasco County officials have wanted for 20 years — could open in time for the beginning of the 2020 school year. The Pasco County Commission heard an update on the project during its April 8 meeting in Dade City. The proposed Ridge Road Extension spans  7.6 miles, reaching from Moon Road to U.S. 41, in Land O’ Lakes. Margaret Smith, the … [Read more...]

Central Pasco changes being considered

A number of land-use and zoning changes are being considered on properties within Central Pasco County. The proposals were considered by the Pasco County Commission and its advisory body, the Pasco County Planning Commission last week. The County Commission: Transmitted to the state Department of Economic Opportunity and reviewing agencies a request to amend the county’s land-use plan … [Read more...]