Pasco County considers mobility fee rate update

The Pasco County Commission is considering changes to its mobility fee rate structure, which could lead to higher rates in a couple of categories by virtue of removing discounts they now receive. The update also calls for lowering fees in seven land-use categories, and changing the fee charged for residential development in rural areas on lots of 5 acres or more. Mobility fees are based on the … [Read more...]

Planning Commission recommends approval of controversial tower

The Pasco County Planning Commission has recommended approval of a 110-foot observation tower on the south side of St. Joe Road in Dade City. The approval came despite objections from two planning commissioners, as well as county planners, and an area resident and the owner of some adjacent property. The request now goes to the Pasco County Commission, which has the final authority. Terry … [Read more...]

Pasco County Commission denies solar farm appeals

The Pasco County Commission has denied two appeals seeking to block the construction of a solar farm on pastureland, outside Dade City. Gordon and Kathleen Comer, and Sandra Noble, who live near the proposed solar farm site both challenged the Planning Commission’s approval of a special exception permit for the project. Attorney Gordon Schiff represented the Comers and attorney Rena Frazier … [Read more...]

Bexley borrow pit gains approval

The Pasco County Commission has approved a request for a borrow pit to provide fill dirt for use at Bexley by Newland Communities, a master-planned community, off State Road 54 in Land O’ Lakes. The development sought approval to operate the borrow to provide up to 1 million cubic yards of sand and dirt to be excavated and hauled over a period of four years. The borrow pit will be reclaimed … [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...]

Bexley seeks permit for on-site borrow pit

Bexley by Newland Communities won approval from the Pasco County Planning Commission to operate a borrow pit at the master-planned community, off State Road 54, in Land O’ Lakes. Approval also is required from the Southwest Florida Water Management District, also known as Swiftmud, and the matter also needs approval from the Pasco County Commission. If approved, the conditional use permit … [Read more...]

Food trucks get the go-ahead

Pasco County is close to rolling out the welcome mat to food trucks as a dining option. The Pasco County Planning Commission approved a proposed food truck ordinance at its Aug. 9 meeting in Dade City. Next, the Pasco County Commission will consider the ordinance, which establishes regulations on food trucks, as well as “veggie vans.” Members of the county’s Food Policy Advisory Council … [Read more...]

Solar farm appeal is rescheduled

A hearing on appeals to a proposed solar farm project has been rescheduled because of a glitch in advertising the original hearing date. The Pasco County Commission, with the approval of all parties involved in the matter, agreed to continue the appeal until Sept. 4 at 1:30 p.m. The original appeal had been set for Aug. 7. The appeal will be heard in the commissioners’ meeting room in … [Read more...]

Upscale townhomes proposed in Lutz

A project to build upscale townhomes, off Willow Bend Parkway, won the approval of the Pasco County Planning Commission. The favorable vote for the project is a recommendation. The Pasco County Commission has the final say. Two residents spoke against the project, largely based on concerns about traffic. There also was concern due to speculation that the developer wanted to build an … [Read more...]

Rosebud Continuum approved as a private school

Field trips to Rosebud Continuum are a regular, bi-weekly event for students at Academy at the Lakes during the school year. Students learn about gardening and sustainable practices for an environmentally friendly world. Now, Rosebud’s staff members are preparing for a future that will expand its outreach to more schools. The Pasco County Planning Commission on July 11 approved a … [Read more...]