Two Rivers — a community proposed to rise along State Road 56, between Morris Bridge Road and U.S. 301 — will offer people places to live, work and play — under plans submitted to Pasco County.
The community has taken a step closer to development — through the Pasco County Commission’s April 20 approval of a text change in the county’s comprehensive plan, and a change to the county’s highway vision map.
Commissioners approved the changes unanimously. No one spoke in favor or opposition to the proposed changes.
Next, the developer must secure a rezoning to create the proposed community. That request is in process and is expected to come to the county board in coming months.
Once the regulatory hurdles are cleared, efforts can begin to bring the proposed 3,405-acre community to life.
Two Rivers is envisioned as a place that features a mixture of housing types, work opportunities, shopping, recreation and schools, according to previous public hearings involving the development.
The project has been in planning stages — off and on — for more than 10 years, and there have been a number of ownership changes.
The current proposal calls for creating Two Rivers as a master-planned development, on the southern edge of Pasco County. The project would tie into a community that’s under the same ownership, which is just south of the Pasco-Hillsborough line.
County documents detail the proposed plan, which includes:
- 246 acres of conservation area
- 3,875 single-family homes
- 1,400 multifamily homes
- 1,125 age-restricted homes
- 1.3 million square feet for a targeted industry
- 630,000 square feet retail
Other elements include schools for elementary, middle and high students, on property that would be next to an 80-acre county park.
Two Rivers is expected to be a community that emphasizes walkability and includes an extensive trail system that provides connectivity within the community. Alternate modes of transportation, such as golf carts, also will be encouraged, to help residents get from place to place.
The proposed community also calls for numerous recreational amenities, including recreational complexes, multipurpose fields, ball diamonds, an aquatics center, playgrounds, a dog park, tennis and basketball courts, and open spaces.
Published April 28, 2021
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