The Pasco County Planning Commission has approved a bed and breakfast in Northeast Pasco, on the north side of River Road, about three-quarters of a mile west of Auton Road.
The planning board unanimously approved the request as part of its consent agenda, meaning no one spoke for or against the request.
The board’s action on the special exception request came during its Jan. 20 meeting. The planning board is the final decision-making body on special exception requests, unless an appeal is made to the Pasco County Commission.
In this case, the request came from S&S Ranch, which wants to create a bed and breakfast, tourist home on an 18.28-acre site, in the agricultural district.
The applicant’s narrative describes the proposed bed and breakfast this way: “S&S Airbnb is situated on 18 beautiful acres with beautiful gardens, wildlife, domestic farm animals, and tranquility. The rental unit is located on the downstairs of a two-story home. It has two bedrooms, a private bath, living room and kitchen.
“The site has many amenities and is close to Dade City,” the narrative adds.
“The entertainment venue is located on 18 beautiful acres and has a covered pavilion ready for your gathering of up to 100 people,” the narrative continues.
“The pavilion is beautifully decorated for any event and you can add your special touch for your event. We have tables and chairs to accommodate your guests.
“The pristine gardens and amenities make gorgeous settings for your photos to make lasting memories.
“S&S also provides educational events for children and adults. Educational events such as
preschool field trips where children learn about a working farm, animal husbandry and nature,” the narrative concludes.
Under the conditions for approval, the bed and breakfast is limited to two bedrooms.
The conditions also note that the “event venue shall be limited to the exempt agrotourism activities in Section 570.86, Florida Statutes, as may be amended.”
Another condition states that the property “may be subject to review under the Pasco County code, which shall include building and building regulations, fire prevention and protection, and health and welfare, at the time of site plan review.”
Another condition notes that “the owners/applicants may be required to pay additional impact and mobility fees associated with the change of use from a single-family dwelling unit to a bed and breakfast, tourist home.”
And, “If applicable, the owners/applicants shall pay all associated impact and mobility fees associated with the change of use prior to issuance of the certificate of occupancy.”
Before any development activity occurs, the applicant must receive approval of a preliminary site plan.
Other conditions say that, if applicable, the applicant must comply with all the requirements for public lodging under local, state and federal regulations; that the owner must maintain all required county and state permits, licenses, individual health certificates and inspections.
Also, the owners/applicants shall comply with the requirements of the County’s Tourist Development tax collections.
The conditionals also note that county staff may initiate enforcement actions for violations of the conditions of approval.
Published January 26, 2022