Plans to close Quail Hollow Golf Course and redevelop the land are moving into the next phase.
Pasco County commissioners voted 5-1 in July to rezone the property, with Chairman Mike Moore dissenting.
A pre-application meeting was set for Aug. 14 between Pasco County planners and representatives of golf course owner Andre Carollo.
That meeting is a preliminary step before additional documents and a detailed site plan are submitted for county review.
Plans call for 388 single-family houses, according to the pre-application form filed with the county.
The approved rezoning allows up to 400 single-family houses, 30,000 square-feet of office/retail and a 10,000-square-foot day care center.
The project was approved despite stiff opposition from Quail Hollow residents during public hearings.
Opponents said the redevelopment would devalue their properties, harm the neighborhood’s residential character, cause flooding and add more traffic to inadequate roads.
Attorney Barbara Wilhite, representing Carollo, said the course was not profitable, and Carollo’s request for rezoning was for redevelopment that would be less intense than the site’s existing zoning allowed.
The debate often centered on property rights of Carollo.
Area residents countered that their property rights were being ignored.
They noted that developers marketed their homes, years ago, as part of a golf course community.
But, Wilhite said the golf course was built first, and that the Quail Hollow subdivision was separate from the golf course.
Published September 6, 2017