Transit survey offers Pasco residents a say

Judy Geiger would like to see Trilby Road widened, to improve its safety. The Dade City resident explained the need: “We have a number of bicyclists. The roads are not wide enough to accommodate them and the cars. If you get behind a set of (bicyclists), you’re stuck. It’s not safe.” She was among those attending a recent workshop held by the Pasco Metropolitan Planning Organization … [Read more...]

Decision coming on solar farm permits

A decision on how and where to permit solar farms in Pasco County is headed for a vote on June 5 at 1:30 p.m., in Dade City. Pasco County commissioners will consider an amended ordinance for the land development code on regulating solar farms. The ordinance had a first public hearing on May 22 in New Port Richey. No vote was taken at that hearing. The matter has produced heated debate since … [Read more...]

Solar farm approval recommended

Despite opposition from area residents, a proposed solar farm of Blanton Road in northeast Pasco County is a step closer to approval. Pasco County’s Development Review Committee has recommended approval of an amended ordinance that opens the way for the project’s development. Committee members agreed with the county’s planning department that the solar farm, located on agricultural land, … [Read more...]

Commissioners approve Connected City

A champagne toast and tethered hot-air balloon rides heralded the groundbreaking for a 7-acre manmade Crystal Lagoon that — when finished — will be large enough for six football fields, end to end. In the background, construction workers stirred dust and hammered nails into model homes for the first master-planned community in Epperson Ranch, along the Connected City corridor. The Crystal … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills bans fracking

The City of Zephyrhills has banned fracking, a controversial practice of extracting oil or natural gas. The Zephyrhills City Council voted unanimously to prohibit the use of land for hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, within the city’s limits. In taking the action, the city is following the lead of other Florida municipalities. The council’s vote received an ovation from … [Read more...]

Rural protections in place for Northeast Pasco

After more than a decade, a set of regulations laying out a plan to preserve the rural character of northeast Pasco County finally is in place. The Pasco County Commission unanimously approved an ordinance to adopt development standards for the Northeast Pasco Rural Protection Overlay District on Aug. 9. Nearly 50 area residents attended the public hearing on the ordinance. A handful spoke … [Read more...]

Keeping rural Pasco rural

After waiting a decade, residents in northeast rural Pasco County are finally embarking on a quest to create development standards for their quiet neck of the woods. During a Jan. 27 Pasco County Commission meeting, county staff told commissioners that they plan to begin holding stakeholder meetings on the issue in February. The county’s work plan cites a goal of adopting Northeast Pasco … [Read more...]