New subdivision approved off Bell Lake Road

The Pasco County Commission has approved a rezoning for a 27-home subdivision, at the northwest intersection of Bell Lake and Alpine roads. The site for the proposed subdivision is about 1 mile east of U.S. 41, in Land O’ Lakes. The approval will allow houses with a minimum of 40-foot-wide lots to be built on the 9.5-acre site. The board’s vote, at its Feb. 4 meeting, was the second time … [Read more...]

Central Pasco project could be like ‘a self-contained city’

A proposal for a 24 million-square-foot corporate business park, plus residential and other components in Central Pasco is a step closer to reality. The proposed development, dubbed Project Arthur, would be located on 6,951 acres — east of the Suncoast Parkway, west of the CSX rail line and south of State Road 52. In addition to the massive office park, there would be 11,495 residences and … [Read more...]

Wiregrass Ranch names COO

Scott Sheridan is a familiar face at Wiregrass Ranch. As senior vice president of King Engineering Associates Inc., he has been involved from the start in the master-planned community’s development. Since 2004, he has taken on various roles with the planning, engineering and permitting of the project. Sheridan now is putting on a new hat for the Wiregrass Ranch development company Locust … [Read more...]

Hotels go up as tourism grows in Pasco

Pasco County’s hotel market is thriving. Five hotels are either under construction, closing in on a groundbreaking or will open within months. A new Hilton Garden Inn is the most recent to complete permitting, with a construction start now in the offing. The 125-room, six-story hotel is rising off of State Road 56, at Maple Silver Parkway. Another 110-room Hilton Garden Inn at … [Read more...]

Governor slashes some budget items

Pasco County had some hits and misses in the 2017 state budget. Gov. Rick Scott signed a statewide budget bill of about $82 billion on March 17. But not before he slashed about $256 million in vetoed items, including $11 million sought for the proposed performing arts center at the Pasco-Hernando State College. However, he spared some Pasco projects including $450,000 for repairs and upkeep … [Read more...]

Key to county growth: More public buses

It was years in the making, and some said at least several years too long. But last spring, Pasco County Public Transportation — which manages the mass transit system in the county — finally connected Zephyrhills and New Port Richey with a bus. The trip takes less than two hours, and riders can take advantage of it simply with a $3.75 day pass. But if Pasco wants to find a way to lead … [Read more...]

Developers detour elevated road after concerns raised

Plans to build a 33-mile elevated highway across Pasco County hit its first roadblock last week after the developer of the project reportedly asked for more time. The Florida Department of Transportation agreed to leave open its request for other competing proposals until December, six weeks after its original deadline of Oct. 23. Wayne Middleton, a partner with International Infrastructure … [Read more...]

County must find ways to work with cities, ULI says

"Just say no” is the mantra Pasco County officials have been told to adopt when it comes to new development. That is, until they get to the eastern side of the county. Often overlooked in favor of the coastal side of the county, and more recently the southern tier, Zephyrhills and Dade City have a lot going for them. And county commissioners need to pay close attention to make it work … [Read more...]

Embrace medical growth, ditch old habits, experts say

Nancy Reagan made the saying popular in the 1980s, and it’s time Pasco County learns it: Just say no. That was the recommendation of the Urban Land Institute, the independent growth and development analytical group that has spent the past five years exploring the ins and outs of the county. And in its first major presentation of its findings in a meeting last week, ULI officials said Pasco … [Read more...]

They are coming, will Pasco be able to build it?

For decades, the population center of Pasco County has been on its western, coastal side. Areas surrounding Port Richey and New Port Richey have always been the focus of activity thanks to their proximity to Pinellas County. But by 2025, that could all change. The southern portion of Pasco County, which as late as 1990 had population rivaling only the northern rural parts of the county, will … [Read more...]