A rezoning has been approved that will allow more than 1,400 residential units, and nearly 117,000 square feet of commercial and office uses on a site on State Road 52.
Specifically, the rezoning allows 953 single-family detached units, 119 single-family attached units, 336 multifamily units and 116,882 square feet of commercial/office uses on 493 acres.
The site is within the Central Pasco Employment Village (CPEV), an area designated by the Pasco County Commission years ago to create a coordinated vision among a group of landowners.
As adopted, the plan envisions a mixed-use employment village on more than 2,400 acres, located along the south side of State Road 52, roughly between the Collier Parkway Extension and Bellamy Brothers Boulevard. The employment village is expected to contain commercial, residential and industrial uses.
A system had been developed to allow landowners to swap entitlements among themselves, but during the Pasco County Commission’s May 2 meeting, it became clear that at least some board members don’t think that landowners within the CPEV should have to jump through hoops, if they want their sites to be used for industrial development.
“In the future, if somebody has industrial land desires in this CPEV, I don’t want them to have to go through a public hearing to have to do a swap. I want them to be able to get it real easy, to get themselves industrial land to get more jobs,” said County Commissioner Jack Mariano.
Commissioner Mike Moore agreed: “We want industrial. This was (CPEV) was done a long time ago. For them to have to go through this swap thing — the time and energy it takes to do it, when we want more industrial. It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense. It’s a lot of work for people.
“If they want to be able to put up industrial, they should be able to do that. They can do it tomorrow, if they want to,” Moore said.
Published May 11, 2022