Pasco County Council Approves Key Zoning Amendments

In a recent meeting, the Pasco County Council approved several significant zoning amendments and engaged in discussions on development standards and the future of local infrastructure. Among the approved items was a contentious zoning amendment for the Cherry Hills West mpud Master Plan unit development, which was debated for its impact on green space and parking provisions. Additionally, the council addressed a zoning change allowing for commercial office space, multifamily dwelling units, and townhomes in the Lando Lakes 5241 mpud Master Plan unit development, focusing on the balance between flexibility and adherence to established standards.

The most debated topic during the meeting was the Cherry Hills West mpud Master Plan unit development. The commissioners discussed the need for reserving right of way for a multi-use path and debated various aspects of the project’s design, including driveway width and the availability of parking spaces for visitors. The applicant’s representative stressed that they had waited for the county to settle on standards before proceeding with the project. Concerns were raised about the potential lack of parking spaces and the impact on the overall appearance of the development. The Planning Department emphasized that the standards aimed to protect green space and landscaping. Despite the detailed debate, the commissioners sought assurance that the proposed development would meet established standards, leading to the approval of the zoning amendment.

Another agenda item that garnered attention was the zoning change for the Lando Lakes 5241 mpud Master Plan unit development. This rezoning would enable the development of commercial office space, multifamily dwelling units, and townhomes. Discussions revolved around the necessity of specific language regarding driveway width and parking spaces, as commissioners desired more flexibility while ensuring adherence to the established standards. The Planning Department reiterated the importance of maintaining a balance between functionality and aesthetics.

The council also approved a zoning amendment for a change in zoning from an R3 high-density residential district and C1 neighborhood commercial District to a C2 General commercial district, with voluntarily agreed-upon deed restrictions. The restrictions included prohibiting access to certain roads, installing a block wall for buffering, and limiting hours of operation, among others.

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During the public comment section, infrastructure, environmental impacts, and public safety were prominent concerns. Randy Shane discussed the advantages of spray jet paving compared to traditional methods, referencing the improved results and the issue of slippage on Meridian Avenue. Nancy Hazelwood raised environmental concerns about the Brooksville Ridge, while representatives from the Rotary Club of Holiday emphasized the need for additional barricades to ensure public safety during street parades.

Economic development initiatives were also a key focus. The council approved an expansion project for Global ETS, a testing lab for electronic equipment, which is expected to create 32 new full-time jobs and contribute to the county’s economy. Kevin P’s appointment as the next Solid Waste director was confirmed, promising innovation and sustainability in waste management.

Additionally, a significant contract was awarded to NAAre Incorporated for inmate medical, mental health, and pharmaceutical services. The contract, valued at over 81 million dollars for a 5-year term, includes provisions for shared costs for off-site or specialty care, highlighting the council’s efforts to manage healthcare costs for inmates effectively.

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The council also recognized World Down Syndrome Day, calling for the illumination of landmarks in blue and yellow to raise awareness and combat stereotypes surrounding Down Syndrome. The commitment to the commission manager form of government was acknowledged by the Florida City and County Management Association and the International County and City Management Association.

The discussion extended to the implementation of APS technology for road construction, with the council approving additional expenditure for its benefits. The purchase of barricades for the Chasco Fiesta parade was debated, with the council ultimately approving funding with flexibility for the County Administrator to decide on the source.

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.

Administrator:
Mike Carballa
County Council Officials:
Ron Oakley, Seth Weightman, Kathryn Starkey, Gary Bradford, Jack Mariano

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