Friday, February 23, 2018
News Roundup

Keystone-Odessa Community Plan approved by county commissioners

KEYSTONE-ODESSA — County commissioners recently approved the updated Keystone-Odessa Community Plan, a citizen-designed blueprint that limits development in the area.

The original plan, adopted in 2001, was under a routine 10-year review.

During the Feb. 9 public hearing, county residents spoke for and against the plan.

Tom Aderhold, president of the Keystone Civic Association, was among those in favor of the plan, wanting to maintain a rural feel in the area that stretches roughly from Pinellas County east to the Suncoast Parkway and from S Mobley Road north to Pasco County.

"The plan was in the form that we liked," Aderhold said later. "It served our purpose in the past 10 years."

Others have spoken against the plan's restrictions in recent years.

There were also complaints during the hearing about the community plan process.

Commissioners voted unanimously, 5-0, with commissioners Al Higginbotham and Les Miller absent.

The plan now goes to the state for review before an adoption public hearing scheduled for May 17.

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