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Berry Hill rezoning vote delayed until Nov. 5

DADE CITY — County commissioners won't have to decide the fate of a controversial subdivision proposed for east Pasco's rolling hills until after November's election.

All five voted to put off a decision on whether to allow a rezoning that would permit 266 homes on 403 acres across from Pasco-Hernando Community College. The move came at the request of the landowner, Tracy Harris, and developer Mike Holbrook. The hearing was rescheduled for Nov. 5, a day after the election. Harris and Holbrook did not attend Tuesday's meeting.

Twelve neighbors, who showed up to oppose the Berry Hill Estates rezoning, expressed anger over the delay, saying commissioners were trying to dodge a bullet.

"They're just playing the game," said Wendell Greenhalgh.

Residents said they have grown weary of rearranging schedules to show up at the numerous meetings when the proposal has been discussed.

"This is a waste of taxpayers' money," said Noah Kaaa, whose home sits across a dirt road from the proposed subdivision.

The development has drawn tie votes when discussed by the county's top planners and the county Planning Commission, which is comprised of residents. Technically, the tie votes count as recommended denials.

But opponents said they know commissioners are not bound by the recommendations.

"Anything said to the other two bodies has to be repeated," Jill Yelverton said.

Developers proposed building homes on various lot sizes, with one area of higher density that would be hooked up to Dade City water and sewer. The development is proposed as a "conservation subdivision," which requires at least half of the land be set aside as green space.

The county's zoning office had recommended approving the rezoning request with conditions.

Berry Hill rezoning vote delayed until Nov. 5 10/07/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 8, 2008 4:55pm]
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