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Pasco commissioners approve controversial subdivision west of Dade City

DADE CITY — After an emotional four-hour debate over a developer's rights and the rural character of east Pasco, the County Commission voted 4-0 to approve the controversial Citrus Ridge subdivision west of Dade City on Tuesday night.

Commissioners scaled back the proposal from 358 homes to 302, and required the developer to put up $764,000 to help improve the intersection of St. Joe Road and 21st Street, among other conditions. Commissioner Ted Schrader abstained from the vote because his brother was on the board of URADCO, which owns the property.

"This is probably not what you folks want on either side," said Commissioner Ann Hildebrand, who moved to approve the development with the list of conditions, including a requirement for a secondary access road that is acceptable to the county.

Clearwater-based Bayshore-Broadway Developers originally proposed 450 homes on the 112-acre tract off St. Joe Road, which is owned by URADCO, the development arm of the Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative. Top county administrators knocked that down to 358.

Last month, planning commissioners unanimously recommended denial of the project amid complaints that it would be incompatible in an area earmarked for transition from urban to rural. County staff recommended approval with conditions.

The subdivision has been a hot topic since it was first proposed three years ago.

Joel Tew, attorney for the developers, said that his clients could already build 330 homes under current zoning rules, but wanted the higher density as part of a master planned community. He said the higher number would give the county "total control" over the design.

If his clients were to build the 330 homes, he said, it would result in cookie cutter homes rather than "garages in the rear and cute little front porches."

"We're not going to have an attractive community," he said.

About 100 neighbors, wearing their signature red shirts to signify their opposition, turned out Tuesday to make an impression.

"I'm a fourth generation Floridian, and a good citizen isn't someone who comes into our back yard and tries to overpower us," said Noah Kaaa, who lives in another area that successfully fought the proposed Berry Hill neighborhood this year.

Opponents showed a PowerPoint presentation that illustrated their concerns about traffic and congestion.

Dade City officials, who turned down the project themselves when developers initially floated the idea of building inside the city limits through annexation, reiterated their opposition Tuesday night.

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Restrictions for landfills supported

In other business Tuesday, commissioners gave preliminary approval to a measure that would limit landfills for household garbage to property designated for public and semi-public use. In their decision, the commissioners were acting as the local planning agency.

The proposal drew opposition from Angelo's Aggregate Materials attorney Jerry Figurski, who argued that it was an attempt to thwart his client's effort to build and operate a private, for-profit landfill south of Dade City. Angelo's property is classified agricultural/residential.

The state in February denied Angelo's request for a permit to build the landfill, but the company appealed. A judge is expected to hear the matter in September. If Angelo's wins, the proposal could come before the commission.

The restriction on landfills has to be approved by the County Commission before it can take effect.

Pasco commissioners approve controversial subdivision west of Dade City 08/11/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 11, 2009 10:53pm]
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