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Subdivision is planning to expand in Land O'Lakes

At its next meeting, the Development Review Committee will consider the next phase of Sable Ridge in Land O'Lakes.

The last grassy hillocks and scrubby citrus trees will yield to the developer's backhoe as the Sable Ridge subdivision continues its march up Collier Parkway.

The next phase of the development, to include as many as 231 homes in the $105,000 to $200,000 price range, will push Sable Ridge to within half a mile of Hale Road.

Pasco County's Development Review Committee is scheduled to consider the latest expansion of Sable Ridge at its next meeting on Aug. 12.

Developer Rick Neff of Lerian Investments said he would like to complete the grading, drainage and utilities installation on the 60 acres by the end of the year.

Suarez Housing, the Tampa company building two earlier phases of Sable Ridge called Osprey Cove and Eagle Crest, will construct the next phase of the subdivision as well.

"We're anticipating the first half of the new year to start construction," said Diane Flagg, Suarez's sales and marketing director.

"If we're talking a couple hundred lots, we're probably looking at a three- to five-year buildout."

Flagg expects to offer 10 or 11 floor plans, most in the airy, high-ceilinged "Florida style." Home size will range from about 1,350 square feet to 2,700 square feet, she said.

"It will be a continuation of the homes we're offering now," Flagg said.

Construction began at Sable Ridge in 1996 with 183 homes and is expected to grow to about 800 homes by the time it is finished.

Earlier phases of the subdivision, all on Collier Parkway north of Parkway Boulevard, include the Landings at Sable Ridge and the Lakes at Sable Ridge. The Landings is still in the early stages of construction.

The expansion on Collier is one of the clearest signs Land O'Lakes remains a popular place to relocate, Flagg said.

Reasons most often cited: lower taxes, cheaper insurance and less congestion.

"I get a feeling people think Pasco allows them a little easier living, but transportation seems to be okay with the new roads coming online," she said.

Fortunately for the buyers in Sable Ridge, Collier is scheduled to be widened next year from two to four lanes. The parkway is often gummed up with traffic during morning rush hour.