Central Pasco Employment Village landowners debate development plans


NEW PORT RICHEY — When the county approved the sprawling 2,400-acre Central Pasco Employment Village a dozen years ago, the idea was to get a group of neighboring landowners to agree to a plan for shared development to create a centralized job centre.

But the devil is always in the details.

As pieces of this village begin to come together, grudges have developed among a few landowners, as demonstrated in May at a meeting of the Pasco Planning Commission. There, Pasco County D&D Ranch owner Andy Scaglione accused neighbor George Southworth of 3KS Family LLLP of taking too big a slice of the available commercial pie.

He also said Southworth had changed the location of a proposed road adjoining his property without notice, rendering a strip of Scaglione land potentially unworkable, and that Southworth had leveled trees on his own property which would not have had to be cut.

D&D Ranch of Pasco County owner Andy Scaglione said neighbor George Southworth improperly cut trees as he prepared to develop his land in the Central Pasco Employment Village. Southworth said he was just replacing pasture and had the agricultural right to do so. [ Andy Scaglione ]

Southworth was seeking an additional 300,000 square feet of commercial use on his land, added to the 200,000 already allocated to an adjacent parcel to the east that he recently sold. Combined, this would mean that his commercial rights to these two plots would far exceed his allocation based on the formula worked out with all the landowners in the Job Village.

“It’s just not fair,” said engineer Daniel Bergin of Civil on Demand, who filed the objection to the demand on Scaglione’s behalf. He called Southworth’s request “grossly unbalanced” and told the planning commissioners that the idea of ​​the job village agreement was for all landowners to share equally in the limited available development rights.

Southworth and its development team dispute these accusations.

On Thursday, the Planning Commission is trying to resolve disagreements and transfer the rezoning application on the 321-acre site to the County Commission for a final decision.

At the May meeting, Southworth and his team said they plan to cede much of their commercial rights to the wider group of landowners in the Job Village to share once the county has removed the cap on industrial development in the village. They also said the location of the road was only a concept at the planning stage and that clearing was allowed to provide grazing for livestock on what is currently farmland.

Southworth and its planner, Cynthia Spidell, said the concept plan for the site has been available for review since a public meeting several months ago. They said the changes in the route of the road and the claim for the return of commercial building rights to the first plot should not have come as a surprise, as the official documents to that effect had already been filed.

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The Planning Commission suggested that the parties meet to settle their differences. Scaglione said this week that after phone calls with Southworth no resolution could be found on the location of the road. He also met with representatives from the Southwest Florida Water Management District and the state Fish and Wildlife Commission to report work at the Southworth site, which he said , could be harmful. swamps.

The Water Management District sent Southworth a warning letter on Tuesday to stop work at this time.

Enforcement planning commissioners will review Thursday includes 2 million square feet of business park and industrial uses, which were not in dispute, and 150,000 square feet of commercial uses.

The 3KS family of Southworth sold the adjacent property to the east to Amazon.com Services LLC for $11.8 million in December, property records show. In January, Amazon announced plans for a $150 million, 517,220 square foot facility in the Job Village for a new robotic sorting facility that it says will will create 500 jobs.


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