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Meadow Pointe expansion approved

To ease the impact on existing homeowners, the developer must use an alternate route off State Road 54 to get into the community.

By JAMES THORNER

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 6, 2001


Pasco County approved the first of what could be 4,000 new homes in Wesley Chapel's Meadow Pointe community, but in so doing tried to minimize disruptions to existing neighborhoods in the popular suburban development.

In approving the first 154 homes on 93 acres in Meadow Pointe III, the county's Development Review Committee banned construction and emergency trucks from rumbling over streets serving the 3,500 homes of Meadow Pointe I and II.

Pasco wants trucks to use dirt-paved Smith Road off State Road 54 rather than the more southerly Bruce B. Downs Boulevard and County Line Road.

Representatives of Devco Development Co. complained the dirt roads, while suitable for construction equipment, would prove impassable for fire engines, ambulances and passenger cars.

Devco wanted the county to exempt it from providing an emergency route until developers built Meadow Pointe Boulevard, a future north-south thoroughfare connecting County Line Road and SR 54.

Devco isn't required to build the boulevard until it completes more than 600 homes in Meadow Pointe III.

Roads were also an issue as the development committee tackled a large commercial development proposal in Land O'Lakes Thursday.

Collier Commons would occupy an 80-acre horse farm at SR 54 and Collier Parkway.

County Administrator John Gallagher, who chairs the development committee, wondered why maps of the proposed development failed to include a circular road through the property.

"We're just going to stack them up out there," Gallagher said of the potential for traffic congestion at what is one of Land O'Lakes' busiest intersections.

Development Primerica Group One Inc. won tentative approval to install a traffic signal at its future Collier Parkway entrance, a signal the development's traffic would share with Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church.

But plans for an internal road to move traffic within the development fell by the wayside when developers decided to build a gated apartment complex behind the planned shopping center.

Primerica has announced Publix will occupy one of the two main spaces in its shopping center, an announcement the supermarket chain has declined to confirm.

The development committee approved what it called a "conceptual access site plan" for Collier Commons. Plans for the actual shopping center have yet to come before the committee.

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