Pasco County Purchases Property

The Pasco County Board of County Commissioners has agreed to purchase the land that would have been used to build The Oaks at Riverside Apartment Complex.

Property Sale Agreement

We do not have the details of what the results of the Municipal Services Benefit Unit will cost the area residents but we do have the map that was used to calculate which homeowners will be impacted.

MSBU Assessment Map

We will post more information as it becomes available.

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Community Update

Here is an update from a member who attended the County Commission meeting:

This was my take from the final discussion. We have a contract for purchase pending the outcome of public hearings on Municipal Service Benefit Unit (MSBU), which is a special taxing district created to pay for a municipal service benefit (such as Fire Stations, parks, Storm water facilities, etc.). An undeveloped park plan will be proposed as it is the easiest avenue for applying for the MSBU. Approximate homeowner taxpayer assessment cost for undeveloped park land would be around $125, a year for 15 years. The Board of County Commissioners decided today to move forward with purchasing the property under the assumption they can create an MSBU, there will be separate public hearings under separate resolution and special noticing (newspaper, signs, etc.). It would be at those separate public hearings that citizens would be invited to discuss the issues at hand before a final decision is made to create the MSBU.

Chris Scherer and the commissioners have an agreement to try to finalize the sale by 90 days from contract agreement.

The timeframe also allows the County and our State Representative Corcoran to pursue other sources of repayment from FEMA, State Funds, and SWIFTMUD for flood mitigation which would also reduce the taxpayer out of pocket.

The commissioners are really behind correcting this land use dilemma. Our residents need to rally to ensure we get the best outcome. It’s 240 apartments which Scherer has zoning for as his second set of plans for development were filed 1/24/14. 102 units in phase one and 138 units in the second phase or the tax assessment with possible relief from other government funding. The commissioners spent hours in discussion. Hopefully they can cut our part by 50% but no guarantees.

Impression: Scherer has been delayed two years, it’s this deal or he plans on building…

News Articles

Pasco to ax Oaks at Riverside apartment project – tbo.com

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Appeal to Pasco County Board of County Commissioners

The attorney for We Are 5533 Strong has filed the formal appeal of the Pasco DRC’s approval of The Oaks Apartment Complex. You can access the formal appeal by clicking here or by going to the Important Documents section of the website.

The Pasco County Board of County Commissioners has accepted the appeal and has scheduled the public appeal meeting to hear from We Are 5533 Strong and the community at large.

When: Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Time:   1:30 p.m.
Where: West Pasco Government Center Board Room – 8731 Citizens Drive, New Port Richey

This meeting is open to the public. It’s very important that you tell all of your friends, family and neighbors to attend this meeting!

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Community Meeting (Corrected)

We Are 5533 Strong will be holding a community update meeting in June. Details are below.

When: Thursday, June 6, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church, 8320 Old CR54, New Port Richey (Google Maps Link)

We need your support. Please let all of your neighbors, friends and family know about this important community meeting!

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Response to threat of lawsuit by Scherer Development

PRESS RELEASE

Contact: Greg Giordano (850) 717-5036

Date: April 9, 2013

 

State Representatives Mike Fasano & Richard Corcoran Are Disgusted With Threatened SLAPP Suite Against Heritage Lake/ Cedarwood Village Residents

 

As has been well documented in the media, residents of the Heritage Lake Community Association and the Cedarwood Village Community I and II have been vocal opponents of the proposed development known as The Oaks at Riverside.  Potential flooding issues and related concerns have been at the heart of the residents’ protest of the planned development.

 

It was announced this day by the attorney representing the protesting residents that the developer is threatening to file a SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) suit against the residents.  A SLAPP suit is basically an attempt to silence critics or opponents by threatening to burden them with the cost of legal and related fees if they don’t stop exercising their free speech rights.

 

“It is outrageous and disgraceful that a deep-pocketed developer would threaten to take to court ordinary citizens who have every legal right to protest a proposed action in their own backyard,” Representative Mike Fasano states.  “This is nothing more than a despicable attempt to frighten senior citizens into dropping their objections to a development they truly have concerns with.”

 

“The individuals and families who live next to the proposed development have legitimate concerns regarding how flooding, traffic and related changes in conditions will impact their homes,” Representative Richard Corcoran states.  “They have retained counsel to guide them through a process that is open to anyone who has similar concerns with local and state permitting processes.  They have a right to express those concerns without undue intimidation.”

 

“We live in a nation that affords every citizen the ability to petition the courts for redress of any wrong or perceived wrong,” Representative Fasano continues.  “The threatened suit is basically a blackmail effort by the developer.  If the residents don’t pay the amount of money the developer is demanding then legal action will be commenced against them.  Developer intimidation is an abuse of the courts. Representative Corcoran and I stand with the residents and hope that they will not fold to the bullying tactics of this developer.”

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County DRC Approves Permit

The County Development Review Committee (DRC) approved the county staff permits, with limited requirements for the developer to maintain the drainage system adjacent to the developers property.

Also, it appears the county has the responsibility to maintain the drainage, at least between Amazon and Alvernon Drs. and maybe further south.

We’ll appeal this decision to the Commissioners, where we will need as many people as possible to contact all the Commissioners with their concerns. It is possible that if we convince 3 of them that this project should not be allowed,
they could vote to not approve it or put more restrictions on the developer.

Everyone needs to write the Commissioners, write to the local papers, and contact anyone in Fairway Springs, Thousand Oaks, Trinity Oaks, and others to urge them to get involved.

GET INVOLVED!!!

I can’t stress this enough.

Bill Gillies
President We Are 5533 Strong INC.

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Important Meeting! March 21, 2013 at 1:30 p.m.

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
2013 PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE
Pasco County

IMPORTANT EVENT- Residents please attend.

March 21, 2013 – 1:30 P.M. DRC/ZONING VARIANCE MEETING – New Port Richey Government Center (Little Road)

This public hearing is to listen to arguments/appeal against the decision of the Development Review Committee to allow the building of The Oaks Apartments at Riverside Village.  Our first hearing was attended in November with a great turnout of residents from our communities. That hearing resulted in a delay until January; so we could enlist additional resources in our appeal.

WE ARE 5533 STRONG has enlisted the services of an attorney and engineer. We will present our reasons with supporting evidence why the apartment development is a serious threat to Stormwater Management and the lives of residents who will be adversely affected by the large development.

Please neighbors come to this crucial public hearing. We need to stand together and make our rights understood in this hearing. We elected the Commissioners who oversee these operations. They pledge to serve the people of Pasco County. 

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Important Meeting! February 21, 2013 at 1:30 p.m.

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
2013 PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE
Pasco County

IMPORTANT EVENT- Residents please attend.

February 21, 2013 – 1:30 P.M. DRC/ZONING VARIANCE MEETING – New Port Richey Government Center (Little Road)

This public hearing is to listen to arguments/appeal against the decision of the Development Review Committee to allow the building of The Oaks Apartments at Riverside Village.  Our first hearing was attended in November with a great turnout of residents from our communities. That hearing resulted in a delay until January; so we could enlist additional resources in our appeal.

WE ARE 5533 STRONG has enlisted the services of an attorney and engineer. We will present our reasons with supporting evidence why the apartment development is a serious threat to Stormwater Management and the lives of residents who will be adversely affected by the large development.

Please neighbors come to this crucial public hearing. We need to stand together and make our rights understood in this hearing. We elected the Commissioners who oversee these operations. They pledge to serve the people of Pasco County. 

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Important Meeting – Pasco County Government Center – Thursday January 24th at 1:30 p.m.

BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
2013 PUBLIC HEARING SCHEDULE
Pasco County

IMPORTANT EVENT- Residents please attend.

JANUARY 24 1:30 P.M. DRC/ZONING VARIANCE MEETING – New Port Richey Government Center (Little Road)

This public hearing is to listen to arguments/appeal against the decision of the Development Review Committee to allow the building of The Oaks Apartments at Riverside Village.  Our first hearing was attended in November with a great turnout of residents from our communities. That hearing resulted in a delay until January; so we could enlist additional resources in our appeal.

WE ARE 5533 STRONG has enlisted the services of an attorney and engineer. We will present our reasons with supporting evidence why the apartment development is a serious threat to Stormwater Management and the lives of residents who will be adversely affected by the large development.

Please neighbors come to this crucial public hearing. We need to stand together and make our rights understood in this hearing. We elected the Commissioners who oversee these operations. They pledge to serve the people of Pasco County. 

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Progress!

Thank you to all of the residents who showed up to the meeting of the Pasco County Development Review Committee meeting today. Your attendance and your voice was much appreciated. If you have not already heard, the Pasco County DRC has granted a continuation on the review of this project until the end of January 2013. We will use this additional time to strengthen our position on this development and ensure we are representing the communities interests.

The next meeting of the Pasco County DRC will be as follows:

Date:        Thursday, January 24, 2012
Time:        1:30 p.m.
Location:  West Pasco Government Center Board Room – 7530 Little Road, New Port Richey 

Our battle is nowhere near over! We still need your support! Please be sure you are subscribed to our e-mail list and take a moment now to make a donation which will help us continue to fight the good fight.

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