WESLEY CHAPEL, Fla. — Neighbors are at odds over what to do with a portion of road that two Wesley chapel neighborhoods use.
“Facebook was lit up and it was pretty crazy,” said Matt Holderman, who lives in Meadow Pointe II.
Wrencrest Drive extends from Mansfield Boulevard to Meadow Pointe Boulevard — from above, a change in the pavement clearly defines the split between Meadow Pointe II and Meadow Pointe III. On Friday, an actual barricade was installed, which sent neighbors into a frenzy.
“It’s a lot of craziness,” said Daisy Lazo, who lives in Meadow Point III.
Pasco County officials say the Meadow Pointe II CDD didn’t have proper permits to put up the metal poles. They were forced to take it down. But you can still see paint on the ground and the recently filled in holes where the poles were installed.
“What’s the point of building it just to waste money?” Diego Lazo said.
Neighbors in Meadow Pointe III were allowed to use the gate owned and maintained by Meadow Pointe II as part of an official agreement that, according to neighbors, ended last week.
“They knew it was coming so everybody should’ve been on the ball last year,” said Holderman.
Folks in Meadow Pointe III say entering from Mansfield Boulevard shaves 10-15 minutes off their drive time but others say that extra traffic on Wrencrest is speeding and also damaging the west portion of the road.
Holderman says the gate access doesn’t go both ways. He says they can exit but can’t enter through those gates.
“We can’t use their back exit,” he said. “We were never given a code, and our clickers don’t work so them not being able to use our front gates seem fair.”
But other neighbors say it wasn’t always like that. Meadow Pointe II did have access to the other two entrances into Meadow Pointe III but neighbors say the CDD did not upgrade their remote technology to be compatible with the entrance gates.
Holderman thinks a traffic study would help the CDDs figure out the next move. But even he agrees the barricade isn’t the answer.
“I hope they can come to an agreeable solution whether that’s both gates be used by everybody or just split it but no barricade should be put in place,” he said.
Officials with Pasco County sent a statement on the issue:
"Upon receipt of a building permit application, Pasco County will further review the matter to determine not only whether the proposed construction meets the technical code requirements, but also whether the proposed construction is allowed pursuant to the county’s Land Development Code regulations (such as provisions concerning road interconnectivity, approved site plans, etc.), or whether further development approval(s) will be required."
It is the county’s desire that the two CDDs work together to resolve this matter. Additional questions or comments should be directed to the board members and/or attorneys for the respective CDDs involved.
Both CDDs have upcoming meetings where neighbors can voice concerns.
The public meeting for Meadow Pointe II is February 19 at 6:30 p.m. The public meeting for Meadow Pointe III is February 19 at 6:30 p.m.
We reached out to both CDDs for information, but officials from both say they can’t comment at this point.