Palmetto delays decision to incorporate Manatee County land

nwilliams@bradenton.comDecember 11, 2012 

PALMETTO -- A Manatee company has requested its property be incorporated by the City of Palmetto.

Art Rentals, LLC is seeking annexation for four general commercial duplexes consisting of eight units on .7 acres at 529 20th St. W.

The liability company made the request to gain access to the city's sewage line.

Due to incorrect advertisement for the public hearing, however, the board postponed making a decision until a Jan. 7 public hearing.

Allen Tusing, director of Palmetto Public Works, said Art Rentals would pay for a lift station to gain access to the city's utilities. The cost would be about $14,000.

Incorporating the property meets city requirements but rezoning the property from a county commercial zone to a city residential zone is a nonconforming use.

"Its density is in excess of what our code allows," Palmetto attorney Mark Barnebey said.

The commission denied a similar request in the same area in July, but adopted an ordinance to allow utilities to be extended outside city limits for parcels owned by non-profits that benefit the city. The request was made by Volunteers of America of Florida.

What the city would accrue in property taxes from Art Rentals was not made available at the meeting.

In other actions Monday, the commission voted to release a 20-foot utility easement for Riviera Walk West. Access to the easement will allow wetland mitigation. Riviera Walk West was previously approved for 60 town homes on 6.4 acres near U.S. 41 and Haben Boulevard. A representative from Austin Environmental Group, which represents Riviera Walk West, said the wetland will allow for planted species behind the planned homes.

The board also voted to give city employees New Year's Eve off as a one-time only event to coincide with the county schedule.

Nick Williams, East Manatee reporter, can be reached at 941-748-0411 ext. 7049. Twitter:@_1NickWilliams

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