Manatee County commissioners to consider development on Mill Creek

skennedy@bradenton.comFebruary 7, 2013 

MANATEE -- Plans for a residential development, parts of which may be subject to flooding, are slated to come before the Manatee County Commission today.

The Serenity Creek development calls for 111 single-family, detached homes to be built on 64.79 acres, according to county documents.

It would be located in an area of known flooding adjacent to Mill Creek, near the intersection of Pope Road and State Road 64, documents said.

The developer is seeking to add 26 more lots than were previously approved, for a gross density of 1.71 dwelling units per acre, documents said.

Planners added a number of stipulations to the proposal dealing with flooding, such as drainage easements and notices to buyers, documents said.

The developer, Meritage

Homes of Florida Inc., must inform buyers that "portions of the site are in the 100-year and 25-year flood plains, and may be subject to flooding," documents said.

There are 1,657 trees on the site, with Meritage Homes proposing to preserve 371 of them, including a giant, 36-inch oak tree, according to the proposal. However, the company would provide about 674 replacement trees, it said.

"Existing native vegetation located within any required landscape buffer shall be preserved to the greatest extent possible," said one staff-recommended stipulation.

The land includes 2.1 acres of wetlands, but there are no plans to disturb any of it, documents indicated.

A total of 4.063 acres of upland habitat preservation are provided as part of the proposal, which included conservation easements to be placed over all wetlands, wetland buffers and upland preservation areas, according to the plans.

Amenities including a pool and clubhouse were dropped in favor of a passive park with benches and trails, according to the proposal.

The Manatee County Planning Commission approved the project Jan. 10.

Sara Kennedy, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7031. Follow her on Twitter @sarawrites.com.

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