Manatee County Commission OKs Serenity Creek residential development, 7-0

skennedy@bradenton.comFebruary 8, 2013 

MANATEE -- Plans for an East Manatee residential development, parts of which may be subject to flooding, won 7-0 approval Thursday from the Manatee County Commission.

With little discussion, the board OK'd the project called "Serenity Creek," which will be located in an area of known flooding adjacent to Mill Creek, near the intersection of Pope Road and State Road 64.

Plans called for 111 single-family, detached homes to be built on 64.79 acres.

After the vote, Bill Merrill III, a representative for developer Meritage Homes of Florida Inc., said, "We're pleased it was approved."

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

The developer agreed to all the stipulations, Merrill said.

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

There are 1,657 trees on the site, with Meritage Homes intending to preserve 371 of them, including a 36-inch oak tree, documents said.

The company would plant about 674 replacement trees, county documents said.

Amenities including a pool and clubhouse were dropped in favor of a passive park with benches and trails, county documents said.

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

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