Robinson Preserve rezone OK'd by Manatee planners

skennedy@bradenton.comAugust 16, 2013 

MANATEE -- A rezone of 149.18 acres designed to expand Robinson Preserve was OK'd Thursday by the Manatee County Planning Commission.

The board agreed with the county planning staff, which recommended that the newly acquired Robinson Preserve acreage be rezoned from "Planned Development Residential" to "Conservation."

Since the planning commission is an advisory body, the final decision will be made by the Manatee County Commission.

The proposed conservation zoning district "is intended to preserve and protect large areas of open space, vegetative habitat, natural drainage systems, aquifer recharge areas, soils and wildlife habitats..." county documents stated. The actual address of the land is 1704 99th St. NW.Planning Commission members approved the rezoning request unanimously with almost no discussion.

Plans call for a variety of nature trails, a "canopy walk" through old-growth trees, playgrounds, another kayak launch and storage area, an education center that will mimic the leafy grace of a treehouse, a lake, shorebird nesting areas and low-level marshes, the Herald has reported. The rezoning is one step toward enlarging the popular Robinson Preserve on the northwest edge of Bradenton to 637 acres.

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

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