PALMETTO -- The Palmetto City Commission approved changes to its comprehensive plan at Tuesday evening's meeting.
Lorraine Lyn, city planner, proposed mandatory and recommended changes to the city plan, which lays out the goals for growth.
Changes include adding a 10-year water supply plan, updating policies and proposed ordinances and implementing goals to use "complete streets" when constructing new roads. Complete streets include bike lanes, water drainage and sidewalks designed and constructed by developers.
City regulations had to be updated for concurrency management due to recent changes by Gov. Rick Scott. Concurrency management dictates a developer must show proof their utilities or infrastructure are in place.
Lyn said the next phase in the process of updating a comprehensive plan is for the city to send the amendments to various state agencies for review. Those agencies have 30 days to review and make comments and recommendations on Palmetto's plan. After receiving the recommendations, the Palmetto commission will have 180 days to approve them, said Lyn.
"We make these changes and we transmit it to the state for review," said Lyn. "We still have a ways to go, but that's how planning is done. Incrementally."
In other business:
The city commission passed a conditional use permit for Just Bounce, a new children's entertainment center at 609 10th St. E. in the Palmetto Village Shopping Center. Owner Ismail Burcin Tanrisever said he plans to open late October or early November depending on how quickly he receives building permits. He is also the owner of Sude Bounce, a bounce house and party rental company in Ellenton.
"This is new to Palmetto. There is nothing else like it here," said Tanrisever.
The city commission passed an ordinance to grant the Palms of Terra Ceia Bay Community Development District special powers, which include street, water system and pond maintenance on its property. This ordinance is scheduled for a public hearing at 7 p.m. Sept. 9 during the commission meeting.
Commissioner Charles Smith was voted the second vice president of the Florida Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials during this year's Florida League of Cities annual conference. Mayor Shirley Groover Bryant congratulated him during the commission meeting.
"We are very pleased for you to represent the city," said Bryant.
Smith serves behind the president and first vice president in the caucus. His term will last one year.
"I'm really humbled by this and I'm thankful," said Smith.
Bryant also recognized August as National Breast-feeding Month in Palmetto. Robin and Emma Bryant and the Healthy Start Coalition of the Manatee County team accepted the proclamation.
Janey Tate, city of Bradenton and Palmetto reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7041. You can follow her on Twitter at Janey_Tate.