Palmetto implements comprehensive plan changes

jtate@bradenton.comNovember 19, 2013 

PALMETTO -- The Palmetto City Commission approved changes 5-0 to its comprehensive plan at Monday evening's meeting.

Lorraine Lyn, city planner, explained the mandatory and recommended changes which lays out the city's 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.

Allen Tusing, public works director, said most of the changes are text amendments and date changes.

"The ten year water plan is basically the major change that we did," said Tusing. "The water plan is that we get water from the county and most of our plan is based around their plan."

Recent changes in state concurrency management regulations prompted the city to update its regulations. Concurrency management dictates a developer must show proof that utilities or infrastructure are in place. Utilities that must be in place are drainage, solid waste, drinking water and sewer services.

In other business

•The city commission discussed updates to its five year capital improvements plan. Tusing said most of the plan is the same as last year.

Major utility improvements in the five year plan include a waste water treatment plant expansion engineering and upgrades, lift station upgrades and sewer line maintenance.

Janey Tate, city of Bradenton and Palmetto reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7041. Follow her on Twitter at Janey_Tate.

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