Long Bar Pointe hearing set for Jan. 23

skennedy@bradenton.comNovember 20, 2013 

MANATEE -- A meeting about the controversial Long Bar Pointe development in southwest Manatee County has been set for Jan. 23, county commissioners decided Tuesday.

Several commissioners said they were concerned that a tentative date set for Dec. 10 might be difficult for people to attend, since it would be between two major holidays, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

County Administrator Ed Hunzeker recommended the public hearing be held at 9 a.m. Jan. 23 at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto. Commissioners agreed.

It will be the second public hearing on the adoption of a comprehensive map amendment change, now that state and regional agencies have weighed in on an approval to allow 463 acres between El Conquistador Parkway and Sarasota Bay to be a mixed-use development, instead of allowing nine units per acre, plus a shopping center.

In the first public hearing, county commissioners began what turned out to be a 13-plus hour meeting Aug. 6 with about 1,000 people on hand at the convention center.

At the conclusion of the next hearing, commissioners could adopt the amendment, adopt it with modifications, or deny the request for a map amendment, said Nick Azzara, county information outreach coordinator.

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

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