Manatee Planning Commission approves 200 homes for Long Bar Pointe

skennedy@bradenton.comJanuary 16, 2014 

MANATEE -- A proposal for 200 single family homes at Long Bar Pointe was tentatively OK'd Thursday by the Manatee County Planning Commission.

Residences are planned across 61.75 acres southwest of El Conquistador Parkway and about a half-mile north of 36th Street West.

Developers Cargor Partners VIII/Long Bar Pointe LLC of Bradenton are seeking approval of a preliminary site plan for the first phase of the Long Bar Pointe project, facing Sarasota Bay in southwest Manatee County.

Several citizens spoke against the project, citing environmental concerns.

Paul Valenz, first vice president of the Federation of Manatee County Community Associations, opposed the project, noting that damage in the northeast part of the U.S. last year from a severe storm had been extensive.

“The flooding was immense, and part of that flooding was due to overdevelopment of coastal properties,” he said.

An attorney representing the developers, Edward Vogler II, said his clients had given "much thought and consideration for all matters regarding infrastructure and coastal concerns," which are reflected in the plans.

Parts of the project would be located in a vacant, flood-prone area, and would require special approvals to build in low-lying coastal high hazard and coastal evacuation zones.

The development is planned as a private, gated community with two separate gates feeding traffic to El Conquistador Parkway.

The planning commission is an advisory body. The Manatee County Commission will make a final decision on the project.

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

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