Rye Road Subdivision in East Manatee awaits final site plan approval

jajones1@bradenton.comFebruary 13, 2014 

EAST MANATEE -- Rye Road Subdivision, proposed for 58.7 acres between Rye Road and Waterline Road, which would feed traffic onto both roads, is awaiting preliminary plat and final site plan approval by Manatee County government.

Manatee County commissioners approved plans for the subdivision a year ago over the strenuous objections of residents who said the development would disrupt their rural lifestyle.

Residents of Waterline Road live on multi-acre parcels, and many have large animals such as cattle and horses.

Rye Road Subdivision would introduce more suburbia into the area with 2.6 dwelling units per acre spread across 152 lots.

Also planned for the subdivision is a 2,800-square-foot clubhouse with a pool, and several wetland and lake areas, said Debbie Perron, principal planner for Manatee County.

Most of Rye Road Subdivision would be developed away from Rye Road and Waterline Road. But the roads that connect the neighborhood with Rye and Waterline would be lined with houses as well.

The county is still awaiting the results of a traffic study.

The north exit onto Rye Road would be near Witt Elementary School.

Opposition to the development from long-time residents in the Rye Road-Upper Manatee River Road area is as fierce as ever, although tempered now with resignation.

"There goes the neighborhood. We just have to get used to it. There's not much we can do about it," said one resident who asked not to be identified.

Another resident, Callie Parker, said she has heard other residents express unhappiness about new development in the area.

"I am sad to see it developed, too, but we don't have any control over it," Parker said.

Calls for comment to the developer, Medallion Home, were not immediately returned Wednesday.

James A. Jones Jr., East Manatee reporter, can be contacted at 941-745-7053 or on Twitter: @jajones1.

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