PALMETTO -- A planned development along the Manatee River by developer William Manfull received approval Monday from the Palmetto City Commission.
The commission approved a rezoning request for 11 to 12 single-family detached units on the south side of 10th Street West at the former site of the Pelican Bay project.
Manfull asked to rezone 1.66 acres for the Villa Por La Marina. Its amenities would include a pool, deck area, cabana, shuffleboard court and common area.
The city staff recommended approval, with stipulations, in part because plans called for a decrease in the number of units allowed from 18 to 12, and a change in housing type from multi-family to single-family, officials said.
City Planner Lorraine Lyn said the project called for detached units under common ownership. She noted the property is located in a coastal high hazard area.
Manfull told commissioners: “In this design, we’re trying to do something friendly” that fits in with the surrounding neighborhood.
Commissioners had lots of questions about setbacks, garbage pickup and other details of the project, but at one point, Commissioner Tamara Cornwell said, “I really like the design.”
Dr. Amy Griswold, who owns a home adjacent to the proposed project, cautioned commissioners that “this is a very special neighborhood,” adding, “the whole thing about this neighborhood is the view.”
In other business, commissioners continued a public hearing on a proposed ordinance that would allow signs up to 85 feet high in certain areas.
The city’s Planning and Zoning Board recommended adoption of an ordinance that would permit freestanding signs in commercial districts more than twice the current 30-foot height limit.
The bigger signs would be allowed in a special area along 10th Street between Third Avenue West and Haben Boulevard.
Commissioners planned to arrange an outing April 26 to view the area where the bigger signs would be allowed.
Sara Kennedy, Herald reporter, can be reached at (941) 745 7031.