MANATEE -- The Manatee County Planning Commission Thursday unanimously gave preliminary approval to plans for University Village, a development calling for 208-single family, semi-detached units.
The 51-acre site proposed for the development is on the north side of Tallevast Road, just east of U.S. Hwy. 301.
Much of the discussion involved space set aside for recreational uses -- about a fourth of an acre, which the planning staff considered “too small to serve 208 residential units,” according to county documents.
However, developer Carlos Beruff argued that “not everybody wants to be an amenitized community.”
Beruff and his team noted that the project is near Kinnan Elementary, and is also adjacent to a 17-acre site that the county owns and is designated for a park.However, money to develop the park has not been appropriated [--] and may never be, said Deputy County Attorney Sarah Schenk.
Commission members also cautioned that the possibility that grounds of local elementary schools could be opened for recreational use during off-hours is still under study.
Although the planning commission OK’d the project, it asked its staff to try to work out some compromise on the size of of recreational amenities.