PALMETTO -- After wrangling with some key language, Palmetto's approval Monday of a map and text amendments to its 2030 future land use map and comprehensive plan frees Manatee County to pursue hotel development at the Bradenton Area Convention Center in Palmetto.
The county approached the city in September about reclassifying 13.6 acres of public facilities property to planned community. Since the property is within the Palmetto limits, the city is the permitting jurisdiction and the amendment requests were vetted by staff and planning and zoning, as well as the city commission. Commissioners raised concerns during that process, particularly with the text amendment, which will not only impact the convention center site but other areas of the city designated as planned community.
The language called for "lodging" to be included in the changes and city officials feared it would open the door for condominiums or other types of residential units at the site. Commissioners called for lodging term to be changed to hotels/motels.
While the lodging terminology was changed in the text
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amendment, new language covering planned community still includes: "Single family detached, semi-detached, attached and multifamily residential; neighborhood and general commercial; hotels and motels; low- to medium-intensity office uses; cultural facilities; and government-owned facilities such as convention or civic centers," according to the ordinance.
Various state agencies approved the map and text amendments as required by state statute.
According to Lisa Barrett, Manatee County planning and section manager, the county can now begin sending out requests for proposals to hotel developers. Whatever project eventually comes forward will have to go through Palmetto's planning and permitting process.
According to a 5-year-old feasibility study that prompted the county's request, current and future demands for the facility calls for a hotel up to 250 rooms.
The city commission voted unanimously Monday night to pass ordinances that reflect the map and text amendment changes.