MANATEE -- As new developments continue to be approved by Manatee County and the municipalities, some residents are raising concerns about uncontrolled growth.
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Manatee County residents will have the chance to hear from land use and growth management experts at 6 p.m. Monday about common issues raised.
"I think it will provide some insight into land use decision making not just Manatee County but our cities and how the state of Florida generally handles growth," said John Osborne, Manatee County planning official.
The University of Florida's Center for Building Better Communities workshop will "discuss growth management and the common issues raised by many fast-growing Florida communities like Manatee County," according to a news release. The free workshop will be held in the Longboat Key room at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, One Haben Blvd., Palmetto.
After the UF experts presented to the Manatee County Planning Commission, Osborne said the county felt it "would be good really for everybody to hear the conversation." Osborne said the conversation with the planning commission was "really good."
"It's an update on land use decision making and how it is done in the state of Florida," he said. "It is sort of a constantly changing thing."
The public and local elected officials have been invited to the workshop, which will last until 9 p.m., Osborne said.
The workshop will be a "30,000 foot level of land use and growth management in Florida," Osborne said, adding people curoius about other topics may invite UF to return.
"It is something that I think we need to do on a regular basis," he said. "I think a lot of parts of Florida would really benefit from having this community conversation so everyone gets on the same page on how to make decisions on land use."
The workshop will give the public "insight on what any handcuffs may be present on these bodies," Osborne said.
"Florida is a very strong private property rights state," Osborne said.
Claire Aronson, Manatee County reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7024. Follow her on Twitter@Claire_Aronson.