MANATEE -- More new subdivisions are on their way through the permitting process in Manatee County as the new housing market sets a strong pace coming into the new year.
This week, two developers applied with the county to build homes in Parrish and next to the Braden Woods community in East Manatee.
The larger of the two, a 178-home project proposed by J&L Land Co. of Palmetto, would put about three homes per acre on a Z-shaped piece of property inside the northwest elbow of the Interstate 75-Interstate 275 interchange. Accessed via 89th Street East, the property, dubbed Ellenton Estates, abuts a number of large homesteads and agricultural properties.
The company is controlled by Linda Willis of Palmetto, according to state records. It and Willis have owned the majority of the property comprising Ellenton Estates for over 30 years, county property records show.
Nearby, housing density is growing and could grow more in the future. A few hundred yards to the east, the Woods at Moccasin Wallow community is back under construction after the Great Recession halted development for years at the 117-home subdivision. Less than a mile north, national homebuilder Taylor Morrison is building in its 2,800-home Esplanade at Artisan Lakes community on Moccasin Wallow Road.
The other housing proposal submitted this week will become an infill neighborhood of 32 homes if approved. The Myara Subdivision, a proposal by Venice Company ESME I LLC, would be built on 32 acres adjoining Braden Woods. The large lots would be in keeping with Braden Woods, a subdivision of about 500 homes built in the late 1980s at a density of about one home per acre.
The agent representing both Willis and Myara's developer, ESME I LLC, did not immediately respond to a request to comment on either subdivision proposal. Both will be under review for commentary by county planning staff until Jan. 27.
Approvals for subdivision plats in Manatee County have been on the rise for the past three years. In 2013, the county approved 22 such projects during the first 11 months of the year, county statistics show. That total rose to 29 in 2014 and again in 2015 to 32. At the start of the fourth quarter of 2015, an estimated 54 housing subdivisions were under construction or selling homes county wide.
Total new home construction also jumped in 2015. Through November, the county had issued about 1,930 permits for new single-family homes. That is about 10 percent more than at the same time in 2013 and 2014.
Matt M. Johnson, Herald business reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7027 or on Twitter