Final phase of Tidewater Preserve subdivision gets city approval

BRADENTON -- The final phase of the 650-unit Tidewater Preserve subdivision in East Bradenton along the Manatee River next to Interstate 75 received swift approval Wednesday from the Bradenton City Council.

Tim Polk, director of planning and community development, said the final plat approval frees up the builder, WCI Communities of Bonita Springs, to proceed with construction of 16 single family homes on the last of the development's 7.7 acres.

Initial project approval was granted in 2006 just prior to the economic collapse that brought new home construction come to a virtual standstill, but Polk said the company did everything right and stuck with the project until the economy turned around.

"About four years ago they started building houses again," said Polk.

According to city docu

ments, the plan was properly reviewed, met all city codes and is consistent with the city comprehensive plan, which has the property at 4700 Tidewater Preserve Blvd. zoned as community development district.

According to City Clerk Carl Callahan, it is not uncommon for a phase approval of an ongoing and previously approved project to appear on a consent agenda, which does not require a public hearing, as Tidewater Preserve did.

Mark Young, Herald urban affairs reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7041 or follow him on Twitter @urbanmark2014.