MANATEE -- A new sanctuary and nearby future recreation center have been proposed by Peace Presbyterian Church of Lakewood Ranch Inc.
The church plans to seek approval of a general development plan for the project when the Manatee County Commission meets as a land-use board at 9 a.m. Thursday at the Manatee County Administration Building, according to county documents.
The site for the project is at 12705 State Road 64 E.
"We plan to build a sanctuary in 2016," said the Rev. Elizabeth Deibert, church pastor and head of staff. "2015 will be our year of fundraising for the sanctuary."
The church currently hosts two worship services at 8:30 a.m. and at 11 a.m. Sundays, but will likely add a third service this year "to accommodate growing numbers in our small chapel," she said.
Plans call for the church to temporarily use its existing one-story building, which includes the chapel, while construction of the new sanctuary is under way, Deibert said. She estimated the new sanctuary's size at about 8,000 square feet.
The recreation center may be as much as five or 10 years in the future.
The site is 22.11 acres, with 4.15 acres of wetlands, none of which would be impacted by the project.
About 25 percent of the property is required to be open space, which plans show would be amply provided.
The area is mostly resi
dential, and a church or other place of worship is considered a residential support use, compatible with nearby surrounding developments, the county's project summary states.
Both county staff members and the Manatee County Planning Commission, an advisory body to the Manatee County Commission, have recommended approval.
Sara Kennedy, Herald reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7031. Follow her on Twitter @sarawrites.