Letters to the Editor

Ideas for new county land code

Manatee County is updating the Land Development Code, which will encourage redevelopment along the urban corridors. 
 PHOTO PROVIDED
Manatee County is updating the Land Development Code, which will encourage redevelopment along the urban corridors. PHOTO PROVIDED

The Federation of Manatee County Community Associations, Inc., request the following be considered for inclusion in the new Land Development Code:

1. Strong enforceable language limiting density and the height of residential and commercial buildings adjacent to, or in any new or existing single-story residential or commercial buildings. Manatee County is a low-profile and low-rise community. The vast majority of our residents do not want our county to be developed like another high-rise Miami or Fort Lauderdale. Thus police-power language should prohibit changing the character of existing neighborhood’s residential and commercial developments.

2. Enforceable language needs to be included to create districts to protect areas of the county presently used for agriculture, from applications of the Burt Harris Act and requiring “concurrency” for development of such lands.

3. Enforceable language needs to be added to protect individuals from having to pay attorneys fees and costs who oppose, in good faith, any requests for rezone applications and development approvals by the county commission.

4. Enforceable language requiring sufficient traffic control improvements be provided by developers, at their expense, for safe ingress and egress, to and from existing subdivisions and commercial property, because of increased traffic caused by such developments.

5. Enforceable language requiring each new platted subdivision and business development to immediately establish a taxing, or Community Development District, to require new residents ad businesses to pay annual expenses to upkeep, maintain and provide infrastructure, and services to such new subdivisions and developments, such as Lakewood Ranch.

6. An enforceable, reasonable retroactive noise ordinance to confine and soundproof such noise from residents and businesses at the boundaries of such properties.

The new development code is extremely important to protect the present and future quality of life that we and our families have all been enjoying and for our future residents and businesses. We cannot afford to not get it right.

Ernest “Sandy” Marshall, Federation of Manatee County Community Associations, Inc.

Bradenton

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