MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Dec. 13, 2017) – Manatee County is seeking input on a set of changes to its comprehensive plan and land development code over the next few months.
The proposed changes will have significant bearing on how the County reviews and processes future land development applications. More specifically, the suggested changes will bring more consistency among regulations in the County's major planning documents according to Planning Manager Lisa Barrett. All of the new policies and revisions are posted on the County's website for public review.
"Our land development code and comp plan are somewhat convoluted and difficult for citizens and developers to understand. With this scope of work we're trying to make things more consistent, streamlined, more easily understood and more predictable," Barrett said. "This is about trying to minimize duplication of review and streamlining the review of development proposals, while ensuring the protection of natural resources, adjacent land uses and public facilities."
The County will host a public workshop to go over the planned changes on Jan. 17, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Downtown Central Library Auditorium, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd. W. Barrett said people will be able to ask better questions if they've reviewed the proposed changes online beforehand, but a consultant will be on hand to explain the proposed amendments at the meeting.
In 2018, Barrett said additional substantive changes will be discussed regarding the County's sign ordinance, how it's planning for sea level rise and provisions to allow for residential accessory dwelling units.
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