Download Info Comprehensive Plan

The Manatee County Comprehensive Plan, downloadable from this page, is normally updated two times per year to reflect Cycle 1, Cycle 2, and other small-scale amendments to the Plan. We strive to keep the site updated, but to be sure you are downloading the latest version, please contact Kathleen Thompson in Planning Services at 941-748-4501, ext. 6841. Unless you are on our e-mail notification list for the Comprehensive Plan updates, you will not be notified directly of subsequent changes in the future. All of the maps are available for download by navigating further down the page .

Future Thoroughfare Map 5 Series: 

  1. Existing Roadways Functional Classification
  2. Future Traffic Circulation Functional Classification
  3. Future Traffic Circulation Right of Way Protection and Reservation
  4. Future Traffic Circulation Number of Lanes
  5. Future Traffic Circulation: Designated Controlled Access Facilities
  6. Future Traffic Circulation: Strategic Intermodal System (SIS) and Emerging Strategic Intermodal System


Policy Summary (no maps / graphics)

The following is a summary of the exact policy language. Please be sure to use the exact language found in the Comprehensive Plan (downloadable above) instead if you are referencing the information for a binding legal matter or policy determination for a future development application. The summary below is exactly that, a summary of the original language. It is not legally binding and is for information purposes only.


Urban Policy

Urban Policy and Community Improvement Planning



How Can I Review a Copy of the Comprehensive Plan ?

  • Manatee County Libraries
  • Manatee County Planning Department, 1112 Manatee Avenue West, 4th Floor, Bradenton, Florida 34205   Phone 941-748-4501
  • See top of this page to access the plan in digital format

Purchasing A Paper Copy of the Plan


The complete Comprehensive Plan and supplements, including maps, graphics and the most recent supplements, are available at the Zoning Counter on the 4th floor of the County Administration Building. The price for the Plan is $ 90.00 at the Zoning Counter or it may be mailed to you for a total cost of $ 97.67. The plan is also available for download on this page.
Please make checks payable to Manatee County Government and send to:
Manatee County Planning Department
Kathleen Thompson, Comprehensive Planning
PO Box 1000
1112 Manatee Ave W
Bradenton, FL 34206-1000


For more information on the Plan, please contact Kathleen Thompson , at 941-748-4501 ext. 6841. Fax 941-708-6154, or e-mail



Comprehensive Plan E-mail Notification

  • The Comprehensive Plan is updated regularly. To be sure you have the latest version of the Plan, subscribe. Purchase the Plan at the Planning Department or
  • E-mail or fax your name, address and phone number to the contact information above.

If you don't subscribe, please note that as of July, 2010, the current supplement is #16. This is available at the Zoning Counter for $ 6.50 or it can be mailed to you for $ 7.28.

Evaluation and Appraisal Report (EAR)

The Manatee County Planning Department has completed it's Evaluation and Appraisal Report (EAR) of the Manatee County Comprehensive Plan.  The EAR was adopted by the BOCC on August 31, 2004 and transmitted to the FL Department of Community Affairs (DCA), which found the Report "sufficient" in January 2005.  The EAR is essentially an audit of the existing Plan and assesses the progress Manatee County has made in it's implementation. It also makes recommendations for potential amendments to the existing Comprehensive Plan. More information is available on the EAR page


Why Manatee County has a Comprehensive Plan

In 1985, Florida was faced with a cultural and legal change of significant proportions. The Florida Legislature revised the Local Government Comprehensive Planning and Development Regulation Act (Chapter 163, Part II, Florida Statutes). All local governments, regardless of size, location or current growth pressures were required to develop and implement a comprehensive plan upon which future land use decisions would be based. The Florida Department of Community Affairs (DCA) had the responsibility to ensure that all of these plans met the basic requirements of the law.

Manatee County adopted it's Comprehensive Plan on May 11, 1989 (Ordinance 89-01) which became effective on May 15, 1989. A major revision was adopted on December 16, 1997, renaming it the 2020 Manatee County Comprehensive Plan (Ordinances 97-02 thru 97-06), which became effective on March 9, 1998. Through our Evaluation and Appraisal Report (EAR) process, per PA-06-13/ORD-06-13, the Comprehensive Plan was renamed to the "Manatee County Comprehensive Plan". Numerous amendments have occurred since the effective date, including text, small- and large-scale Future Land Use Map Amendments.

The Comprehensive Plan for Unincorporated Manatee County, though developed in response to the state law, is based on and responds to the unique past, present, and preferred future characteristics of the unincorporated area of Manatee County, and of adjacent local governments.

Other than the purposes expressly defined in Chapter 163, F.S., and rule 9J-5, F.A.C., this Comprehensive Plan has other specific targeted functions, as enumerated in the goals of the various plan elements. These goals are developed to:

  • Improve the physical environment of the community as a setting for human and natural resource activities;
  • Protect the public health, safety, and welfare;
  • Ensure that long-range considerations are included in the determination of short-range actions;
  • Provide for fair and equitable consideration of private property rights while ensuring appropriate protection of the (more broadly-defined) public interest as determined by the Board of County Commissioners of Manatee County;
  • Effect political cooperation and technical coordination by bringing professional and technical knowledge to bear on governmental decisions concerning the physical development of the community; and
  • To promote a healthy, stable, and vigorous local economy which can satisfy the goods and service needs of the local community, can provide opportunities for economic activity exporting goods and services outside Manatee County, and offer the community an ample range of employment opportunities.

Notice of Intent

Consistent with Florida Statute 163.3184(8), the state land planning agency, Florida Department of Community Affairs (DCA) shall after a 45 day review period determine if the plan or plan amendment is in compliance with the Growth Management Act.  It shall post its Notice of Intent to find the plan or plan amendment is in compliance or not in compliance.  Please select the hyperlink below to view the notices.

Notice of Intent Issued by DCA