Community Improvement Projects

Below is a list of the community improvement plans in the County. Click the links to access the applicable plan.

14th Street West Community Redevelopment Plan

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The Manatee County Board of County Commissioners is also the Community Redevelopment Agency assisted by the 14th Street West CRA Advisory Board.


The 14th Street West Community Redevelopment Plan outlines the broad goals to renew this strategic commercial corridor of U.S. 41. The 14th St. West CRA is immediately south of the City of Bradenton’s Tamiami Trail CRA, and shares many of the challenges and goals. The vision for the CRA is to create a revitalized, pedestrian friendly, mixed use area that establishes a unique sense of place. The redevelopment area will become a gateway to downtown Bradenton providing a variety of living options and commercial opportunities.

 

 

Bayshore Area Plan

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Bayshore is a suburban coastal community which began development in the late 1950s. The Plan covers approximately, 1.5 square miles with a mix of complementary uses that include single-family homes, multi-family complexes, large and small scale commercial developments, office buildings, and community facilities. The Plan is divided into eight areas of concentration: housing codes and appearance, commercial areas, transportation, public utilities, parks and recreation, crime and public safety, community character and identity, and neighborhood communication. U.S. 41 on the east side of the Bayshore Area is also contained in the South County CRA.

 

 

Innovation 41 – Transforming Path Into Place

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The Plan concentrated on U.S. 41 (Tamiami Trail) stretching from the City of Sarasota downtown Bay front north to Bowlees Creek in Manatee County. This portion of Tamiami Trail has a long history as a location for commerce, cultural attractions, education, art and entertainment. The multiple institutional assets in this area have significance on the local, regional, and state level. The Plan focused on ways to build upon the existing functional relationships among all these institutions to determine how best to capitalize on their respective investments. The Plan developed a unified branding for the area (The Renaissance Trail) to help create a unique sense of place as well as identify a broad range of revitalization strategies for the corridor.

 

 

Palmetto/North Manatee County Urban Infill and Redevelopment Plan

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Palmetto/North Manatee County UIRA/Enterprise Zone resulted from a collaborative effort of the Palmetto City Council, the Manatee County Board of County Commissioners, the Palmetto Community Redevelopment Agency, and the Enterprise Zone Board. The plan calls for promotion of a "Florida Urban Village" design concept; strengthening neighborhood identity; encouraging mixed use commercial areas, along with compatible industrial development. This area is the same as the Palmetto – North Manatee County Enterprise Zone.

Samoset Community Improvement Strategy

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Samoset Community Improvement Plan was developed with strong participation from the residents of Samoset who identified specific improvement strategies. These strategies focused on improving: recreation, sidewalks, control of through traffic, stormwater improvements, and crime reduction. The plan envisioned a diversified community in age and ethnicity, an old Florida Neighborhood with character and pride, a clean neighborhood with good values, as well as a traditional neighborhood that has the white picket fence appeal.

 

Samoset Community Improvement Strategy Plan Boundary Map

 

Samoset Community Improvement Strategy Plan (Appendix)

 

 

South County Community Redevelopment Plan

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The Manatee County Board of County Commissioners is also the Community Redevelopment Agency assisted by the South County CRA Advisory Board.


The South County CRA is approximately 2.7 square miles in size and geographically one of the largest CRAs in the State of Florida. It is located approximately 2 miles south of the City of Bradenton. The South County CRA Area includes a large residential area, as well as the commercial businesses on both sides of the Tamiami Trail (US 41) and the commercial and industrial lands on both sides of 15th Street East (Old US 301). The Redevelopment Plan visions a revitalized mixed use, mixed income community with renewed employment and commercial opportunities along the bordering transportation corridors.

 

 

Tamiami Trail Corridor Plan (South County CRA)

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Focusing on the South County CRA, the Tamiami Trail Corridor Plan envisions a transformation of the US 41 corridor based on mixed use activity centers and infill development. The Plan calls for the institution of form based land development / redevelopment zoning code. The activity centers are intended to have the necessary intensity / density to create a synergy among commercial, office, and residential uses supported by increased mass transit opportunities and pedestrian mobility.

 

Tamiami Trail Corridor Map

 

 

Tamiami Trail Scenic Highway Plan – Windows to Gulf Coast Waters

Image Tamiami Trail Scenic Highway Plan – Windows to Gulf Coast Waters

The Tamiami Trail Scenic Highway, Windows to Gulf Coast Waters - Manatee River to Myakka River, extends 69.7 miles from the Sarasota/Charlotte County line to the Manatee/Hillsborough County line. The corridor travels through the cities of North Port, Venice, Sarasota, Bradenton, and Palmetto and the unincorporated areas within Sarasota and Manatee Counties. The Corridor Advocacy Group representing seven municipalities partnered with the Sarasota / Manatee MPO, the FDOT, nonprofit groups, businesses, and local residents to develop the Corridor Management Plan. The Management Plan identifies broad improvement strategies and is the guiding document that outlines tools by which to preserve, protect, and enhance the unique resources found along the Tamiami Trail.

 

Tamiami Trail Scenic Highway Plan - Windows to Gulf Coast Waters Boundary Map