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Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - July 9, 2015
REVISED July 9, 2015 - Planning Commission
Agenda Item #5


Subject
PDPI-15-07(Z)(G) - FLORIDA POWER & LIGHT COMPANY / FPL MANATEE SOLAR ENERGY CENTER / (DTS #20150084) - Quasi-Judicial - Margaret Tusing

Briefings
None

Contact and/or Presenter Information

Presenter:

Margaret Tusing, Principal Planner

941-748-4501 ext.6828

Contact:

Danielle Walker, Planning Tech II

941-748-4501 ext.6828

 



Action Requested

RECOMMENDED MOTION:

Based upon the staff report, evidence presented, comments made at the Public Hearing, and finding the request to be CONSISTENT with the Manatee County Comprehensive Plan and the Manatee County Land Development Code, as conditioned herein, I move to recommend ADOPTION of Manatee County Zoning Ordinance No. PDPI-15-07(Z)(G); APPROVAL of the General Development Plan with Stipulations A.1, B.1, C.1-C.2, and D.1- D.4; ADOPTION of the findings for Specific Approval of Alternatives to Land Development Code Sections 1005.4.A(Reduction in number of required parking spaces), 700.3.I.2 (Tree replacement alternatives), and 701 (Landscape and Screening Standards); as recommended by staff.



Enabling/Regulating Authority

Manatee County Comprehensive Plan

Manatee County Land Development Code



Background Discussion
  • Kennard Proctor, Florida Power & Light Company, agent for the owner, is requesting approval of a rezoning of 494.5 acres from A (General Agriculture- 1 dwelling unit per 5 acres) to PDPI (Planned Development Public Interest) and approval of a General Development Plan for the 762 acre FPL Manatee Solar Energy Center.
  • There are no specific standards in the PDPI district for structure setbacks, height, and/or open space. Therefore, the General Development Plan establishes minimum structure setbacks of 50-feet, maximum structure height for 35-feet, and minimum open space of 25%. The General Development Plan for the FPL Manatee Solar Energy Center includes the following improvements:
      • Photovoltaic (PV) solar fields
      • Electrical Substation
      • Connection to existing FPL Switchyard
  • The proposed improvements will position the site to be considered for FPL's next solar energy facility. The proposed improvements are proposed to generate up to 74.5 megawatts (MW) of solar power. The project, however, will not increase staffing requirements.
  • Specific Approvals:
      • LDC Section 1005.4A- Reduction in Need- Off-Street parking and loading. This is an unmanned facility; therefore, parking is not required.
      • LDC Sections 700.3.I.2 Tree Replacement Alternatives. The applicant is requesting to utilize the preservation of approximately 57 acres of otherwise developed forested upland areas as mitigation for tree removal within the project boundaries.
      • LDC Section 701- Landscape and Screening. The applicant requests that landscaping not be required as proving landscaping would be counter-productive to the operation of the solar equipment.

Staff has reviewed the requests for Specific Approval and recommends the requests.  

  • The project currently provides 78% open space (approximately 598 acres); the minimum established open space is 25%.


County Attorney Review
Other (Requires explanation in field below)

Explanation of Other
Sarah Schenk responded by email on 6/16/15.

Reviewing Attorney
Schenk

Instructions to Board Records
N/A

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name
N/A

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs
N/A


Attachment:  Maps- Future Land Use, Zoning, and Aerials.pdf
Attachment:  Staff Report -FPL Solar Energy Center-PDPI-15-07(Z)(G) - PC070915.pdf
Attachment:  FPL Manatee General Development Plan - 4-27-15 for PC - BOCC.pdf
Attachment:  Zoning Disclosure Affidavit-FPL- PDPI-15-07(Z)(G).pdf
Attachment:  Specific Approval Request-FPL-PDPI-15-07(Z)(G).pdf
Attachment:  Traffic Impact Statement - FPL Solar Energy - PDPI-15-07(Z)(G) - 7-9-15 PC.pdf
Attachment:  Copy of Newspaper Advertising - FPL - PDPI-15-07(Z)(G) - Sarasota Herald - 7-9-15 PC.pdf
Attachment:  Copy of Newspaper Advertising - FPL Solar Energy - PDPI-15-07(Z)(G) - Bradenton Herald - 7-9-15 PC.pdf
Attachment:  FPL - Solar Panel - Preliminary General Arrangement.pdf