Land Development & Land Use Regulations

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Major Approved Updates

Urban Corridors

Ord. 16-06, Adopted on Nov. 15, 2016 & Ord. 16-07

Background

Since the late 1990s, new development has been generally focused east of Interstate 75 and Southwest County has been in a slow, but steady decline in terms of indicators such as property values, average household income levels and other factors in comparison to the overall county. The age of infrastructure, housing, code enforcement cases, crime, and numbers of rental properties in established neighborhoods have been increasing over the years.

These trends have been recognized in various plans, studies and by the public for over a decade.

It is the hope that the the Urban Corridor amendment will improve opportunities for infill, redevelopment and development, along the major corridors in the district. These major corridors include portions of the Tamiami Trail, 15th Street East, 53rd Ave/SR 70, Cortez Road, Manatee Avenue, and 1st Street within the Urban Service Area of the County.

The amendments generally provide greater flexibility in the regulations, allows for moderate increases in density and intensity of development, and allows residential and mixed-use development patterns to occur along the corridors.

Maps

Countywide Amendments

Background: In addition to the changes for the Urban Corridors, the Board approved amendments to both the Comprehensive Plan and LDC that are applicable countywide. These changes include moving some language internally, between the two documents, reconciling language, and some various clean-up amendments.

Ordinance 15-17 Index - Old vs. New Numbering

To assist you in the review of the prior Code verse the Amended and Restated Code is each individual chapter in strike-thru/underline with comments as to why a particular section was changed.

Ordinance 15-17 Index

Please contact lisa.barrett@mymanatee.org or by phone at (941)-748-4501, ext. 6884 with any questions.

Pending Land Use Regulation Amendments

Comp Plan and LDC Process improvements

The Board of County Commission and County staff are currently reviewing the entire development review process within the Comp Plan and the LDC with the intent of providing process improvements applicable Countywide. We are specifically looking at ensuring consistency between the documents and creating development standards to ensure development review is meaningful, consistent, and predictable for staff, the developer, and the citizens of Manatee County.
 
Staff has retained the services of Pat Tyjeski with S&ME to assist in these amendments.
 
Consistency Review of the Comp Plan and LDC includes:
 
  1. Review of the Comp Plan and the LDC for consistency with one another.
  2. Simplify the range of uses in each future land use category and rely more on  zoning and land use regulations in the LDC.
  3. Review existing density and intensity levels and determine whether they are in-line with the County’s vision for growth.
  4. Review and provide implementation mechanisms for the Mixed-Use Future Land Use Category and Clustering provisions in the Comp Plan.
  5. Provide a matrix of zoning districts intended to implement each future land use category.
  6. Review zoning districts to ensure there are district(s) that implement all future   land use categories.
 
Special Approval / Planned Development Processes. Review of the Comp Plan and LDC includes:
 
  1. Review all provisions in the Comp Plan that require Special Approval and determine if they are still necessary.
  2. Establish a system that requires Board review and approval where warranted, but without the need to go through the Planned Development rezoning process.
  3. Review the LDC to determine if existing review criteria are adequate or if additional requirements are needed for all Special Approval and Planned Development triggers.

Provide Feedback

We are seeking public input on these proposed changes to the comprehensive plan and land development code. Please email feedback to landuse@mymanatee.org.

Timeline & Documents

 

Printed copies available for viewing at:

Downtown Central Library
1301 Barcarrota Blvd W.
Bradenton

or

County Administration Bldg.
Building & Development Services Zoning Counter, 4th floor
1112 Manatee Ave W.
Bradenton, FL

Public Meetings

Upcoming

  • Planning Task Force - 6/28/18 @ 3:30, 4th Floor Admin. Bldg.
  • Planning Commission Workshop - 8/9/18

Previous

Contact Information

Phone: Lisa Barrett, Planning Manager, (941) 748-4501 Ext 6884
Phone: Margaret Tusing, Principal Planner, (941) 748-4501 Ext 6828

Future Revisions

Signs

Manatee County Building and Development Services, is currently revising Chapter 6 of the Land Development Code (LDC) to provide developers, business owners, and sign vendors an updated and concise interpretation of our sign regulations. This will also include an update of the LDC Chapter 2 sign type definitions.

Accessory Dwelling Units

Staff is currently reviewing the best way to include accessory units as a permitted use in the LDC.  Accessory Dwelling Units are an opportunity to provide affordable housing in Manatee County.  The existing LDC does not allow permanent accessory dwelling units.  Staff is reviewing how other local jurisdictions as well as jurisdictions across the United States address accessory dwelling units in their Codes.  Some of the concerns include:

  • Maximum square feet of accessory dwelling unit
  • Minimum lot size required to have an accessory dwelling unit
  • Should unit meet principal structure setbacks or a different setback
  • Limit the number within Planned Development
  • Owner-occupancy of principal structure
  • Single or separate water and electric meters

Sea Level Rise

Staff is currently working on preparing a Comprehensive Plan Amendment to address Sea Level Rise. Draft Sea Level Rise Goals, Objectives, and Policies will become part of the Coastal Element. All County Departments will participate in the development of these policies and the implementation tools required to minimize the negative impacts of sea level rise.

Contact Information

For the above pending projects, please email landuse@mymanatee.org and include the topic (i.e. Signs, Accessory Dwelling Units, Sea Level Rise) in the email subject line.

Sign Code Update

Manatee County Building and Development Services, is currently revising Chapter 6 of the Land Development Code (LDC) to provide developers, business owners, and sign vendors an updated and concise interpretation of our sign regulations. This will also include an update of the LDC Chapter 2 sign type definitions. 

Meeting / Hearing Proposed Timeline

Planning Taskforce

02/23/2018 at 3:30 p.m.

Manatee County Government Administrative Building
4th Floor
1112 Manatee Ave. West
Bradenton, FL 34201


BOCC Work Session

04/17/2018

Manatee County Government Admin. Bldg
1st Floor Chambers
1112 Manatee Ave. West
Bradenton, FL 34205


Planning Commission

To be determined

Manatee County Government Admin. Bldg
1st Floor Chambers
1112 Manatee Ave. West
Bradenton, FL 34205


BOCC Hearing # 1

To be determined

Manatee County Government Admin. Bldg
1st Floor Chambers
1112 Manatee Ave. West
Bradenton, FL 34205

BOCC Hearing # 2

To be determined

Manatee County Government Admin. Bldg
1st Floor Chambers
1112 Manatee Ave. West
Bradenton, FL 34205

 

CONTACT INFORMATION for the above project, please email landuse@mymanatee.org.

 

Land Use Regulations


Land Use Regulations

The Comprehensive Plan, Land Development Code, and Public Works Standards Manual are some of the resources used for researching regulations regarding land development in the unincorporated areas of Manatee County.

Land Use Approval Process

Land Use Approval Guide

Comprehensive Plan

Code of Ordinances

Land Development Code

This Land Development Code is enacted pursuant to the requirements and authority of Section 163.3202, Fla. Stat. et seq. (the Local Government Comprehensive Planning and Land Development Regulation Act) and the general powers established in Chapter 125, Florida Statutes (County Government) and the Constitution of the State of Florida.

The purpose of this Land Development Code is to implement the Comprehensive Plan of the County by establishing regulations, procedures and standards for review and approval of all development and use of land in the unincorporated portions of the county. Further, this Land Development Code is adopted in order to foster and preserve public health, safety, comfort and welfare in the unincorporated areas of the County. It is the intent of this Code that the development process in Manatee County be efficient, in terms of time and expense, effective, in terms of addressing the natural resource and public facility implications of proposed development, and equitable, in terms of consistency with established regulations and procedures, respect for the rights of property owners, and the consideration of the interests of the citizens of the County.

Land Development Code Overlay Districts

Section 403 Overlay Districts are intended to supplement the regulations in the Land Development Code.

Land Development Code Entranceway Maps

There are seven entranceways into the Unincorporated Manatee County and Section 900 of the Code provides standards and criteria by which proposed development in the entranceway areas will be reviewed.

GIS Interactive Maps

The term "map service" is used to describe interactive maps served online. Our interactive map services are built on ArcGIS Server from ESRI. ArcGIS Server provides advantages such as faster browsing, better security, and more manageable development life cycles. Our ultimate goal is to provide you, the customer, with a faster, more intuitive map browsing experience. We recommend that you use either Firefox or Chrome as your browser when using these map services as Firefox and Chrome are optimized for Javascript and these map services rely very heavily on Javascript, this will provide you with the best overall browsing experience.

Abbreviations and Acronyms

Outdoor Lighting Regulations

Manatee County Land Development Code
Excerpts related to outdoor lighting

05-037 Section 709 Lighting