Manatee County Government Administrative Building 1112 Manatee Avenue West, First Floor Chambers August 6, 2015 - 9:00 am
August 6, 2015 - Land Use Meeting
Agenda Item #9

PDPI-15-07(Z)(G) - Florida Power & Light Company/FPL Manatee Solar Energy Center - DTS20150084 - Quasi-Judicial - Margaret Tusing

Briefing Provided Upon Request

Contact and/or Presenter Information


   Margaret Tusing, Principal Planner, 941-748-4501 ext. 6828


   Bobbi Roy, Planning Coordinator, 941-748-4501 ext. 6878

Action Requested


Based upon the staff report, evidence presented, comments made at the Public Hearing, the action of the Planning Commission, 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 ADOPT Manatee County Zoning Ordinance No. PDPI-15-07(Z)(G); APPROVE the General Development Plan with Stipulations A.1, B.1, C.1 – C.2, and D.1 – D.4; ADOPT 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 the Planning Commission.


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 setback, height, and/or open space.  Therefore, the General Development Plan establishes minimum structure setbacks of 50-feet, maximum structure height of 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 1005.4.A. – Reduction in Need – Off-Street Parking and Loading.  This is an unmanned facility; therefore, parking is not required.
• LDC Section 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 providing 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 (598± acres); the minimum established open space is 25%.
  • On July 9, 2015, by a vote of 7 – 0, the Planning Commission recommended approval.


County Attorney Review
Other (Requires explanation in field below)

Explanation of Other
Sarah Schenk reviewed and responded by email on June 16, 2015.

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records
Please forward a copy of the executed document and letter from the Florida Department of State to bobbi.roy@mymanatee.org

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs

Attachment:  Maps- Future Land Use, Zoning, and Aerials - FPl Solar Energy - PDPI-15-07(Z)(G) - 8-6-15 BC.pdf
Attachment:  Staff Report - FPL Solar Energy - PDPI-15-07(Z)(G) - 8-6-15 BC.pdf
Attachment:  General Development Plan - FPL Solar Energy - PDPI-15-07(Z)(G) - 8-6-15 BC.pdf
Attachment:  Preliminary General Arrangement of Solar Panels - FPL Solar Energy - PDPI-15-07(Z)(G) - 8-6-15 BC.pdf
Attachment:  Zoning Disclosure Affidavit-FPL Solar Energy - PDPI-15-07(Z)(G) - 8-6-15 BC.pdf
Attachment:  Specific Approval Request-FPL-PDPI-15-07(Z)(G) - 8-6-15 BC.pdf
Attachment:  Copy of Newspaper Advertising - FPL Solar Energy Center - PDPI-15-07(Z)(G) - 8-6-15 BC.pdf
Attachment:  Copy of Newspaper Advertising - FPL Solar Energy Center - PDPI-15-07(Z)(G) - Sarasota Herald - 8-6-15 BC.pdf
Attachment:  Public Ccomments - FPL Solar Energy - PDPI-15-07(Z)(G) - 8-6-15 BC.pdf
Attachment:  Ordinance FPL Manatee Solar Energy Center - PDPI-15-07(Z)(G).pdf
Attachment:  Affidavit of Posting and Mailing - FPL Manatee Solar Energy - PDPI-15-07(Z)(G).pdf