Manatee County Government Administrative Center First Floor, Commission Chambers 9:00 a.m. - February 7, 2013
February 7, 2013 Land Use Meeting
Agenda Item #6

PDR-04-27(Z)(P)(R) - Meritage Homes of FL, Inc./Serenity Creek - DTS#20120360- Rezone and Revised Preliminary Site Plan - Rossina Leider - Quasi-Judical

Briefing Provided Upon Request

Contact and/or Presenter Information


Rossina Leider

Senior Development Review Specialist

941-748-4501, ext. 6859

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 Developmnet Code, as conditioned herein, I move to APPROVE Manatee County Zoning Ordinance No. PDR-04-27(Z)(P)(R); and APPROVE the Preliminary Site Plan with Stipulations A.1 - A.4, B.1 - B.3, C.1 - C.2, D.1 - D.4, E.1 - E.4, F.1 - F.8, G.1 and H.1; GRANT Special Approval for a project with habitable structures within the 25-year floodplain; for a project that was previously granted Special Approval for: 1) exceeding 1 dwelling unit per acre in the UF-3 Future Land Use Category; and 2) adjacent to a perennial stream; ADOPT the Findings for Specific Approval; and GRANT Specific Approval for alternatives to Sections 714.8.7, and 715.3.2.3, Option E of the Land Development Code, as recommended by the Planning Commission.


(Commissioner Baugh)

Enabling/Regulating Authority


Manatee County Comprehensive Plan


Manatee County Land Development Code

Background Discussion


  • On August 5th, 2008, the Board of County Commissioners approved a rezone of the subject site from A (General Agriculture) to PDR (Planned Development Residential) (±64.07 acres).  A Preliminary Site Plan (Serenity Creek Subdivision) was also approved for 85 lots for single-family detached residences with a gross and net density of 1.33 and 1.38 dwelling units per acre, respectively.
  • The approved Preliminary Site Plan shows a ±3.54 acre “Future Development Tract”, one means of access and a temporary emergency access. The subdivision’s design contemplated a neo-traditional concept that included single-family homes with porte cocheres, smaller front yard setbacks (narrower streets, trees in medians, and centrally located recreational amenities.
  • The Certificate of Level of Service (CLOS 08-078) and the Preliminary Site Plan have been extended to 08/05/2015 pursuant House Bill 503.
  • The current request is to revise the Preliminary Site Plan to add 26 lots for a total of 111 lots for single-family detached residential units. Additionally, the applicant is requesting to rezone a ±0.86 acre parcel from A (General Agriculture) to PDR (Planned Development Residential), which was excluded from the previous legal description of the site but included as part of the approved subdivision.
  • The proposed design shows the following changes since the prior approval:
    • Removal of one internal road and slight realignment of the rest of the roads.
    • Addition of 26 lots by location of 14 lots on the “Future Development Tract”, and 12 lots from the reduction of the lots size.
    •  Increase the gross and net density from 1.33 and 1.38 to 1.71 and 1.78, respectively.
    • Increase the front setback (from 20’/12’ to 25’) and increase the roadway width (from 22’ to 24’).
    • Removal of the club house and pool from the recreational amenities. The new design includes a passive park with trail and benches.
    •  Reduction of the greenbelt buffer width from 20’ to 15’.
    •  Reduction of the open space from 68% to 65%.
    • A boulevard entrance (four-lane divided road) is proposed in lieu of a second means of access.
  •  Staff recommends approval with stipulations.

County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records

Please forward a copy of the executed document to Bobbi Roy/Building and Development Service Department.

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs

Attachment:  Maps FLU-Zoning-Aerial - SerenityCreek-PDR-04-27(P)(R).pdf
Attachment:  Copy of Newspaper Advertising.pdf
Attachment:  Request Specific Approval Letter-Serenity Creek-PDR-04-27(P)(R).pdf
Attachment:  Ordinance PDR-04-27(Z)(P)(R) Serenity Creek.pdf
Attachment:  Ordinance EXHIBIT C - PDR-04-27(Z)(P)(R) Serenity Creek.pdf
Attachment:  Staff Report - Serenity Creek - PDR-04-27(Z)(P)(R) - 2-7-13 BOCC.pdf
Attachment:  Supplemental Information Previous approved Ordinance PDR-04-27(Z)(P) - Serenity Creek.pdf
Attachment:  Supplemental Information Previous approved Site Plan PDR-04-27(Z)(P) Serenity Creek for 2-7-13 BOCC.pdf
Attachment:  Site Plan - Serenity Creek - PDR-04-27(Z)(P)(R).pdf