Planning Commission Manatee County Government, Administrative Center 1112 Manatee Avenue West First Floor, Commission Chambers, 9:00 A.M.
June 12, 2014 - Planning Commission Meeting
Agenda Item #3

LDCT-14-04 / Ordinance 14-24 / Land Development Code Text Amendment - Certified Lot(s) - Legislative - Lisa Barrett


Contact and/or Presenter Information

Lisa Barrett

Planning Section Manager

941-748-4501, ext. 6884

Action Requested


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 in accordance with Section 503 of the LDC, I move to recommend ADOPTION of Manatee County Ordinance 14-24, amending the Manatee County Land Development Code, as amended, as recommended by staff.

Enabling/Regulating Authority

Manatee County Comprehensive Plan

Manatee County Land Development Code

Background Discussion

• Staff recommends a Code Amendment to Chapter 9, Subdivision Procedures and Standards, and Chapter 2, Definitions to create a new or third type of subdivision.

• Chapter 9 of the Manatee County Land Development Code sets forth the procedures and standards for subdivision of land within the County.
• Currently, there are two types of subdivision approvals, minor and major. 

 - A minor subdivision is a residential subdivision containing less than eleven (11) lots or parcels of land and never involves the establishment of a new street.  
 - A major subdivision is a subdivision of land containing eleven (11) or more lots or any time the division of land results in the establishment of a new street; or the creation of six (6) or more lots on an existing unpaved, county street.

• The problem with the current code provisions is when a third lot or parcel is created from a tract of land.  By today’s requirements, the splitting of a parcel (less than 5 acres each) one time does not require subdivision review or approval by Manatee County.  The problem occurs with the second split.  Once three lots are created, a plat, requiring County review and approval, is required.  Unfortunately, this is not typically discovered until the property owner for the third lot tries to obtain a building permit, at which time, the property owner is told they must plat the one lot.  This is often time consuming and costly for a property owner who was only expecting to apply and receive a building permit for the construction of a new home.  At this point, it is usually too late to require the overall parcel (first two splits) to also enter into the plat, so one (1) lot subdivisions are often created. 
• Staff recommends creating a third subdivision type which will include the splitting of any parcel once into two lots, with each created lot under five acres.  This type of subdivision will be known as a Certified Lot(s). This will ensure that all property is split according to the zoning regulations in effect and that buildings permits maybe issued for the newly created lots in the future (i.e., minimum lot size, uplands, and setbacks are provided). The parent tract of the Certified Lots(s) shall front an existing public or private street built to current Manatee County Development Standards.  Creation of a new street shall require a Major Subdivision review (platting).  Access by easement is permitted pursuant to LDC Section 712.2.7.

• The review process for the Certified Lot(s) will be administrative.

• Staff recommends approval of the amendment.

County Attorney Review
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Explanation of Other
Sarah Schenk reviewed and responded via email on 5/20/2014.

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Attachment:  Staff Report - LDCT-14-04_ORD-14-24 - Certified Lot - 20140605 PC.pdf
Attachment:  Review Procedures - LDCT-14-04_ORD-14-24 - Certified Lots - 140612 PC.pdf
Attachment:  Submission Requirements for Completness Review - LDCT-14-04_ORD-14-24 - Certified Lots - 140612 PC.pdf
Attachment:  Distribution of Submittals - LDCT-14-04_ORD-14-24 - Certified Lots - 140612 PC.pdf
Attachment:  Approval Form - LDCT-14-04_ORD-14-24 - Certified Lots - 140612 PC.pdf
Attachment:  Copy of Newspaper Advertising - Ordinance 14-24 - Certified Lots - 6-12-14 PC.pdf