Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - August 25, 2015
REVISED August 25, 2015 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #42

Countywide Speed Limits - Ordinance 15-30


Contact and/or Presenter Information
Vishal S. Kakkad, P.E., PTOE, Traffic Design Division Manager, Ext. 7812

Action Requested
Authorization to advertise and set a public hearing on September 22, 2015, to consider adoption of Ordinance 15-30, amending Section 2-22-7 of the Manatee County Code instituting and creating additional speed limit zones to include Golf Course Road, Chin Road, Lockwood Ridge Road, Lorraine Road, Lakewood Ranch Boulevard, University Parkway, Whitfield Avenue, 63rd Avenue East, Honore Avenue, 75th Street West, El Conquistador Parkway, 28th Avenue East; providing for codification; providing for severability; and providing for an effective date.

Enabling/Regulating Authority
  • Florida Statute (F.S.) Section 316.008(j) - Power of Local Authorities
  • F.S. Section 316.189 - Establishment of Municipal and County Speed Zones

Background Discussion
  • During a previous regular Board of County Commissioners' (BCC) meeting, setting speed limits within the County was discussed. Subsequently, during the January 20, 2015, work session, staff presented the criteria and process of setting speed limits.
  • Several examples of inconsistent speed limits on County Roads were presented, such as Honore Avenue, Lakewood Ranch Boulevard, Lockwood Ridge Road, 75th Street West, and El Conquistador Parkway. The BCC agreed that there is a need to set consistent speed limits to meet drivers' expectations.
  • Staff conducted a traffic analysis of major thoroughfares countywide for consistency of speed limits and presented the recommendations to the BCC during the May 12, 2015, work session.
  • Public Works Department staff has coordinated with the County Attorney's Office staff in preparation of the Ordinance 15-30 to formalize the staff's recommendations for a public hearing.

County Attorney Review
Formal Written Review (Opinion memo must be attached)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records
Please return a stamped copy of the agenda memorandum to Vishal Kakkad (vishal.kakkad@mymanatee.org), Public Works Department, Traffic Design Division, Ext 7812.

Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name
1010020707 - Traffic Operations

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs
$15,000 for installation of new signs.

Attachment:  AMM RLS15-030 SpeedLimtOrd.pdf
Attachment:  Ordinance 15-30.pdf