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East County Wednesday, Jul. 31, 2019 4 months ago

Manatee County commission considers land-use changes

SMR hopes to tweak master plan for Lakewood Centre DRI.
by: Pam Eubanks Senior Editor

Lakewood Ranch developer Schroeder-Manatee Ranch is seeking changes to its master plan for the area north

of State Road 70, between Lakewood Ranch and White Eagle boulevards in a request that will be considered Aug. 1 at the Manatee County Commission’s land-use meeting.

SMR will ask to add 30 acres for a proposed single-family home rental community off Lakewood Ranch Boulevard, reduce land set aside for future county-owned parks — deemed no longer needed by county staff as Manatee shifts to a model with fewer larger, regional parks instead of more smaller ones — and exchange 364 multifamily entitlements for 225 single-family homes.

The request also would shift commercial and apartment housing to different parcels within the project. Some residents of Eagle Trace neighborhood are concerned with those changes.

As proposed, apartment housing could be constructed on either side of the Eagle Trace community — to the east along White Eagle Boulevard on property that abuts Eagle Trace and to the west on land between 117th Street East, State Road 64 and Eagle Trace. That area backs up to villas in Eagle Trace, and some homeowners said they were worried about losing their privacy and sense of security if four-story apartments are constructed.

Resident Tony Glaudé said he and others are trying to raise awareness on how the changes might impact the community with the hope local residents attend the meeting to voice their concerns.

“We’re going to try to get as many people to go [to the meeting] as we can,” Glaudé said.

About 20 Eagle Trace residents attended the Manatee County Planning Commission meeting July 11.

The land changes affect SMR’s Lakewood Centre Development of Regional Impact.


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