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Date of Issue: November 16, 2006

PUD is A-OK again in Bradenton Beach

A land-use technique for planned development is again a part of the proposed future land-use plans for Bradenton Beach.

The city's planning and zoning board last week decided to reinstate planned-unit developments within the comprehensive plan. It had previously stricken the designation.

Planned-unit developments allow greater flexibility for projects, allowing more open space and clustering of buildings. The underlying density of the property is maintained, but other features of the property can be enhanced under the designation.

The comp plan review process has been ongoing in Bradenton Beach for about three years. Professional planning consultant Tony Arrant was shepherd for a special committee, and then the planning and zoning board, through a host of changes in the process of revising the long-range future vision of the city.

Everything from infrastructure to environmental aspects of the city's future are addressed in the plan. Also included is a change in the density of properties.

Currently, low-medium residential uses may have up to 10 single-famuly units per acre. The proposed change calls for no more than nine units in a low-density category.

Under the present medium-high density category, up to 22 units per acre are currently permitted. The proposed change would allow no more than nine single-family units with a minimum of 1,000 square feet per unit, or nine duplexes per acre with a mininum 700 square feet per unit on 5,000 square-foot lots.

For the proposed high density category, the current category allows up to 22 units per acre. It is proposed to be no more than nine single-family homes or nine duplexes per acre. For multi-family residential/seasonal (attached units), there is a minimum of three units or more with a minimum of 700 square feet per unit with a density of up to 18 units per acre. For residential/tourist hotel/motel transient lodging, there is a minimum of six units or more, minimum unit size of 300 square feet, and a density of no more than 18 units per acre.

Residential/office/retail/transient lodging currently allows 16 units per acre. The proposed change would allow up to 18 units.

The planning and zoning board also placed provisions within the commercial land-use category.

Allowed uses include "hotel/motels, restaurants, bars, retail, professional office, upholstery shops, video arcade and commercial recreation activities, small deli-meat market and produce sales or similar uses, marinas and those that are traditionally related to marina operations and activities."

Prohibited in commercial areas are "stand-alone or multi-level parking structures/facilities, industrial uses, adult entertainment, automotive shops or gas stations, marine repair, motorized vehicle repair, motorized vehicle sales, pawn shops, wholesale or distribution or multi-unit business using a common brand name, i.e., franchise or chain stores."

Planners will review the document again in early December, then forward it to the city commission, which will make a final determination on the matter, probably early next year, following public hearings.

The document will then go to the Florida Department of Community Affairs, which will review and pass the document back to the city as either approved by that agency or with comments to be addressed.

The city will then begin the process of reviewing the implementing document - the land development code - of the comprehensive plan.