BRADENTON — About 14.5 acres west of Bradenton City Hall, extending to 15th Street West between the Manatee River and Manatee Avenue West, property is being eyed by city officials and residents for a potential new overlay district.
The area commonly called Point Pleasant contains a lot of historic houses in a neighborhood Planning and Community Development Director Tim Polk calls a “classic traditional neighborhood when you look at the houses with various lot sizes with single and two-story single family homes. The biggest concern residents are having is about losing the neighborhood’s character to future development.”
Polk said developers could potentially come in and build three houses on a single large lot.
“In 2007, we looked at a potential overlay text amendment to our land use regulations, but it failed for a lack of support during a town hall meeting,” said Polk. “The neighborhood has all six characteristics associated with form base codes and now the concern is that form base codes won’t protect those characteristics.”