Update on Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU’s)

Update on Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU’s)

On June 20, 2019, a public hearing was held with our Manatee County Commissioners to discuss ADU’s for Manatee County.  ADU’s are one way Manatee County is trying to address the lack of affordable housing in our area.  As we’ve discussed in our meetings, newsletters, and emails, the vast majority of you are opposed to ADU’s in our neighborhood for a myriad of reasons including size, parking, flooding, short-term rentals, lack of code enforcement and much more.

You showed up and they listened!  Thank you to all the WBMA members that showed up for the County Commissioners Meeting.  We had approximately 50+ people in attendance and had over 290 ballots turned in that opposed the ADU’s.

Our County Commissioner, Misty Servia, led the charge voicing many concerns regarding ADU’s and after much discussion and debate the day ended with Stephen Jonsson (Chair) saying “We need to do a lot more work and keep the people informed”.  A motion was made to “Take no action and go back to staff to hold a future board work session on the suggested revisions from today”.

This is a great example of what can happen when our association gets together with a common message and takes action.  Thanks for showing up and voicing your concerns!  We’ll continue to keep you informed as we get additional information.

I hope to see you at the July Meeting!

Bill Espy

Read the Herald Tribune Article Here
Florida Studio Theater Event

Florida Studio Theater Event

A wonderful time was had by our Whitfield-Ballentine members who attended

“The Wonder Years” at the Florida Studio Theatre June 9th! The performance,

which included Baby Boomer songs and trivia, was high energy, humorous, and

poignant as well. The Whitfield/Ballentine Manor Social Committee has been

very busy putting together events which bring our neighbors together for fun-filled

social outings.  Stay tuned for our next event! Hope you will join us!!

The Whitfield/ Ballentine Social Committee.

July News Announcement

July News Announcement

A big thanks to all of you who returned your surveys and wrote to our County Commissioners regarding the Additional Dwelling Units.  With only three exceptions, the consensus was that they would not be a welcome addition to our neighborhood and that we hope that we will be exempted as an historical neighborhood with existing rules and regulations that are hard enough to enforce as is.

Our membership remains strong and although we have had a multitude of homes sell in the first half of the year, most of the new buyers are coming on board as members of our association.

Our social committee has been hard at work coming up with new events and the beautification committee continues to spruce up our neighborhood with their green thumbs and extra funds contributed by our Angel Members.

We would like to wish you a safe, happy, and healthy 4th of July and that you spend it doing something you enjoy.  It commemorates the Declaration of Independence of the United States on July 4, 1776.  The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies were no longer subject to the monarch of Britain and were now united, free, and independent states.

Traffic Soars at SRQ!

Traffic Soars at SRQ!

SRQ has experienced substantial growth over the last year with the addition of Allegiant Air in April 2018, offering nonstop service to Cincinnati (CVG), Indianapolis (IND) and Pittsburgh (PIT) and bringing ultra-low-cost fares to SRQ.  Growth continues with the addition of a second ultra-low-cost carrier, Frontier Airlines which began operating flights to three destinations, Atlanta (ATL), Cleveland (CLE) and Philadelphia (PHL) on December 10, 2018. SRQ now has 8 airlines serving 26 destinations!

 

As though that was not enough, more great news was announced in November.  Allegiant will begin twice weekly service to Baltimore (BWI) and Ashville, NC (AVL) beginning February 22, 2019, just in time for Spring training.  They will continue to expand their operation at SRQ with flights to Cleveland, OH (CLE), Columbus, OH (LCK), Grand Rapids, MI (GRR), Harrisburg, PA (MDT), Nashville, TN (BNA), Richmond, VA (RIC), and Syracuse, NY (SYR) starting in April 2019.

 

American Airlines began serving three new destinations, Dallas, TX (DFW) and Chicago, IL (ORD), last month and Philadelphia, PA (PHL) in January.  Jetblue adds a second daily flight to Boston in January and Delta’s seasonal flights to Detroit and JFK returned last month. Traffic increases have averaged over 25% for the last 6 months.

 

Fredrick Piccolo, President and CEO of the Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority feels certain that there will be even more growth “In the airline industry, it seems that we start to build on this momentum, as one comes in, others come in and adds more service, so we’re certainly seeing this phenomenon play out”.

 

SRQ is ready for the growth.  The FAA moved into a newly constructed tower this summer and the landscape project at the front entrance will be complete in the Spring.  With the addition of the shade parking lot and the recent completion of the new air-conditioned loading bridges, the airport continues to offer many amenities that you just won’t find at other small airports.  There are numerous food, beverage and shopping options both pre and post security. A covered rental car return lot, electric vehicle charging stations, a new welcome center, phone charging stations, Mamava nursing pods, a pet relief area and so much more.  So next time you make your travel plans, check SRQ first!

Article Courtesy of Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport

Proposed Comprehensive Plan Amendment for former Church Property

By Norm Luppino

Public hearings to change the Future Land Use (FLU) Designation of the former Whitfield Presbyterian Church property have been scheduled for January 17th and February 7th.  The 8.2-acre site is part of the 1926 Whitfield Estates subdivision and consists of unbuilt streets and platted lots (see sketch).

The site is currently designated OL (Office Light) along U.S. 41 (indicated by pink on the map) and RES-3 (Residential 3 d.u./acre) in the back (indicated by beige).   The request is to change the FLU designation to ROR (Retail/Office/Residential) for the entire site.

If this change is approved, the property would be eligible for an array of commercial uses and residential development.  Because the property is within a coastal designation, county staff has indicated,if approved, a maximum of 38 dwelling units could be permitted and a maximum of 134,000 square footage of office or commercial could be permitted with future site plan submittals to the County.

This change will extend the commercial designation significantly further back from U.S. 41 than what currently exists on adjacent properties south of Bowlees Creek in our neighborhood.  In addition, the back portion is surrounded on three sides by residential uses.

 

We will discuss this proposed change at our January Association meeting and look forward to your input.