In 2010, the Manatee county Commission designated the 1300 plus acres of Manatee Fruit Company land in SW Manatee county a PDMU (Planned Development Mixed Use) for future development.
Other actions were taken by the County in 2013 which further indicated that the land was best suited for a Mixed Use designation.
Those actions were:
- Creation of an Urban Service Area (USA) in the South West sector of the County which included the Manatee Fruit Company land. This area was so identified because of already existing infrastructure such as roads, water treatment facilities, sidewalks and power lines.
- Created the “How Will We Grow Study” with much public input that recognizes the need for thoughtful development in this area citing the infill nature of the land in the middle of existing infrastructure that allows the County to get more value out of money already spent.
- Commissioned a study by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) that identified areas within the county, specifically the southwest sector for targeted investment citing the strengths of IMG’s world-wide reputation and the available land of Manatee Fruit company.