In addition to an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Nick Price, the Manatee County, Fla. development plans include 95 custom single-family homes, 55,000 sq.-ft. of residential amenities and 14 resort cottages. The residential amenities include a 25,000-sq.-ft. clubhouse, a 20,000-sq.-ft. training facility designed by David Leadbetter, and a 10,000-sq.-ft. maintenance building.
Manatee County, Fla. Commissioners approved rezoning a property from agriculture to planned development residential, the Bradenton Herald reported. Nick Price, a retired professional golfer who won the PGA Championship twice and The Open Championship once, has been retained to design a private golf course at the site.
Also planned for the property are 95 custom single-family homes, 55,000 sq.-ft. of residential amenities and 14 resort cottages, the Herald reported. The residential amenities include a 25,000-sq.-ft. clubhouse, a 20,000-sq.-ft. training facility designed by David Leadbetter, and a 10,000-sq.-ft. maintenance building.
“The goal is to protect the environment as much as possible. We understand the land and the area,” said Charles Duff of Lakewood Ranch, who is listed as one of the managers of property owner 536 Single RE LLC, which bought the parcel in 2022 for $14 million.
The homes planned for Myakka Village would be clustered on the north side of the property, away from the Myakka River, Bob Gause of Gause and Associates of Palmetto, told the Herald. The golf course would be built on the south side of the property.
The Myakka River twists and turns along the southern boundary of Myakka Village, the Herald reported.
Because the property is not served by county utilities, Myakka Village would use well water and handle sewage treatment on site, the Herald reported. Myakka Village would also be required to handle stormwater runoff.
A key factor in county commissioners approving the rezoning is that the developer would have been able to build just as many houses under existing agricultural zoning, one per five acres, as with planned development residential zoning, the Herald reported.
“They aren’t touching wetlands. I absolutely have no problem with it,” county Commissioner George Kruse said of the project.
Several Myakka City residents attended the county commission land-use meeting to express their concerns, ranging from stormwater runoff to light pollution and traffic, the Herald reported.
“This project is maybe not the right time and place,” said Carol Ann Felts, a Myakka City activist and former county commission candidate.
County commissioners voted 5-1 to approve the rezoning, with James Satcher casting the only negative vote, the Herald reported. Commissioner Vanessa Baugh, who recently announced her retirement, did not attend the meeting.
“While a world-class golf course and training facility may attract families to the club, it’s the amenity-rich culture that will keep them here,” the Myakka Village website says. “It’s amenities like our destination spa, lagoon-style pool featuring a children’s splash pad and adult’s grotto, adventure course, kids ‘secret hideout,’ and multiple dining concepts that set Myakka Village apart.”