Gamble Creek Village’s plan envisions the amenities of a rural farming community with the convenience of a modern neighborhood – smart growth integrated into the agricultural surroundings, in a thoughtful, sustainable way. Gamble Creek Village will have more than 3,300 acres of its land guaranteed for use as agricultural or open space purposes. This constitutes more than half the development. At least 30% of that land -- or about 1,000 acres -- will be preserved for open spaces, parks, miles of creek-side trails, walking paths and recreational opportunities…beneficial growth while preserving what makes Northeast Manatee special.
Gamble Creek Village features the principle of “complete streets” that create a safe environment for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. Connected pathways, trails and sidewalks encourage non-motorized transportation. A town center with shopping and dining opportunities, along with close by schools and other essential services, reduce the need for vehicles and open the way for innovative transportation solutions.
With no remaining developable tracts as large as even 3,000 acres in Northeast Manatee County, the Gamble Creek Village property likely represents the last opportunity for the County to systematically plan for and guide future growth in the area and at a scale large enough to be a complete community. This is a once-in-a-generational opportunity for Manatee County to create a unique and self-sustaining agricultural community that truly protects large tracts of open space and enhances the environment.The village is envisioned to be neo-traditional style with clustered single-family homes and multi-family homes with an eye toward work-force housing needs. Clustered housing allows for the preservation of open spaces and land for agriculture. Housing is capped at 7,200 units and amounts to no more than 1.2 units/acre overall.
A private, centralized sewer system, and wastewater treatment facility is planned in lieu of a proliferation of up to 1,200 individual septic systems, benefitting the quality of the Gamble Creek Basin and the overall environment. Some environmental studies suggest a link between the abundance of septic systems in the state and recent devastating outbreaks of Red Tide and other harmful algal blooms that foul our waterways and coastlines. Gamble Creek Village's centralized sewer system will eliminate up to 1,200 septic systems. A central water system and a potable water treatment plant also is planned, eliminating the need for individual wells.
As an 'agricentric' community, neighborhoods within Gamble Creek Village will have easy access to local farmer's markets and the development of technology-enabled agriculturally-oriented businesses and employment centers will be encouraged. Agricultural lands, large areas of open space, parks, miles of creek-side trails, walking paths and significant recreational opportunities will preserve the natural features of this special Northeast Manatee County land.