2,372 acres -- 48% of Gamble Creek Village -- will be guaranteed for use as agricultural or open space. Of that land, at least 30%, will be preserved for open spaces, parks, miles of creek-side trails, walking paths and significant recreational opportunities. Meaningful open space, agricultural lands and natural features will be preserved.
Housing is capped at 7,200 units. 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. Clustering of housing creates space for conservation, preservation, open spaces and agriculture.
The vision is of a community that encourages intergenerational living -- a complete, vibrant village, not an isolated gated subdivision.
The community is designed to be compatible with surrounding areas by locating open space, agriculture and very low density residential around the perimeter of the project.
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.
Opportunities for renewable energy will be considered as part of the plan.
According to the Manatee County’s “How Will We Grow” report (2013), multiple studies have cited Parrish as a future growth and activity center, much like Lakewood Ranch and Lake Flores.
The property that is envisioned to become Gamble Creek Village is the largest, non-government, non-mining owned parcel in private ownership in Manatee County. It is approximately 8-square miles (5,040 acres), roughly the size of Celebration, the well-known community outside of Orlando or, locally, the City of Palmetto. Gamble Creek VIllage is well outside of the county’s Coastal High Hazard Area and does not impact the Lake Manatee watershed, a principal source of the region's drinking water.
With no remaining developable tracts as large as even 3,000 acres, the Gamble Creek Village property likely represents the last opportunity for the County to systematically plan for and guide future growth in the area with the creation of a new, economically self-sufficient, master-planned community and activity center in Northeast Manatee County, and sufficient acreage to preserve significant natural features and viable agricultural tracts. It makes sense to plan for that growth now.
While agricultural operations are likely to continue, future land use planning is intended to guide the evolution of the county and must be done well in advance. Gamble Creek Village represents a choice between creating a cohesive, self-sustaining village or allowing haphazard urban sprawl to take over a large part of Northeast Manatee County.
The existing comprehensive plan and code do not guarantee that ANY of the land will remain agricultural in the future.
The property owners have been approached several times to sell off tracts piecemeal for sprawling residential development. As agricultural lands continue to be converted to residential development, it is in Parrish and Manatee County’s best interest to provide for the permanent preservation of some agricultural lands in conjunction with clustered residential development and a village center that creates employment, retail and support uses.
For more than 30 years, the Lindsay family have exercised careful stewardship of the land through farming, agriculture and conservation. Originally, the property was slated for open strip mining of phosphate.
As long-time landowners, they are committed to seeing the region grow and thrive and look to the future with long-range planning initiatives.
They look forward to working with friends and neighbors to help make and keep Northeast Manatee County a great place to live, respecting agriculture as a lifestyle of tradition and community, and preserving authenticity while providing a healthy, safe and secure community.