Parrish Bats to Preserve Rustic Air amidst New Developments


SARASOTA, FLORIDA, October 30, 2017 – Civic leaders in Parrish are taking steps to ensure that the major real estate developments planned in their community won’t alter the rustic charm that made the local residences as desirable as the homes for sale in Bradenton and Sarasota.

Towards this end, the nonprofit Parrish Civic Association (PCA) announced in September that it is reviving its rural development committee. This body notably helped in 2008 to craft the development guide for the Parrish overlay district, a 481-acre zone on the flanks of U.S. 301.

Keeping the Old Florida Ambiance

In this district, new commercial buildings constructed are under a 5,000-square-foot limit and need to have an Old Florida architectural style in harmony with the rural heritage of Parrish. Such a guideline has already contributed towards setting the look for Dollar General and Premier Community Bank in Parrish.

Older homes in this area can be repurposed as shops or offices, under the district’s development guidelines. Pedestrian links are also required on adjoining commercial properties in the commercial village overlay district of Parrish which tries to avoid making the highway a domain for suburban strip malls.

Massive North River Ranch Project Looms

North River Ranch Project

The North River Ranch project north of Moccasin Wallow Road and west of U.S. 301 is one development that the PCA sure would like its rural development committee’s inputs to be considered. Set for opening this spring, the North River Ranch project also notably has a commercial component besides residential units.

A total of 1,999 residences are on the drawing boards of Dallas-based Amazon Lando on 445 acres that it purchased from Neal Land Ventures on the North River Ranch property. Neal has likewise sold 268 acres in the same Parrish area to Kolter Land Acquisitions which plans to develop the property for two national homebuilders. The site Kolter purchased is approved for 562 homes, and their marketing is expected to start in the 2018 first quarter.

Much of the North River Ranch project’s progress banks on the planned four-lane extension of Fort Hamer Road south of the property. The roadwork is funded for fiscal years 2022–2024, but Neal is lobbying that the road extension be fast-tracked to 2018–2019. Some longtime Parrish residents though are concerned about the road extension because it would bypass much of the historic village of Parrish.

Huge Parrish Lakes Development Next

Parrish Lakes Development

The Parrish Lakes project of Florida Land Management is another local initiative that the PCA has been keeping track of. This initiative was stalled by the Great Recession but is now being revived for a total of 3,300 homes and 450,000 square feet of retail and office space.

This project has been set on a 1,155-acre site between Moccasin Wallow Road on the north and Erie Road on the south. East of it is the Buffalo Creek Golf Course. Nearby too is the sprawling Harrison Ranch already host to residences competitive not only with homes for sale in Bradenton but with those in Sarasota as well.

The Brandon-based Florida Land Management in September further expanded its Parrish footprint. During the month, it purchased an additional 138 acres west of U.S. 301 extending northward from Moccasin Wallow Road to Erie Road south. With the equally extensive North Ranch project just east of this site, members of the PCA rural development committee sure would their hands full in the coming years.