Sarasota News Leader

02/01/2013

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DEVELOPMENT DILEMMA Following the 2012 elections, the County Commission hears public comments in November. Photo by Norman Schimmel PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE SARASOTA 2050 PLAN HEADED TO THE PUBLIC FOR COMMENTS By Cooper Levey-Baker Associate Editor A list of proposed changes to the rules that guide new development in Sarasota County may soon be coming to a community meeting near you. Developers have been pushing for the 2050 alterations, arguing that the regulations are too restrictive and present numerous obstacles to new construction. Supporters of 2050, meanwhile, have argued that the relatively small The County Commission voted Wednesday, number of projects approved under the plan in Jan. 30, to have staff schedule a series of recent years has more public meetings over to do with the calamithe next 90 days to tous real estate crash present and discuss If the developers can't make this than excessive governpotential changes to business model work, then they should ment regulation. Sarasota 2050, the dedo the American thing — they should be tailed land-use plan The commission asked adopted a decade ago innovators and adapters. staff last fall to meet to encourage New UrLourdes Ramirez with development banist neighborhoods, President companies to find out Sarasota County Coalition particularly east of Inof Neighborhood Associations which aspects of the terstate 75.

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