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06/07/2013

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TESTING THE WATERS A graphic shows areas in green that would be 'sending zones' for Transfer of Development Rights; they are parcels that would remain undeveloped. Areas in red would be 'receiving zones,' where denser development would be allowed. Image courtesy Sarasota County COUNTY OFFERS LOW 'TEASER' PRICE FOR FIRST TRANSFER OF DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS By Cooper Levey-Baker Associate Editor It wasn't quite as dramatic as a mattress sales- to as TDRs in planning lingo) are part of a sysman chain-sawing a bed in half to advertise tem that allows a property owner to sell the his Labor Day half-off sale, but the Saraso- right to develop his or her property, which in ta County Commission did move this week turn allows the purchaser to apply those rights to slash the proposed price for the first 100 to build on his or her own land. The intent is to encourage the presTransfer of Developervation of open space ment Rights associatwhile also pushing deed with county-owned The public needs to know there is velopment into the environmentally sensi- no right answer here. most desirable areas. tive lands. But in Sarasota CounCharles Hines Commissioner Transfer of Developty, nobody knows how Sarasota County much a TDR should ment Rights (referred

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