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ECONOMIST ON BOARD Sarasota County's 2050 plan was designed to create walkable communities east of Interstate 75. Image courtesy of Sarasota County COUNTY INKS DEAL FOR 2050 FISCAL NEUTRALITY REVIEW By Cooper Levey-Baker Associate Editor Sarasota County Administrator Randy Reid ty's overhaul of 2050, a land-use plan approved last week signed off on a $90,000 deal that a decade ago to encourage the construction of walkable, mixed-use communities. puts a Tennessee-based economic research and consulting firm with ties to the Reagan Fiscal neutrality is simply the "requirement that any new growth Administration in pay its way," Allen charge of reviewing Sarasota 2050's fiscal We're 11 years into this thing and Parsons, the county's long-range planneutrality rules. The there's not a stick in the ground. ning manager, told the regulations have been Joe Barbetta County Commission in one of the most conCommissioner July. Under 2050, detroversial points in the Sarasota County velopers must show debate over the coun-

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