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BIG WEEK FOR SARASOTA 2050 The countryside well east of Sarasota on Fruitville Road has a number of pastoral scenes. Photo by Rachel Hackney COUNTY COMMISSION GIVES THE OK TO NUMEROUS SARASOTA 2050 REVISIONS By Cooper Levey-Baker Associate Editor Changes to the county's Sarasota 2050 policy took a big step toward becoming reality this week, as the County Commission approved a series of zoning edits, moved forward on comprehensive plan changes and gave the thumbs-up to a privately initiated request to rewrite the rules for a parcel along Clark Road. detailed regulations are stifling development, while 2050 defenders charge that the board is gutting the plan in an effort to please politically powerful builders. Approved approximately a decade ago, 2050 was intended to encourage the construction of walkable, mixed-use communities in areas that were previously off-limits for dense n e w n e i g h b o rSarasota 2050 has been If a village can't be done on this hoods, largely east of a topic of fierce debate property, I really wonder if it can be done Interstate 75. since the county began anywhere. On Wednesday, Nov. exploring the possiJim Turner 20, the commission bility of altering it in Attorney approved a series 2011. Commissioners Williams Parker Harrison Dietz & Getzen of zoning changes say the land-use plan's

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