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Sarasota News Leader February 1, 2013 2050 blueprint they would like to see tweaked. County employees held 10 such meetings, with companies ranging from Palmer Ranch to Schroeder-Manatee and Neal Communities, and submitted 37 suggested changes to the commission last week. Just a few examples of those tweaks: Page 12 Barbetta argued at a meeting last year that the 2050 plan "will never work," saying: "You can't airlift an urban community and put it eight or nine miles out east." On Wednesday, he reiterated his doubts, but he said the county needs to figure out a solution within the 2050 framework. "We have to try to make this work," he said, • Eliminate requirements that builders con- "as much as I'd like to scrap this." tinue to prove the fiscal neutrality of their projects throughout the development pro- If 2050 proves to be too restrictive over the cess, in order to improve projects' "predict- long run, the end result would be unplanned "five- and 10-acre ranchettes" out east, Barability." betta cautioned. • Allow developers "I guess I've got a litto classify lakes as tle different perspec"Open Space" in tive," Commissiontheir planning. er Nora Patterson • Loosen up walkchimed in, citing the ability stipulations fact that she is the "because of the only sitting commispopulation age sioner to have voted group within Sarafor the 2050 plan in sota County" and the first place. because "there "We said to everyare other ways to body, as long as we address this issue save open space such as incentivizand do it in a better ing Low Speed Veway, we're going to hicles." give everybody east Commissioners Joe of I-75 the ability to Barbetta, Charles develop their land Hines and Christine in something other Robinson all made than five- and 10-acre specific requests for ranchettes," Pattermore data, but they son said, offering exvoiced support for amples of waivers the A chart included in the 2050 plan provides changes of some county had granted to minimum specifications for 'Village' developments. Image courtesy Sarasota County kind. help projects move

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