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CRICKETS FROM THE PUBLIC A Sarasota County map shows details of how the 2050 plan would be applied to future development. Image courtesy Sarasota County IN DEBATE OVER SARASOTA 2050, COUNTY RESIDENTS WILL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO VOICE THEIR OWN VIEWS ABOUT FUTURE DEVELOPMENT By Cooper Levey-Baker Associate Editor Now it is your turn. than traditional suburbs — regulations that come in exchange for the ability to increase density. The creation of the plan was an attempt to strike a bargain between developers hoping to construct housing in new areas, primarily east of I-75, and communities that were concerned about unchecked urban sprawl. Starting next Wednesday evening, March 13, Sarasota County residents will have the chance to sound off about the fate of Sarasota 2050, the detailed land-use plan approved 11 years ago to preserve open space and to encourage the construction of walkable, mixeduse communities. But now that bargain might be headed for The plan requires builders to follow a set of the scrap heap. Last September, the Sarasota specific rules crafted to encourage the con- County Commission voted to have Planning struction of village-style neighborhoods rather and Development Services staffers begin re-

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