Published: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 10:47 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 10:47 p.m.
The third and final round of changes to Sarasota County's 2050 growth management plan received overwhelming support Wednesday from county commissioners, who brushed aside concerns about environmental harm, sprawl and the cost to taxpayers and predicted the plan would now work more smoothly.. . . .
The 2050 revisions approved Wednesday will allow “hamlet” developments far from the county's urban core to be more densely clustered, decrease the amount of commercial space required in 2050 “villages” and offer incentives for complying with the affordable housing mandate in the plan. They also eliminate requirements that developers looking to build more than one village in a certain region wait 15 years between projects, and that new housing projects be denied if there is already sufficient inventory to meet demand.
The County heard from some 50 speakers, the majority came to express concerns about the developer-backed changes to the Plan:
“This isn't a plan for 2050, it's a plan for 1950,” said Longboat Key resident Larry Grossman in arguing the revisions would continue the sprawling, “low density, auto-dependent” development patterns that began a generation ago.