Monday, February 29, 2016

Proposed changes to DRI Review

Sarasota County is seeking your input on proposed changes to the application and review process for Developments of Regional Impact and Developments of Critical Concern.
What are these development types?
  • Developments of Regional Impact (DRIs):  developments of more than 2,000 dwelling units.
  • Developments of Critical Concern (DOCCs):  developments including 1,000 to 2,000 dwelling units.
Why are changes being proposed?
Because of their large scale, DRIs and DOCCs have historically required a coordinated and clearly-defined review process by local, state and regional agencies.
In 2015, the Florida Legislature passed Senate Bill 1216, which eliminated the DRI review process and requirements for new large scale developments:
  • eliminating the existing review process and requirements for DRI applications and
  • instituting a Comprehensive Plan Amendment process for large scale developments.
Sarasota County's DOCC review process was not impacted by this statutory change, but now is ripe for re-evaluation.
What changes are being proposed?
Eliminate a separate DOCC application and ordinance for new projects, and amend the rezone application requirements for large-scale developments (encompassing both DRIs and DOCCs).
The amended application requirements would include:
  • requiring a methodology meeting prior to application submittal
  • an addendum to the rezone application specifically for large-scale projects
  • additional analysis based on the application addendum
How can you share your thoughts on this process?
The Planning and Development Services Department will be collecting public comment between now and March 21, 2016, in preparation for anApril 26, 2016, County Commission discussion. Please reserve time to speak with planning staff about the proposed changes by calling 941-861-5000 or emailing  Written comments will also be accepted at that email address, or mailed to:
Planning & Development Services
1660 Ringling Blvd, 1st Floor
Sarasota FL 34236

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