Public input session tonight to focus on zoning amendment in Sarasota

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Florida Construction News staff writer

The City of Sarasota’s planning department is hosting a virtual public input session starting at 5:30 p.m. today (Nov. 16) regarding a zoning text amendment to create three new mixed-use zone districts along commercial corridors and commercial centers to incentivize on-site attainable housing.

The meeting will be held via Zoom and participants can register at https://sarasotafl-gov.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_DB4OOm0bSKGPR1rOYOVdWw

The purpose of the urban mixed-use zone districts is to identify existing commercial corridors and commercial centers for appropriate mixed-use development to encourage attainable housing.

The Urban Mixed-Use land use classification and implementing urban mixed-use zone districts are founded upon the concepts of “New Urbanism” in an effort to attract compact mixed-use developments that provide housing and workplaces within close proximity.

The Zoom meeting will include discussions on:

  • Comprehensive Plan vs. Zoning
  • History of what the City Commission has already approved
  • Proposed density bonus when attainable housing is provided on-site
  • Development and design standards for urban mixed-use zone districts
  • Development and design standards for commercial centers

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