SARASOTA COUNTY — More than 100 home-owners, developers, environmental group members and others turned out to a meeting this week to offer their input on proposed changes to the Sarasota 2050 plan, part of the county’s Comprehensive Plan that was adopted over a decade ago but has seen little in terms of residential development.
Sarasota 2050 is a planning program designed to encourage housing that meets low-impact standards outside of municipal areas that are mainly east of Interstate 75. The standards call for, among other things, diversity of housing within developments, and wilderness and wildlife preservation. There are some 2050 “settlement areas” south and west of Center Road near North Port, as well as some areas near Englewood. The biggest areas are in the Lakewood Ranch area in North County. All of the 2050 areas are in unincorporated areas of the county.
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