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Sarasota County Mixed-Use Infill Code

Sarasota Plan

The Sarasota County comprehensive plan had long called for redevelopment of vacant/underutilized parcels to create mixed-use neighborhoods, but the implementing codes were rigid and deemed unworkable by developers. An overhauled floating-zone code was adopted in 2007, balancing developers’ need for flexibility with sensitivity to nearby neighborhoods. Developers who want to build under the code must commit to a public workshop or “charrette” process from initial planning stages. The code gives explicit standards for assignment of transect zones and the selection of street and lot types from a pre-approved palette. The county commission approves each regulating plan through a PUD-like rezoning process.


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Sarasota County Code Website

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