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[Government] Costs High for Changing Building Rules through Downtown

Jacob Ogles,

A tightening of rules on how construction can be approved on South Palm Avenue may now affect other parts of downtown Sarasota. As City officials expand the area where new rules can later be applied, the costs for changes is going up rapidly.

When the City was simply planning creation of a South Palm zoning overlay district and preparing a needed change to the City's comprehensive plan, the cost of noticing affected property owners of an upcoming public hearing was set to run $524. But now that all of downtown could potentially be affected by a comprehensive plan change, that cost has skyrocketed to $3,471.

That cost covers mailing notifications of a Development Review Committee meeting to all property owners who could be impacted by a change. Like mailings will have to be done when the changes go before the Planning Board and City Commission.

But City Manager Bob Bartolotta said time and money could be saved in the long run by discussing all of downtown. Since the City Commission gave direction to move ahead on South Palm changes, other neighborhood leaders, including those in Laurel Park and near Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, have asked for similar comprehensive plan changes.

"Do you want to go though a comp plan change every time? Why do every single one separately?" Bartolotta said.

By having a comprehensive plan amendment, which can easily take nine months to a year to implement, affect all of downtown, it will save staff time and costs.

The manager noted the comprehensive plan change being considered will not necessarily restrict development. South Palm residents are also moving on a zoning overlay which will change the rules. Commissioners would still need to approve such an overlay for other neighborhoods before significant rule changes affected development. 


Craig Hullinger AICP - The process described above is too slow and costly. Speed it up.

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Director, Center for Fisheries Enhancement

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Environmental issues are challenges around the globe. Each of the four luncheon programs will address one major environmental problem, with emphasis on understanding and dealing with each issue on a local basis.  Now in its third year, the 2011 Policy Forum will address problems related to water, alternative energy, fisheries and sustainability.
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Volume 8    February 8, 2011    Issue 16
Economic Outlook 2011 in Review
We hope you were among the 380 guests who heard Dr. Sean Snaith and local CEOs live and in person at EO '11. If you missed it, or want to share the knowledge with friends and colleagues, here are some online resources available at
. Dr. Snaith's presentation (PowerPoint file)
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  Voss and Associates (mp3 file)Photo gallery by Maria Lyle Photography. Video coming soon!
Thanks to presenting sponsor Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick LLP; Doctors Hospital of Sarasota; Florida Power & Light Co.; Regions Bank; Verizon and Steven A. Smith & Associates.
AnnouncementsDonna Carden Joins EDC Staff!Please help us welcome our newest team member, Donna Carden, corporate relations director. A 30-year resident of Sarasota County, Donna has 25 years of experience in customer relationship management and sales in the retail and wholesale mortgage business.
Originally from Buffalo, N.Y., where she attended Canisius College, Donna moved to Sarasota County in 1980 and is a graduate of the University of South Florida. In her position at the EDC, Donna is responsible for investor relations, community relations, communications and events.
February Investor Update Breakfast
to Feature "Competing for the Meeting" Panel
Expect another lively panel discussion at the Feb. 24 Investor Update Breakfast when Virginia Haley of the Sarasota Convention and Visitors Bureau leads a discussion by three tourism industry insiders. Learn about efforts to boost tourism, meetings and conventions in Sarasota County through the eyes of panelists Mark Becker, general manager at Hyatt Regency Sarasota and SCVB chair; Jennifer Moss, executive director of the Ear Research Foundation; and Anne Zavorskas, SCVB director of marketing and sales.
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The networking bash of the year, EDC Rocks!, is slated for Thursday, May 12, 5-7 p.m. at Warm Mineral Springs in North Port. Stay tuned for details.
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