City Planning Department to host open houses regarding new mixed-use zoning districts designed to spur construction of attainable housing units

First event scheduled for Aug. 24 at Selby Library

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The City of Sarasota’s Planning Department is hosting three open houses to discuss new mixed-use zoning districts and to receive public comments, city staff has announced.

The first open house is scheduled from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 24, at the Selby Public Library, which stands at 1331 First St. in downtown Sarasota, a news release says.

A potential zoning text amendment “would create new mixed-use zone districts to incentivize on-site attainable housing along commercial corridors and in commercial centers,” the release explains.

Each open house will begin with a staff presentation, followed by break-out sessions to foster conversation on the following topics, the release adds:

  • Future land use and zoning.
  • Mixed-use zone districts.
  • Attainable housing.
  • Design standards.
  • Transportation.

The second workshop is to be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3233, which is located at 124 S. Tuttle Ave., the release notes. The third will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at the Arlington Park Gymnasium, which stands at 2650 Waldemere St.

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