County’s Comprehensive Plan receives another statewide honor for excellence

American Planning Association’s Florida Chapter to bestow the award at conference in September

The Sarasota County Comprehensive Plan is available on the county website. Image courtesy Sarasota County

Sarasota County has received another statewide honor for its Comprehensive Plan, “this time picking up the Award of Excellence from the American Planning Association’s Florida Chapter,” the county has announced.

This latest recognition comes a few months after the county’s Comprehensive Plan received the 2017 Award of Merit from the Florida Planning and Zoning Association (FPZA), a news release points out.

Last year, the county’s Planning and Development Services Department staff, along with more than 50 subject matter experts from each county department, “completed an 18-month update to this important, overarching plan” to reflect changes in community characteristics and demographics, the release explains. The plan guides the decision-making process of county staff and the County Commission, as well as the investment of resources in the unincorporated areas of the county, the release adds.

The Sarasota County Comprehensive Plan previously was recognized by the FPZA’s Gulf Coast Chapter with the 2016 Outstanding Planning Project Award.

Sarasota County staff will formally accept the latest award during the American Planning Association’s Annual State Conference in Daytona Beach in September, the release notes.

To view the Comprehensive Plan, visit and look for “Comprehensive Plan” under the Business tab at the top of the page.