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Updated: 11/21/2013 08:00:06AM

Sarasota OKs first wave of 2050 plan changes

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SARASOTA COUNTY — County commissioners unanimously approved changes to the required number of housing types, as well as location and number of village commercial centers, to the Sarasota 2050 housing plan Wednesday evening.

Sarasota 2050 was adopted in 2002 as part of the county’s comprehensive plan. It’s designed to encourage housing that meets low-impact standards — and discourage urban sprawl — 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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