CONA panel to debate 2050 plan


CONA panel to debate 2050 plan


Date: November 11, 2013
by: Nolan Peterson | News Editor


The Sarasota County Council of Neighborhood Associations (CONA) has set pushing back against proposed changes to the Sarasota 2050 plan as its top priority in the post-recession development uptick.

On Monday night the group, which comprises more than 70 area neighborhoods, homeowner associations, condominium associations and civic organizations, will meet to discuss how urban services factor into the 2050 debate.

A panel discussion titled ‘Urban Services, Urban Realities,’ will feature downtown developer Jesse Biter, Downtown Improvement District board member Eileen Hampshire, Downtown Sarasota Alliance board member Vic Sully and New College Professor David Brain.

CONA, which was created in 1961, represents the interests of more than 70,000 area residents.

CONA President Lourdes Ramirez, who recently announced her 2014 candidacy for the Sarasota County Commission, has said that resisting proposed changes to the Sarasota 2050 plan are at the forefront of the combined neighborhood association’s agenda in the post-recession economy, which is seeing an uptick in new construction and development as well as an anticipated surge in area population.

Ramirez said that loosening the current community planning and fiscal neutrality requirements of the original 2050 proposal will encourage development sprawl in east Sarasota County, inevitably forcing taxpayers to foot the bill for new infrastructure projects such as roads and sewage systems to accommodate the new urban areas.

According to CONA, the proposed changes to Sarasota’s 2050 plan are “shortsighted,” and new development should happen first in urban areas closer to the coast with an existing utilities infrastructure that can absorb population growth with no additional cost to taxpayers. Other changes, such as rezoning city land to allow for higher density housing, would also help take advantage of existing growth capacity, Ramirez said.

CONA’s Monday-night meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m., at the Sarasota Garden Club, 1131 Boulevard of the Arts, Sarasota.

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Currently 4 Responses

  • 1.
  • Commissioner Barbetta is leading the charge to mitigate the 2050 plan while criticizing City Commissioners who want to be included in the conversation. CONA help elect him elected good thing they're working to block evil agenda.
  • O C Crandall
    Tue 12th Nov 2013
    at 10:20am
  • 2.
  • HMMM...Did the development of the 2050 master plan for downtown urban development factor in global warming and the predictions that within a century the homes in Gillespie Park will be waterfront or perhaps only the newly built 3rd stories will be inhabitable? Perhaps we should be looking at how to relocate downtown to East of 1-75.
  • Dale Orlando
    Tue 12th Nov 2013
    at 7:30am
  • 3.
  • 2050 is urbanism run amuck. You can't dictate what people want, you can only tell them what they can't do and then they will vote with their feet as has happened to Sarasota County. Folks have simply gone to developments that offer what they want in other counties.
  • Sly One
    Mon 11th Nov 2013
    at 5:26pm
  • 4.
  • Trash the 2050 plan. Individuals working with their developers should determine fulfill their own desires and not those of some faceless "central planners."
  • Milan Adrian
    Mon 11th Nov 2013
    at 1:11pm
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