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This Week in Local Government

Written by on Sunday, April 28, 2024

This week begins with a neighborhood workshop about a 100-home project in Old Miakka. On Thursday, the Manatee County Commission will probably approve a $3.5 million loan to an affordable-home developer and discuss an 800-home project near Lake Manatee. Next week Monday, there will be a City of Sarasota Commission meeting with a packed agenda. Among others, Vice Mayor Ahearn-Koch would like her colleagues to rescind a vote that added attainable-housing incentives to the comprehensive plan.

 

Monday (04/29)

Online neighborhood workshop (Zoom link here)

Highlight: Yet another big development in Old Miakka, Sarasota County’s oldest rural community: Hidden Hammocks LLC, a company connected to Cannon Homes, wants to build up to 100 homes on 511 acres South of Fruitville Road and West of Lena Lane. To do so, Sarasota County has to rezone the land from agricultural to “open use estate” (one home per five acres).

6:00 PM on Zoom

 

Tuesday (04/30)

Manatee County Commission joint session with Town of Longboat Key (agenda)

Highlights: Expansion of Gulf-islands ferry service; island-wide transit.

1:30 PM

Manatee County Administration Building, Patricia M. Glass Chambers, first floor, 1112 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton

 

Wednesday (05/01)

City of Sarasota Development Review Committee (agenda)

Highlights: Third resubmittal of a luxury condo tower in The Quay area; several detail changes to the comprehensive plan (see here); replacement of water main along North Tamiami Trail; updating the wastewater treatment plant.

9:00 AM

City Hall, commission chambers, 1565 1st St, Sarasota, FL 34236

 

Thursday (05/02)

Manatee County Commission land-use meeting (agenda)

Highlights: Approve $3.5 million loan agreement with the developers of the Nest at Robbins affordable housing complex; regulations for food trucks; rezone of 85 acres of agricultural land on State Road 64 and Uihlein Road to planned development, to build 795 homes;

9:00 AM

Manatee County Administration Building, Patricia M. Glass Chambers, first floor, 1112 Manatee Avenue West, Bradenton

 

Friday (05/03)

None

 

Monday (05/06)

City of Sarasota Commission regular meeting (agenda)

Highlights: $1 million contribution from city housing funds to affordable housing project on N. Tamiami Trail; city submits candidates to public housing board (will there be an actual public housing tenant among them, as required by statute?); adoption of Housing Authority’s request for higher density on land in Newtown for more public housing; prohibiting use of plastic bags for yard waste; Commissioner Jen Ahearn wants discussion re taking back April 1 vote on attainable-housing comp plan change and a possible re-vote; developer’s appeal to denial of McAlpin House teardown; discussion re LGBT+ rights in Sarasota (“Municipal Equality Index”).

9:00 AM

City Hall, commission chambers, 1565 1st St, Sarasota, FL 34236