Currently, Sarasota’s zoning code prevents formal input and feedback from the public (or our elected officials) on large-scale development in the downtown. This absurdity is called Administrative Approval.
STOP! is working to end Administrative Approval for large projects downtown and for a return to a Planning Board and City Commission review and approval process. This provides opportunities for the public to submit materials, speak out and become involved in how our city grows. STOP! is also opposed to any reduction in public hearings outside the downtown, as currently proposed in the Form-Based Code now under consideration.