CITY OF SARASOTA TRAFFIC STUDIES:
VIRTUAL REALITY, QUESTIONABLE METRICS AND GRIDLOCK
(A layman’s guide.)
Traffic Studies are what you make them. Different cities have different requirements. Some cities don’t require traffic studies at all for new development. The City of Sarasota has very specific requirements for its traffic studies and those requirements
are actually a part of the Zoning Code (Appendix A—“Concurrency Calculation Methodology.”) Those same requirements are conveyed in the RFP (Request for Proposal) the City submits to traffic engineering firms whenever a study is necessary. It is the developer who is responsible for the cost of the study.
THE CITY OF SARASOTA'S PUBLIC PROCESS VS. PURE ADMINISTRATIVE APPROVAL 101
Understanding the Development application approval process in the City of Sarasota is daunting. This document attempts to highlight the value of keeping the public involved in the process to create an engaged community. The Public Process fosters productive conversation between City staff, neighbors, businesses, and developers resulting in an informed community and development with City-wide support and intent. The Purely Administrative Approval process on large or impactful projects excludes the very public they often hope to serve.
It is a counter-intuitive process which creates suspicions and can polarize a community.
This presentation was developed by Mike Lasché, member of the STOP! Steering Committee. Although the City of Sarasota says it wants to be pedestrian-friendly, pedestrians are actually being neglected in the current City of Sarasota Zoning Code. This document shows images of areas where the City is failing to provide adequate sidewalks, as well as new standards we could adopt to make walking and walkability viable in the City. It also includes photos showing this is not a new idea for Sarasota, as there are already certain areas on Main, Palm and Lemon which embody these principals. The standards that are recommended are from “Designing Walkable Urban Thoroughfares: A Context-Sensitive Approach, 2010, jointly authored by The Congress for the New Urbanism and the Institute of Transportation Engineers.