Resource Management Area (RMA)
There are six RMAs that overlay on top of all County lands outside the municipal jurisdictions:
- Agricultural Reserve
- Rural Heritage / Estate
- Village / Open Space
- Economic Development
- Urban / Suburban
All six of these RMAs have some applicability east of the Urban Service Boundary (USB) as depicted on the Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Map (FLUM), and four of them are applied exclusively to those lands east of the USB. The three main principles being applied by the RMA system east of the USB include:
Open Space: Implements an inter-connected system that conserves natural habitats and preserves agricultural/ranch lands.
New Urbanism: Implements a form-based type of development that is compact, walkable, inter-connected, with a variety of housing types and mix of uses.
Fiscal Neutrality: Implements development that does not add financial burden to existing residents.
Sarasota 2050 Development Forms Outside the USB
Sarasota 2050 RMA Policy primarily limits development to 3 forms; a Settlement Area, Village, or Hamlet. Each form of development is limited to those land areas designated on the RMA-1 and RMA-3 maps that are a part of Sarasota County’s Comprehensive Plan. The Settlement Area and Village urban forms are essentially the same except for their respective geographical locations. Settlement Areas are limited to those lands between the existing USB and the Future USB lines on the FLUM. Villages are limited to those lands between the existing USB and the ‘countryside line’ depicted on RMA-3. Hamlets are a transitional form of development intended to blend toward the more rural eastern area of the county.