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 Planning Services


​Planning Services provides unincorporated Sarasota County with land use services in collaboration with businesses, residents and neighboring jurisdictions to build a sustainable, prosperous community that distinguishes Sarasota County.

This inclusive approach supports and facilitates growth as outlined in the Sarasota County Comprehensive Plan.


 What We Do


Implementation (Current) Planning
The Planning Implementation section (Current Planning) is responsible for the strategic review and processing of Rezoning Petitions, Special Exceptions, developments of Regional Impact (DRI), developments of Critical Concern (DOCC) and the review of Small Area Comprehensive Plan Amendments when associated with a Rezoning Petition.


 Long Range Planning

The long range planning team acts as a catalyst and partner for strategic planning to improve the natural, social, economic and building environment of Sarasota County and the region.
  • Act in partnership with other entities
  • Other comprehensive planning related issues are reviewed and analyzed to ensure a sustainable vision 

 Comprensive Planning


What is a Comprehensive Plan?
The Sarasota County Comprehensive Plan is an official public document adopted by the County Commission to guide decision making related to the development of the county. 

The contents of the plan are all-inclusive, general and long range.


 Planning Consultants & Attorneys

 Planning Consultants & Attorneys

Notice: The above list is provided for information purposes only.  Sarasota County does not endorse any company listed.


 Planning Spotlight

Housing Affordability Major Initiative
Murals Ordinance
Street Vendors Ordinance
Hobby Breeders (Animal Control Ordinance)
Sarasota 2050
Transfer of Development Rights (TDRs)
Energy Economic Zone
Pinecraft Community
Fruitville Initiative
Site and Development Projects
Land Use Petitions Map Search
Backyard Chicken Ordinance

 How May We Help You?

If you have questions related to Planning, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000
  • Leave your name,
  • phone number and/or email,
  • the property address/parcel identification number and
  • a specific question.

Or, email us at

Office Hours and Location
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

1660 Ringling Blvd., 1st Floor
Sarasota, FL 34236

Matt Osterhoudt
Phone: 941-861-5140


Sarasota County, Florida
TTY: 7-1-1
or 1-800-955-8771
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