Sarasota County has partnered with residents, businesses and organizations to develop housing policies that balance the economic, environmental and social needs of the community. The goal is a housing market that meets the needs of Sarasota County families and individuals across a wide spectrum of age and income.
Creating Affordable Housing Solutions
Staff is working on actions contributing to affordable housing:
Half Dwelling Units
Considering a zoning ordinance amendment that would regard smaller-sized units (those equal or less than 750 sqft) to count as a half of a dwelling unit.
Funding for Affordable Housing
Considering whether proceeds from the sale of escheated lots for purpose of the funding affordable housing projects.
Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (AHAC)
AHAC held their required public hearing to finalize and recommend the Local Housing Incentive Strategy on October 4, 2018. Sarasota County Commission reviewed and accepted the recommendations with modification on November 28, 2018.
Florida Housing Coalition (FHC) Action Plan
The FHC is drafting a summary of conditions and recommendations for affordable and workforce housing for Sarasota County and the City of Sarasota. FHC has been conducting interviews with local stakeholders. The report is being finalized.
Accessory Dwelling Units
Pursuant to Comp Plan Policy HOU 1.1.16, staff is researching and evaluating alternative zoning regulations as they relate to accessory dwelling units.