Sarasota County recognizes affordable housing as a priority in our community. 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 and research contributing to affordable housing, including but not limited to the following:

  • Developing affordable housing strategies for county owned parcels
  • 1st time homebuyer assistance programs
  • Community housing authorities
  • Unified Development Code (UDC) and Comprehensive Plan amendments related to inclusionary zoning
  • UDC amendment cycles
  • Community Development Districts

Recently Completed Actions Contributing to Affordable Housing

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)

Ordinance No. 2019-024 (adopted September 2019) allows ADUs in certain residential districts.

  • RSF – Residential, Single Family
  • RSF/PUD – Residential, Single-Family/Planned Unit Development (when adopted as part of a binding development concept plan)
  • RE – Residential, Estate

Half Dwelling Units

Ordinance No. 2019-004 (adopted March 2019) provides for half-dwelling unit density standards for multi-family development.

Parking Requirements

Ordinance No. 2017-069 (approved January 2018) reduces parking requirements for multi- and single-family developments.

Mobility Fee Rate Provisions

Ordinance No. 2018-011 (adopted April 2018) updates mobility fee rates for units less than 750 square feet.

Utility Fee Rates

Resolution No. 2018-163 (Utilities Water and Wastewater Equivalent Dwelling Units Table) (amended August 2018) creates a new residential, master-metered category for a single-family dwelling of less than 750 square feet being established at 0.5 EDU (equivalent dwelling unit).

Expedited Permitting Procedures

Resolution 2017-178 (approved October 2017) streamlines review processes for affordable housing.

Local Housing Assistance Plan

2017–2019 Local Housing Assistance Plan (amended January 2019) completed with assistance from the Affordable Housing Advisory Committee (AHAC).

Additional Information

See the Document Library below for the Situational Report developed by Sarasota County that includes background information, community input and research on possible solutions for affordable housing. Additionally, the Florida Housing Coalition (FHC) developed a report with background and recommendations for our community.

Additional Resources

Document Library