Pinecraft Neighborhood Planning
Pinecraft is a historically Mennonite/Amish community in the suburban area of Sarasota County. Located just outside of the city of Sarasota. Most of Pinecraft are single family homes, with some commercial properties that line Bahia Vista Street.
The population grows in the winter months when seasonal or vacationing residents come down from the north.
Pinecraft is a pedestrian and bicycle oriented community divided by two four-lane arterial streets.
In 2004, the county completed a Neighborhood Plan for Pinecraft.
Resulting in the:
- Widening of sidewalks and the addition of decorative lighting along Bahia Vista Street.
- Installation of two mid-block pedestrian crosswalks on Bahia Vista Street.
- The addition of one crosswalk on Beneva Road.
- Improvements were also made to Pinecraft park.
In 2014, with the help of students from Goshen College, in Goshen Indiana the community produced the “Pinecraft Neighborhood Master Plan.” The plan consists of 25 “Proposals” categorized under “Safety and Transportation”, “Commercial Operations”, “Park Management” and “Setbacks and Zoning”. Each proposal identifies an issue or problem for the community, and proposes a solution.
To address a number proposals in the 2014 Neighborhood Plan, county staff is developing a Pinecraft Neighborhood Zoning Overlay District, to address the rental of bicycles on residential property, uses in commercial zoning districts, off street parking requirements, and development regulations in “Old Pinecraft.”
County staff is also responding to some of the 2014 neighborhood Plan proposals through a Mobility Plan that addresses pedestrian facilities, circulation, and safety, including the configuration and lighting of pedestrian crossings of Bahia Vista Street and Beneva Road.
Also planned is a pedestrian bridge over Phillippi Creek that will provide a connection to the the residential area to the north of the creek.