Monday, July 30, 2007

Updates from the Bee Ridge Neighborhoods Committee

The Bee Ridge Neighborhoods Committee consists of representatives of the communities along Bee Ridge Rd. east of I-75 in Sarasota County.

The committee has updates on its site about two matters:

Improvements to Bee Ridge Road - thanks to property tax cuts, the construction will begin later, and take longer, than originally anticipated.

Palmer Place Housing Overlay - this is heading for final approval on August 29, 2007. The BRNC has several concerns about this new housing development:
  • Intensity – Palmer Place increases the area’s density by 60 percent while occupying less than 10 percent of the land.
    see BRNC Intensity Illustration (1mb) >>

  • Timing – Palmer Place gains a significant density increase without providing any affordable housing.

  • Integration – Palmer Place violates best practices by segregating the affordable villages from the market rate ones.

  • Subsidies – Palmer Place pricing scheme requires tens of millions of dollars in additional taxpayer subsidies.

  • Palmer Blvd. –Palmer Blvd. must be improved to county standards between Iona Rd. and Webber Rd. before Palmer Place is built.

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