Zoning Text Amendments

Active Amendments

The following are active City of Sarasota Zoning Text Amendments.  For more details on the amendment including its current status see Active Zoning Text Amendments | City of Sarasota (sarasotafl.gov)Recently passed ZTA’s are also summarized.

Solar Utilities (24-ZTA-03)

The Zoning Text Amendment (ZTA) proposes to allow a Solar Utility as a permitted use in the Industrial General District (IGD) and Industrial Heavy District (IHD) zone districts and to adopt certain development standards for solar utilities.

Click here to view the ZTA application

Planning Board Public Hearing – tba

Commercial Corridors and Commercial Centers Attainable Housing (24-ZTA-02)

The Zoning Text Amendment (ZTA) proposes to create three (3) new Urban Mixed-Use zone districts to implement the adopted Urban Mixed-Use Future Land Use classification along commercial corridors and commercial centers. Utilizing existing design standards and New Urbanism principles, the ZTA proposes to create regulations for these new Urban Mixed-Use zone districts to incentivize private development of on-site attainable housing and encourage compatible, mixed-use development.

Click here to view the proposed ZTA.

Click here to view the January 8, 2024 City Commission Workshop Presentation.

City Commission Workshop: January 8, 2024, 9:00 a.m. Item I.2

Planning Board Public Hearing: January 24, 2024.

  • On Wednesday, January 24, 2024, the Planning Board voted to recommend approval to the City Commission of 24-ZTA-02 with modifications.

City Commission: 1st Reading Public Hearing:  March 4, 2024, Item X.1

  • Passed on Vote 3-2

City Commission: 2nd Reading Public Hearing:  April 1, 2024

Housing Authority Overlay District (24-ZTA-01)

This city-initiated petition proposes to expand the Housing Authority Overlay District by adding 1442 22nd Street (PID 2024-06-0047) into the district, increase maximum residential density from 25 dwelling units per acre to 50 dwelling units per acre for property designated as Multiple Family – High Density on the Future Land Use Map, and increase maximum building height from 35 feet to 45 feet.

Click here to view the ZTA application

Planning Board Public Hearing: February 1, 2024, 1:30 p.m. Item IV B. 4.

  • On Thursday, February 1, 2024, the Planning Board voted to recommend approval to the City Commission of 24-ZTA-01 with modifications.

Restaurants, Bars and Nightclubs  ZTA (23-ZTA-04)

The Zoning Text Amendment proposes to modify definitions for the terms “Bar,” “Outdoor Bar,” and “Nightclub”; add a definition for the term “Bottle Club”; update primary use tables; apply additional standards for outdoor seating and other outdoor areas of establishments; update the separation requirements among bars, outdoor bars, nightclubs, and alcoholic beverage stores; expand the downtown exemption area map to include other redeveloping commercial areas of the downtown; and modify permitting process for outdoor bars that are accessory to restaurants, hotels/motels, and private clubs. 

Click here to view the proposed ZTA.

September 9, 2023 CCNA Presentation

Planning Board Public Hearing: September 21, 2023, 1:00 p.m. Item IV B. 1.

  • On Wednesday September 21, 2023 the Planning Board voted to recommend approval of 23-ZTA-04 to the City Commission.

City Commission Public Hearing: November 6, 2023, 9:00 a.m. Items X.2 and X.3

  • On Monday November 6, 2023 the City Commission voted to schedule a Commission Workshop for December 5, 2023 for this item and to continue the public hearing.

City Commission Workshop: December 5, 2023, 9:00 a.m. Item I.1

City Commission Public Hearing: January 16, 2024, 9:00 a.m. Items X.2 and X.3

Traffic Concurrency Methodology (22-ZTA-09) – ON HOLD


Staff directed to update the traffic concurrency methodology for the City. Include procedures for rezoning applications with and without site plans. Update policies for clarification.

Recently Completed Zoning Text Amendments

  • Restaurants, Bars and Nightclubs  ZTA (23-ZTA-04) 

  • Attainable Housing Density Bonus for Downtown Zone Districts (23-ZTA-03)

  • Historic Preservation Board and Public Art Committee Membership ZTA (23-ZTA-02)
  • Zoning Text Amendment (ZTA) Batch 2023 (23-ZTA-01) 
  • Alcohol Production Terminology (22-ZTA-08)
  • Missing Middle Overlay District (22-ZTA-07)
  • Zoning Text Amendment (ZTA) Batch 2022 (22-ZTA-06)
  • Primary Grid Streets (22-ZTA-02) 


Meaningful Neighborhood Input

CCNA’s Meaningful Neighborhood Input committee will continue to work with the Planning staff to identify things we collectively can do to improve the public input process, particularly as they apply to any upcoming Zoning Text Amendments.  

City Web Site:  The City has added a web page to track the background and the progress of this extensive set of changes associated with this Comp Plan Amendment.  Click Here

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