Action Alert 1/13/2023: We are asking our supporters to help us protect the Venice Audubon Rookery during the construction and after the completion of a nearby development project. We hope that this project will include steps to care for the environment and be part of our bird-friendly community where birds thrive and people prosper. Please act soon to help us speak up for birds.
Date: Wednesday, January 18, 2023
Time: 9:00 am
Place: Commission Chamber – Sarasota County Anderson Administration Center, 4000 S. Tamiami Trail, Venice, FL, next to the Rookery Park
A mixed use five-story development (apartments and commercial) is planned on an 8-acre parcel of land near the Venice Audubon Rookery Park. The project site is currently zoned to allow 13 units per acre and the proposed change would allow 25 units per acre. Because apartment development is already clearly allowed on this site in the Sarasota County Land Use Plan and under the current zoning, Venice Audubon is not in a position to recommend opposition to the project per se. Audubon Florida’s Director of Advocacy and the VAAS Chapter President met with the developers and project planners recently to discuss our concerns and suggestions.
A hearing for the requested land use change is scheduled before the Board of County Commissioners on Wednesday, January 18, 2023. The County posted the agenda and materials and the hearing is #50 on the agenda. The “materials” document is very large and there are links to some of the documents below.
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Thank you. Your support will help protect the Venice Audubon Rookery for future generations.
DOCUMENTS: Links to documents related to CEM Development Apartments Project (2651 Jacaranda Blvd., Venice FL 34293):
Sarasota Board of County Commissioners - Agenda 1-18-23: Sarasota Bd Cty Comm Agenda 1-18-23.pdf
CEM Development Petition Summary and Land Use Petition Staff Report: CEM Dev Pet Summary and Staff Report.pdf
Sarasota County Board of County Commissioners Rules of Procedure: BCC Rules of Procedure Ex.pdf