The Sarasota Consortium Affordable Housing Advisory Committee has voted on the Local Affordable Housing Incentive Strategy recommendations to address affordable housing needs throughout Sarasota County.

At its final meeting of the year on Monday, Aug. 23, the committee reviewed the 12 required topics and made its recommendations on items related to funding, design and development of affordable housing projects. These include modifying impact fee requirements for affordable housing projects; allowing flexibility in densities for affordable housing; allowing affordable accessory residential units; reducing parking and setback requirements for affordable housing; supporting development near transportation hubs and major employment centers; and preparing a printed inventory of locally owned public lands suitable for affordable housing.

The committee’s recommendations will be presented to the City of Sarasota Commission and the Sarasota County Board of County Commissioners later this fall for selection and adoption. The Sarasota Consortium Affordable Housing Advisory Committee consists of elected officials from the City of Sarasota and Sarasota County, various individuals representing stakeholder groups such as the building industry, banking, real estate, affordable housing providers and community advocates.