Benderson Land Use Change Application & Site Plan Amendments. Two Proposed Projects Reviewed

February 16, 2019 – BENDERSON APPLICATION STATUS AND TIMELINE
Project #1 (detailed below) Per Sarasota County’s Planning Department on Aug 31st, “No (petition) submittal yet”.

Project #2 (detailed below) In May 2018, the two parcels were sold to 2800 UP, LLC, a Benderson related corporation.  Per Sarasota County’s Planning Department “No (petition) submittal yet”.

MARCH 8, 2018 – BENDERSON APPLICATION STATUS AND TIMELINE
At the March 1st workshop Benderson indicated they would hold another resident workshop in 2-3 weeks to review changes to the two projects’ site plans based on attendee input.  Awaiting notice of the 2nd workshop.  An e-blast will be sent to DeSoto Acres Residents upon receipt of the notice.

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Workshop: March 1st Summary
The March 1st meeting was well attended by Desoto Areas residents. All had come to voice their concerns and ultimate disapproval of the plan to change a residential lot on 61t street to OPI. The 2 lots facing University Parkway as planned, are in keeping with the OPI zoning.  Resident concerns centered on our complete disapproval of turning the 61 street lot zoning to OPI, the inevitable increase of business traffic into our residential neighborhood, and the proposed ingress/egress as planned is unacceptable as it empties directly across from an Acres home driveway. We clearly stated we would wish to be involved with the lighting and landscaping of the 2 University Parkway lots. Truth: the 2 wooded, undeveloped lots on University Parkway and Shade can be built out as office space. Unfortunately, our argument that there is no need for office space at this time and there is greater need for county green space, of which our unique zoning offers protection to the ever shrinking animal habitat, fell on very deaf ears.
Regarding the Tuttle lot, what they have planned is clearly within the OPI zoning.  HOWEVER,  residents voiced legitimate concern the planned ingress/egress slated for Tuttle Ave will not work with our current traffic snarls and gridlock. Residents asked Benderson to NOT plan on using Tuttle Av for ingress/egress at all, but rather connect with the frontage road or lobby for their own University Parkway connection.  We do not want the proposed independent ATM on the property and we wish to be involved with the border wall, landscaping and lighting of the proposed project.

Two (2) projects were presented by Benderson Development.

PROJECT #1 – SE and SW Corner of University Parkway and Shade Avenue PLUS One Parcel on Residential Zoned Property

All had come to voice their concerns and ultimate disapproval of the proposed change a residential lot on 61st street to Light Office Planned Development (OPI/PD), one of the three parcels for Project 1. Two (2) of the three project lots facing University Parkway, as proposed, are in keeping with the current OPI/PD zoning. Benderson is proposing an amendment to the binding-site plan for the two parcels adjacent to University Parkway and a land-use change to Light Office for the south residential parcel (See note at bottom regarding the History of the University Parkway Corridor Planning and OPI/PD).
Click on this link for the workshop notice including the parcel map and more information

Residents’ concerns centered on our complete disapproval of turning the 61st Street lot zoning to OPI/PD.  DeSoto Acres is a residential area, not for commercial buildings, parking or retention ponds.  The inevitable increase of business traffic into our residential neighborhood, and the proposed ingress/egress as planned is unacceptable as it empties directly across from an Acres home driveway. We clearly stated we would wish to be involved with the lighting and landscaping of the two (2) University Parkway lots.

Truth: The two (2) wooded, undeveloped lots adjacent to University Parkway and Shade can be built out as office space. Unfortunately, residents’ arguments that there is greater need for county green space, of which our unique zoning offers protection to the ever shrinking animal habitat, fell on very deaf ears.

Truth: The residents attending the workshop and emailing to the DeSoto Acres Association, strongly opposed any rezone of the third residential parcel.  Again DeSoto Acres is a residential area and not for commercial development.

PROJECT #2 – SE Corner of University Parkway and Tuttle Avenue – current zoning is OPI/PD

Regarding the Tuttle lot, what Benderson has proposed is clearly within the OPI/PD zoning.  The application is for an amendment to the current binding-site plan on file with the County.  HOWEVER,  residents voiced legitimate concern about the planned ingress/egress slated for Tuttle Avenue.  Any ingress / egress will not work as our current traffic snarls and gridlocks all along Tuttle from University Parkway to DeSoto Rd especially between the morning and afternoon rush hour times.  Residents asked Benderson to NOT plan on using Tuttle Avenue for ingress/egress at all, but rather connect with the required on-site frontage road (part of the binding-site plan) or lobby for their own University Parkway connection.

Further, it was noted the site plan set-backs do not comply with the University Parkway Corridor West Ordinance 096-076.  Residents do not want the proposed independent ATM on the property.  It was clearly voiced to Benderson, residents want to be involved with the site planning for the border wall, set-backs, landscape buffering, lighting, trash receptacle placement, etc. of the proposed project.  All to be included in the binding-site plan.
Click on this link for the workshop notice including the parcel map and more information