Proposed subdivision threatens rural Sarasota neighborhood to triple in density


SARASOTA- They pride themselves on preserving rural Sarasota County heritage. But neighbors fear that might change, when a developer steps in to triple the density of a nearby property.

Residents of Palmer Farms might live on a dead end road, but neighbors like Rebecca Wolf, refuse to let their argument against a developer become one.

“..take the property that is adjacent to my home and triple the density through what they’re calling a ‘conservation subdivison’,” Wolf said.

The developer is working to rezone property off Boleyn Road, from holding 25 homes to 70.

Kris Bales, a Palmer Farms resident said, “Squeezing in 70 homes on a 50–acre parcel does not conform to the rest of the neighborhood.”

Wolf said the area is notorious for flooding.

Neighbors are also concerned about the safety of their children walking to their bus stop every day. More than 70 new homes means more than 700 more stops at the intersection of Bolelyn Road and Debrecen Road, according to the Institute of Traffic Calculations.

Neighbors bonded together to form the Palmer East Group to remind county commissioners why they love where they live.

“This is a neighborhood that under the comprehensive plan, was meant to be preserved and protected. This is a very special part of Sarasota County’s heritage,” Bales said.

Neighbors fear to lose their property values and whispering willows.

Bales said,”We hope commissioners will listen to the residents, who are passionate about their neighborhood because this affects a whole group of people in the Palmer East area.”

The Palmer East group will present their case at a Sarasota County commission meeting October 24th at 9 a.m.

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