Bee Ridge Corridor Transformation Study - Sarasota, Florida
Proposed street improvements for bus rapid transit (BRT) line on Bee Ridge Road
In 2007 Sarasota County adopted a "floating form-based code" that provides a very coherent set of development standards for building walkable neighborhoods, districts and corridors. This code may be selected by developers as an alternative to the existing conventional zoning and its auto-oriented suburban development standards, offering higher development intensities, a more transit-oriented development pattern, and generally higher property values.
To demonstrate the potential value of applying such standards to an existing, underperforming commercial strip, the County retained Moule & Polyzoides to prepare a conceptual design and a series of photo-transformations to help County officials and the public to visualize the power of a coordinated series of public and private improvements to transform a place. The Bee Ridge Corridor - a potential bus rapid transit (BRT) line -was selected as the case study location, and David Sargent led a small team - including Hall Planning and Engineering and Urban Advantage - in working with County staff to analyze the corridor and prepare a conceptual design. The presentation was very well received by the County Commission, and larger scale applications of that development code are underway.