At a recent planning board meeting the topic was a request by a property owner to change the zoning of their property from RSF-1 to RSF-2. Their property is in a long (several blocks) section of RSF-1 zoning. The purpose of the request was to allow the owner to split the lot into two lots.
After all the arguments were made, two discussion views were apparent by the planning board members.
Shawn Fulker (a developer) indicated his view was to enable "the biggest and best use" of a piece of property.
Shannon Snyder and Bob Lindsay indicated that changing zoning for the purpose of building more in an established neighborhood was not the intention of the zoning ordinances and would set a precedent that could cause major changes in Sarasota.
In response to Fulker’s view, Shannon Snyder responded, "This city needs more than highest and best use, and somehow it's lost track of that."
Snyder’s response represents a view of many that live in Sarasota. Quality of life is not improved by building the biggest structure on every piece of property possible.