February 9, ,2017   SARASOTA, Fla. – The Downtown Sarasota Condominium Association, led by President Patrick Gannon, has succeeded in urging the City of Sarasota to send email notifications about development applications submitted to the city for review.

The policy change makes the development process more accessible to community members who can now subscribe to receive emails from the Office of the City Auditor and Clerk alerting them about two aspects of the development approval process – Notice of Filing for new development applications and Notice of Decisions for administratively reviewed applications.

Gannon emailed the City Auditor and Clerk Pamela Nadalini and Development Review Coordinator Lori Rivers on Feb. 6 requesting their office “include an email notification for Land Development applications and staff decisions.”

Gannon stated, “We feel this added electronic notification would help to improve the current situation where citizens feel they are left out of the process; especially for land development projects filed under Administrative Review.”

The city currently mails development notifications to property owners within 500 feet of a potential development as required by the city’s zoning code. The new email notification system will take the communication process a step further, helping Downtown Sarasota Condominium Association members and all community stakeholders become more informed about development in the City of Sarasota.

To subscribe to the city’s Notice of Filing and Notice of Decisions email notifications, please visit http://www.egovlink.com/sarasota/subscriptions/subscribe.asp and select “Development Application Notices” from the list on the page.