The Story of Pinecraft

APA Florida Chapter, Suncoast Section


Friday, October 14, 2016
10 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. EDT

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Pinecraft, located in the urban Sarasota area, has been a vacation destination for Amish and Mennonite for more than 70 years. In this unique historic community, these qualities are not just characteristics of the Amish and Mennonite residents – they also have a major impact on community safety, circulation, zoning and development. Hear the neighborhood’s “coming of age” story, and learn about the unique regulatory challenges involved in recognizing and preserving Pinecraft’s traditions.


Planning-related educational objective:

Attendees will learn how Sarasota County Government partnered with the Pinecraft neighborhood (established in the 1920’s) and a university to create a neighborhood plan that resulted in a Heritage Conservation District (Zoning overlay district) and a Neighborhood Mobility Plan (pedestrian and bicycle safety plan) to address the uses and practices unique to a neighborhood known as an Amish and Mennonite vacation destination. As well as the seasonal and cultural qualities led to special approaches to public participation for the neighborhood plan.


Steve Kirk

Invited Speaker

Steve Kirk, AICP, ASLA, Planner – Steve is a planner and landscape architect with Sarasota County with more than 30 years’ experience in a wide range of planning and design practice in Florida in both the public and private sectors. Much of his career has focused on urban design and small ... Read More

Tom Polk

Invited Speaker

Tom Polk, Impact Fee Administrator, is the former Director of Planning and Development Services for Sarasota County and has worked with the County for 27 years in different capacities with Planning Services and Public Works Departments. His wide ranging experience includes work with Rezone Petitions, Special Exception Petitions, Comprehensive Planning ... Read More