SARASOTA —  Sarasota County commissioners unanimously approved a rezone petition and critical area plan for the proposed North River Marketplace.

That next step is for the  Florida Department of Economic Opportunity for review by state agencies before final approval.

The 192 acre property is at the southeast corner of the intersection of North River Road and East Venice Avenue.

Proposed plans include 285 residential multi-family dwelling units and 110,000 square feet of commercial space,.

The purpose of the critical area plan was to designate the entire 192-acre parcel as a Village II Commercial Center.