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County seeks input on Captiva’s future growth

By Staff | Apr 27, 2010

What issues do you believe are most important to growth of the Captiva and North Captiva areas?

Seven years ago, when Lee County updated its comprehensive plan, residents were concerned about maintaining a high-quality balance between the barrier island system and modern life on Captiva, Upper Captiva, Cayo Costa, Useppa and Buck Key and Cabbage Key. Does the Lee Plan adequately address the issues that are important today along this fragile island system? How do you envision the future of the Captiva area and all of unincorporated Lee County?

If you have answers to those questions, or questions of your own, Lee County wants to hear from you.

Bring your ideas, concerns and questions about our community’s future to a public visioning workshop on Thursday, May 13 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Captiva Memorial Library, located at 11550 Chapin Lane.

Lee County is updating its Comprehensive Plan – the Lee Plan – to refine and then implement the community’s vision of what Lee County should and will look like through the 2035. We call it Lee County New Horizon 2035. Your contribution will help create this vision for the future.

One of the goals of the process is to help define the county’s emerging urban areas and its various rural communities. The result is intended to help create sustainable, self-sufficient communities.

“We are holding workshops throughout Lee County to encourage public participation in the process,” said Paul O’Connor, Director of the Lee County Division of Planning. “The EAR offers an ideal time for residents to speak up about their ideas and concerns regarding growth and development in unincorporated Lee County.”

This update to the Lee Plan will coincide with the Evaluation and Appraisal Report (EAR) process, which is required by the state every seven years.

“The goal of this process is to improve the Lee Plan through additional research and policy changes to make sure that plan will produce the anticipated results and address relevant issues,” O’Connor added. “This assessment occurs only once every seven years, so please don’t miss this important opportunity to participate in one or more of the workshops.”