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Input sought for New Horizon 2035

By Staff | Sep 30, 2010

Through a second series of public meetings, Lee County planners are looking for input about how local communities in unincorporated Lee will develop and change through the year 2035.
The Lee Plan, the county’s blueprint for growth and development in unincorporated Lee County, is being updated through a visioning effort called New Horizon 2035. With input that began in March, county planners are envisioning traditional but sustainable development strategies that will, among other goals:
— Better define urban, suburban, and rural areas
— Encourage the redevelopment of vacant strip plazas into mixed-use centers
— Promote walkability, bikeability, and transit options in order to reduce congestion
— Foster a variety of park and public space resources
— Advance a high quality of life for visitors, residents, and business people.
Meetings to obtain citizen input have been scheduled through November and throughout unincorporated Lee County.
During the meetings, Lee County’s Planning Division will discuss planning strategies proposed to update the Lee Plan. The framework for this update aims to promote livability, strengthen connections, emphasize community character, and encourage sustainability among local communities.
This second series of workshops will present the proposed strategies to citizens, business owners, and policy officials to ensure that the process so far has captured the comments made early in the process. Several of these meetings are being sponsored by neighborhood groups or other organizations during their regular meetings.
Groups interested in having an update presentation about New Horizon 2035 at any time may contact the Planning Division, (239) 533-8583.
For details about New Horizon 2035, please visit: www.leegov.com/dcd/ear2011 .