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Panel to wait for County comments on land development code

By Staff | Nov 10, 2010

At their monthly meeting on Tuesday, the Captiva Community Panel decided to submit the current draft of the Captiva land development code to Lee County Planning for staff comments and to review each segment of the code again before submitting a final draft.

“The Panel wants to go through items in the draft point by point because there were areas where people are raising concern with specific issues, such as height restrictions in the village,” said Panel Administrator Ken Gooderham.

Panel Planner Max Forgey attended the meeting and offered extensive feedback on the responses Captivans gave during the land development code survey conducted in September, but until Lee County returns the draft with the department’s comments, the Panel will not submit a final draft until at least next year.

According to Lee County Principal Planner Kathie Ebaugh who also attended the meeting, the Panel will hopefully receive County comments on the code in time for the Panel’s December meeting.

“We’re making progress, but the land development code continues to be a complicated process — but this is the way this process works,” said Gooderham. “Captiva is doing it in all the right ways and going above and beyond in terms of asking the community for input and surveying. But when you try to ask everybody for their opinion, you have to listen to it.”

During Tuesday’s meeting, the Panel’s nominating committee presented two new candidates to join the Panel in January — Susan Stuart and Paul McCarthy. The Panel approved of the new additions unanimously.

At the end of the meeting, Gooderham reminded attendees and Panel members that there will be a hearing for Aqua Utilities Florida, Inc. on Thursday, Nov. 18 about an application to increase water and wastewater rates. The public is welcome to attend and comment. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the School Board of Lee County Board Room at the Lee County Education Center, 2855 Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers.

For more information about the Panel and to view drafts of the land development code, survey results and Max Forgey’s analysis, go to www.CaptivaCommunityPanel.com.