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Workshop on height, code coming next week

By Staff | Apr 21, 2011

The Captiva Community Panel will conduct a community meeting on Tuesday, April 26 starting at 9 a.m. in the Auger Room in Chadwicks Square at South Seas Island Resort. The workshop on building height and proposed Land Development Code changes is expected to conclude by noon.

All Captiva residents are invited to learn about and discuss proposed changes to the island’s building height regulations in the Lee Plan and proposed Land Development Code changes affecting land use and building on the island.

Several members of the Lee County staff will be in attendance to discuss changes and answer questions. They include Bob Stewart, Building Official; Nettie Richardson, Principal Planner for the LDC revisions; Kathie Ebaugh, Principal Planner & Community Panel Liaison; and Matt Noble, Principal Planner.

During last week’s Captiva Community Panel meeting, the results of a survey related to proposed changes to building restrictions in the Land Development Code were announced, with a large majority — 59 percent — indicating their support for an islandwide standard.

A total of 330 surveys were mailed to all residents of the village, with only 10 returned to the panel as undeliverable. A total of 139 surveys were returned before the April 1 deadline, with 82 respondents in favor of the islandwide standard and 57 surveys supporting the current building standards in the village.

During the April 12 CCP meeting, Noble requested that the panel conduct a special meeting to discuss how changing the height restriction standards in the village would impact property owners, answer and questions residents and panel members might have and provide additional education.

“I’d view this as kind of the last hurdle,” said Noble.

After some debate, with objections raised by Mike Mullins and Rene Miville, the panel voted 7-1 — with Mullins dissenting — in favor of holding a special meeting on April 26.

“This is your final opportunity to have questions answered and get the facts in a public on-island meeting,” said Ken Gooderham.

If you are unable to attend or have a very specific issue that will need preparation to answer, questions can be asked in advance by sending them via e-mail to kengooderham@gmail.com. They will be forwarded to the appropriate person.

On Tuesday, May 10, the Captiva Community Panel will meet at ‘Tween Waters Inn for their monthly session starting at 9 a.m. Expected topics for discussion include the Captiva Land Development Code, water quality follow-up and hurricane preparedness.

That same day, a hurricane preparedness seminar will take place in the Auger Room at Chadwicks Square beginning at 2:30 p.m. New information will be provided on surge and wind forecasting as well as concerns from county officials.

On Wednesday, May 11, the Captiva Erosion Prevention District will meets at ‘Tween Waters Inn at noon. Lee County Commissioner John Manning is scheduled to attend.