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County planners approve building height amendment

By Staff | Jun 9, 2011

At their hearing held on May 23, the Lee County Local Planning Agency approved the Lee Plan amendment seeking to alter how building heights are regulated on Captiva.

The current height restrictions on Captiva, which were enacted in the 1990s, capped building heights at 42 feet above mean sea level or 35 feet above the average grade of the lot.

The proposed language allows island property owners the least restrictive of the following options:

• 35 feet above the average grade of the lot or 42 feet above mean sea level to the peak of the roof.

• 28 feet above the lowest horizontal member at or below the lawful base flood elevation, measured to the mean level of the roof.

This amendment will next be heard by the Lee County Commission at a public hearing on Monday, June 13. Commissioners will determine whether it will be transmitted to the state for review and final approval.

In June 2009, the CCP began investigating its options on building height restrictions as part of its planned update of the Lee County Land Development Code. The idea was to match the Lee Plan, which has the same legal status as the county’s build-back policy to help avoid administrative conflict in the event of a structure-damaging storm.

Also at next week’s hearing, commissioners will decide whether a number of parcels — including two lots on Buck Key controlled by the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation — will be designated as conservation lands on the Future Land Use Map.

As a reminder, the Captiva Community Panel will hold its next monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 14 beginning at 9 a.m. in the Wakefield Room at ‘Tween Waters

Inn.

Among the items to be discussed:

• An update on the Lee Plan amendment on Captiva building heights.

• A discussion on protection of island ecological systems.

• A CEPD update.

• A hurricane preparedness update.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend. If you have any questions, contact panel administrator Ken Gooderham via e-mail at kengooderham@gmail.com‘>kengooderham@gmail.com.

Also, the next meeting of the Captiva Erosion Prevention District will be Wednesday, June 15 beginning at noon in the Wakefield Room at ‘Tween Waters Inn.

Among items to be discussed, the CEPD board will consider appointing someone to complete the term of commissioner Rene Miville, who resigned the post following 16 years of service last month.

For additional information, visit www.mycepd.com‘>www.mycepd.com or contact Kathy Rooker, senior administrative consultant, at 472-2472.