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Info session set on Proposed Bimini Basin zoning district regs

By Staff | Jul 8, 2016

Members of the Cape Coral Planning Division staff will be available on Monday to answer questions and address concerns about the proposed Bimini Basin Zoning District.

An informal open house meeting is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Chester Street Resource Center, 4816 Chester Street.

“This is purely an informational meeting,” said city planner Mike Struve. “We want to make people aware of the new zoning district that is being created and implemented in the Bimini Basin area. We will show the geographic boundaries where people can find out if their property is inside or outside the boundaries and how the zoning affects their property.”

Planners at this meeting are addressing the proposed uses, requirements, parking, architectural and landscaping rules associated with the new zoning. No elements of the Bimini Basin Project, which has been discussed at several public workshops, are part of Monday’s meeting.

“It is basic information, but we want to listen to what people have to say and what they think about the rules,” said Struve. “We encourage anyone with interest in the area to come to the meeting. There will be no formal presentation, so people can just drop in any time and ask questions of the planning staff.”

The Bimini Basin Zoning District is scheduled to be presented at a special meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission at 9 a.m. on July 13 in the Public Works Annex, 815 Nicholas Parkway. That meeting is open to the public.

“Nothing is set in stone and I don’t anticipate changes to the boundaries,” said Struve. “The rules and regulations are more flexible, so we can do some tweaking which is fairly commonplace when a city rolls out a new zoning district.”

While this meeting is similar to previous informational meetings, the zoning proposal with any changes made will be taken to the City Council for a more formal process. It will be discussed at a special meeting with the South Cape Community Redevelopment Commission board, which is comprised of council members, on July 18.

The first public hearing on the zoning district before City Council is slated for July 25 followed in two weeks by the final public hearing on Aug. 8.

“We’ll also have to change the Land Use Regulations to be compatible with the Bimini Zoning District,” said Struve. “City Council will have to adopt those Land Use changes as well.

“Existing development in the district will be able to continue uninterrupted indefinitely,” he said. “Single family and duplex uses are not allowed in the new district.”

He added that any residence or duplex that becomes abandoned for a period of 12 months or longer would then be in jeopardy of remaining.

“I am not aware of any plans to use eminent domain in that area,” said Struve.