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Captiva Plan, wastewater, Captiva Drive still under discussion

By Staff | Jul 19, 2017

The final touches to the Captiva Plan are underway. According to David Mintz, vice president of the Captiva Community Panel, the panel is finishing the plan which started in 2014.

“The plan still has to go through the LPA (Local Planning Agency) process, then it gets sent up to the state the county commissioners for their approval,” Mintz said.

For the Captiva Community Plan, the panel added back in the land use regulations language which includes preserving the shoreline and its natural habitats, enhancing water quality, encouraging the use of native vegetation, maintaining the mangrove fringe, limiting noise, light, water and air pollution and enforcing the standards that maintain one and two story building heights and the historic low-density development pattern of Captiva.

On Policy 13.1.1, the panel put back in the language which says the plan will protect mangroves to the greatest extent possible. On 13.1.2, which concerns Blind Pass, maintains it to remain an open Blind Pass.

“The county didn’t have any objection to that,” Mintz said.

Policy 13.1.5 discusses the quality of adjacent waters and adds back in the language that includes a feasibility analysis of alternative wastewater collection and treatment systems that serves the Captiva community for a planning period of 30 years, including a central sewer system based upon current land use regulations.

“We were able to get in the language of the central sewer system in if we go that route. It will be based upon our current language,” Mintz said.

Policy 13.2.3 discusses building heights which will maintain Captiva’s current building height requirements.

Under Policy 13.2.4, it will “Limit development to that which is in keeping with the historic development pattern on Captiva including the designation of historic resources and the rehabilitation or reconstruction of historic structures. the historic development pattern on Captiva is comprised of low-density residential dwelling units, as defined in Chapter 10 of the Land Development Code, and minor commercial development.” The panel added back in the language that will limit development and they addressed dwelling units as well.

Policy 13.2.5 will preserve the current lot size per unit.

“We’re basically maintaing the current lot size on Captiva. This will maintain the current density,” Mintz said.

Policy 13.2.6 addresses variances and deviations. Under this ordinance it says that “Variances and/or deviations from the current development standards will not be permitted unless they meet all of the specific requirements for variances and deviations set forth in the Land Development Code.

“It allows people to go through the deviations and variances process, it’s not going to increase density or the number of units per acre. It gives (residents) flexibility if they don’t have enough set back room or something like that,” Mintz said.

To view the plan in its entirety, go to captivacommunitypanel.com.

Once the Captiva Plan is finalized, the panel will begin to work on the Land Development Code. Some of those changes will include meeting requirements, deviations and variances, tree requirements and height requirements.

As far as waste water treatment goes, it is still being discussed by the county and the company who did the waste water studies.

“It should be done within the next couple weeks. The company will then meet with the panel to discuss the parameters of the study, what our concerns are and how they should approach it,” Mintz said.

When Captiva Drive was brought up, Mintz said that the survey is still being completed.

The next panel meeting will be Aug. 8 in the Cone Room at South Seas Island Resort at 9 a.m.