Public hearing set on Sanibel Passage development
The Lee County Hearing Examiner will conduct a public hearing on Aug. 5 at 9 a.m. on the Sanibel Passage development — a proposed 16-story, 50-unit condominium on the north side of McGregor Boulevard adjacent to the Sanibel Causeway, the Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation reported.
The hearing will be held as part of the applicant’s request for a deviation to the Lee County Land Development Code regarding the number of entrances-exits required for a development of its size. The county has recommended approval of the deviation with some conditions, according to the SCCF.
County zoning laws require that the public provide testimony during the Hearing Examiner review process if they wish to speak to the Lee County Commission during the final zoning hearing. For more information, visit http://www.sccf.org/downloadable-files/60f86e4da27fbbfc232d6d7b.pdf.
The SCCF reported that it will have staff at the hearing to oppose any additional impacts to mangrove wetlands to accommodate the development. It supports responsible development, but does not support wetland impacts, especially in a coastal high-hazard zone, or changes to public safety regulations to accommodate development other than what is currently allowed under the Land Development Code.
As part of the development process, there are three agency reviews that must be completed before construction of the development begins. In addition to the county zoning process, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is currently reviewing a request to hold a public hearing to gather input on its impact on wetlands, and the South Florida Water Management District is awaiting a response from the applicant on a second request for information before any final permits are approved.