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- Lee County Earns Planning Award July 19, 2016
The Lee County Environmental Enhancement & Preservation Overlay, prepared by the Lee County Department of Community Development and incorporated into the Lee County comprehensive plan by the Board of County Commissioners, has been selected for an Award of Merit by the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association.
The Environmental Enhancement & Preservation Overlay is an innovative strategy that balances development within the Density Reduction/Groundwater Resource (DR/GR) area of southeast Lee County with the County’s goals of ensuring long-term protection and enhancement of natural resources.
Following multiple public hearings, the overlay for properties along a portion of Corkscrew Road was approved in 2015. It provides a predictable way to assign appropriate density increases in a portion of the southeast Lee County DR/GR lands as an incentive for private developments to offset the costs to improve, preserve and restore the regional surface water and groundwater resources and indigenous wildlife habitats on their properties.
To date, two developments have used the overlay by committing to significant land restoration in exchange for increased density. Upon completion of the two developments, 60 percent of the project area will be restored and preserved, including improvements such as reconnecting flow-ways, wetlands restoration and re-establishing wildlife corridors.
The Lee County Department of Community Development will be presented with the award at the APA Florida Chapter Annual Conference in Tampa in September.
- Hole Montes Promotes Pair of Promised Lands Planners June 28, 2016
Tom Taylor, P.E., President and CEO of Hole Montes, Inc. recently announced that the Board of Directors and Shareholders of Hole Montes have unanimously agreed to name Robert “Bob” Mulhere, FAICP as Vice President of Planning and Business Development and Paula McMichael, AICP as Associate and Director of Planning for the firm. Mulhere has 27 years of professional experience and has been with Hole Montes since 2012. McMichael has 14 years of experience, the last three with Hole Montes. Each brings an expertise working with public and private clientele. Hole Montes is a civil engineering consulting firm serving Southwest Florida for the past 50 years.
- Lee County-Greater Pine Island Community Plan Earns Award June 13, 2016
A collaborative Lee County effort to balance private property rights, public safety and the environment has been recognized by the Florida Planning and Zoning Association (FPZA). The Lee County Greater Pine Island Community Plan Update was recognized as an Outstanding Study/Plan in the 2016 Florida Planning and Zoning Association Awards.
“At the direction of the Board of County Commissioners, and with the support of the County Manager and County Attorney, county staff was successful at developing an update to the Community Plan for Pine Island that is not only legally defensible, but also preserves the truly unique coastal rural character of the Pine Island community,” said Mikki Rozdolski, Lee County Community Development Department Planning Manager and Vice Chair of the Promised Lands Section.
“Lee County is honored to have received this recognition by FPZA,” she said.
The Lee County Greater Pine Island Community Plan Update, adopted in March 2016 by the Lee County Board of County Commissioners, was the result of several previous efforts by the county to address concerns among the residents and landowners regarding growth management, hurricane evacuation, and the maintenance of the island’s natural resources, as well as their beloved “Old Florida” character.
A key element of the Plan was the creation of a multiplier for Transferable Development Rights generated from Pine Island. This greatly incentivizes the transfer of development rights off the island to more appropriate urban areas in Lee County. In addition to a stakeholder group of community leaders, business owners and residents who actively assisted in drafting the plan, Lee County Commissioner John Manning, who represents Pine Island, led a community workshop. Staff also conducted interviews and hearings to gather input and maintain an open forum for information. The development of the plan was led by Commissioner Manning, Rozdolski and Lee County Community Development Director Dave Loveland, AICP, as ...
- Our First 2016 Summer Program June 7, 2016
Please join the Promised Lands Section of APA Florida for the Future of Florida Freight. Featuring Keith Robbins District Freight Coordinator FDOT District 1.
Join us for a luncheon on FDOT District 1 Freight Objectives for economic development, logistics and efficient movement throughout the State. Tour of the SunGuide Center will follow lunch.
2 AICP CM credits approved.
Friday July 8 noon to 2 pm. FDOT SW Area Office. 10041 Daniels Parkway, Fort Myers. FREE LUNCH DESERT AND CM CREDITS.
RSVP TO Kristina.Whitmire@dot.state.fl.us by Tuesday July 5.
Thanks again to Florida Department of Transportation.
- Check the Calendar for Upcoming Events February 19, 2016
Brownfield Redevelopment & Golf Course Redevelopment ft. Roxanne Gause, P.E.
When: Friday, April 15th from 11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Where: Lee County Public Works Building – 1500 Monroe Street, 1st Floor Conference Room, Fort Myers, FL 33901
1 AICP/CM credit APPROVED