Reconnecting Lee

WHO:   Vince Cautero, Director of Community Development, City of Cape Coral

WHAT:  “Transforming the Cape: Seven Elements to Promote Smart Growth in Cape Coral”

WHEN: January 29th, 12:00-1:30PM

WHERE: Location: Downtown Fort Myers Library, Room AB

COST: Free and open to the Public

FREE LUNCH: Provided by Florida APA Promised Lands Section.         *RSVP Required

AICP CREDITS: 1.5 AICP/CM credits approved.

Program Information and Details:

The program Transforming the Cape will focus on the major initiatives underway in order to attract new development, implement new innovative design guidelines and techniques, and promote smart growth.  The cornerstone of these efforts is a major rewrite of the land use and development regulations, which will allow the City to substitute its rigid Euclidian type zoning code to a form-based or hybrid model.  This is critically important for a pre-platted community that has an approximate ratio of 90% residential land base v. 10% commercial and other non-residential.

Complimentary efforts include a development plan for the City-owned Seven Islands area in NW Cape and a Parks Master Plan.  In addition, to assure more consistency and fairness in the development review and quasi-judicial hearing process, the City intends to eliminate its Board of Zoning Adjustment and replace it with a contract Hearing Examiner.

ABOUT Reconnecting Lee is a group that advocates for new urbanist concepts, including transit-oriented design for Lee County’s emerging urban core. More information is available at


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