Thursday, November 10, 2011

More position papers for review in New Horizon 2035 Lee Plan update process

As reported in an earlier blog post, Horizon 2035 is a comprehensive review and update of the Lee Plan through the year 2035. New Horizon 2035 include three components: the Evaluation and Appraisal Report, the Lee Plan Update, and the LDC Update. The EAR resulted in a sustainable vision for growth and development through the year 2035. Lee County is now using this vision as the basis to update the Lee Plan’s goals, objectives and policies.

The Lee Plan Update is being completed in two parts: policy issue discussions and draft elements. Before drafting goals and policies, the County's Planning Division will present a series of monthly issue papers to the Local Planning Agency and Sustainability Committee for input. There are now 3 more issue papers out for review, which will be discussed at the November 18th Local Planning Agency (LPA) meeting being held at 8:30 a.m. in the Board Chambers, Old Lee County Courthouse, 2120 Main Street, Fort Myers, FL 33901.

Click here to review the agenda and the issue papers.

The 3 issue papers are on the following topics:

A. Current Lee Plan Framework
B. Proposed Urban-Suburban-Rural Environmental Framework
C. Future Mixed-Use Strategies

This set of papers focus on the question of how to create a Future Land Use Map with a clear distinction between urban, suburban, rural and environmental resource areas that correspond with the Land Use Framework established in the Horizon 2035 Plan (EAR).The mixed-use strategies paper also addresses the problem, as summed up by the LPA as "we are trying to get to urban with suburban land uses and zoning." The staff is asking the two committees to discuss appropriate densities and intensities, land use standards, and design considerations.

BikeWalkLee will be participating in this year-long process to ensure that the complete streets/sustainability focus in the EAR is carried through in the actual Comp Plan amendments.

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