Saturday, August 18, 2012

Review of New Horizon 2035 Lee Plan elements continues

 BikeWalkLee has been participating in this year-long process of updating the Lee Plan to ensure that the complete streets/sustainability focus in the EAR is carried through in the actual Comp Plan amendments.

Background:  Horizon 2035 is a comprehensive review and update of the Lee Plan through the year 2035. The Evaluation and Appraisal Report (EAR) adopted by the Commissioners in early 2011 resulted in a sustainable vision for growth and development. The County is now using this vision as the basis to update the Lee Plan’s goals, objectives and policies. Over the past year, the staff has been presenting draft Comp Plan language for each of the elements in the Plan.

The next two elements will be presented to the LPA on Monday, August 27th at 8:30 a.m. in the Board Chambers in downtown Fort Myers.  Click here for links to the materials:

1.  Character and Form:  This new element, as recommended in the EAR,  sets a planning framework for how the county will be designed.  It creates the context for the development of urban, suburban, and rural communities, and directs the planning and development of the county's mixed-use places.

2.  Housing:  This updated element provides policy guidance regarding the provision of safe and sanitary housing at affordable costs.  The element addresses issues of housing availability, farmworker housing, substandard housing affordability, and persons who have special housing needs and neighborhoods.

The public is encouraged to attend the LPA meetings and there is an opportunity for public comment at the meetings.   Both of these elements will be reviewed at the September 19th (6 p.m.) meeting of the County's Community Sustainability Advisory Committee.

 As announced earlier, Lee County has a new way for the public to participate in the development of the Lee Plan updates--the new “Lee County Town Hall” virtual public forum at This interactive website invites residents to share opinions and ideas on proposed county projects.

Explore Lee County Town Hall at your convenience.  The registration process is free and easy to share your own ideas and support those you like.

Click here to sign-up to participate in this conversation.

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