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Lee County Community Development

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March 2014

 

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eCheck is now available

eCheck, an electronic option for making online payments via a personal or corporate checking account, is now fully operational.  eCheck is offered in addition to the existing online credit card payment option for customer convenience.

For details about eCheck or about registering for ePlan, go to www.leegov.com/ePlan or send questions to ePlan@leegov.com.  Include your phone number in the message, and a member of our staff will call you promptly to discuss.

In its continuing effort to Go Green! with paperless processes, Lee County now allows these items to be submitted electronically through ePlan:   

·      Building Services accepts all permit applications;   

·      Development Services accepts all Limited Development Orders (LDO) and Development Order (DOS) applications;   

·      Zoning Division accepts all Administrative Actions and Minimum Use Determination applications;

·      Inspections accepts FEMA Elevation Certificates.

North Fort Myers panel holds annual meeting

More than 100 residents attended the annual Town Hall Meeting hosted Thursday, March 20, by the North Fort Myers Community Planning Panel at the new North Fort Myers Recreation Center.

Lee County Commissioner Brian Hamman commented on his own roots in the Cape Coral/North Fort Myers area and addressed topics including the status of the Waterway Estates property, Lee Tran service, libraries, parks, recreational sports facilities, and economic development.

Lee County Manager Roger Desjarlais talked about the County’s fiscal challenges and heard community-driven ideas.

Several members of Lee County staff attended to review planning updates including the North Fort Myers Town Center and other planning efforts throughout North Fort Myers.

Recognition was given to Uncle Bob’s Self Storage as a redevelopment project that embraced the goals of the North Fort Myers Community Plan.

Get details about the North Fort Myers Community Plan at www.leegov.com/dcd/planning/nfm.

Lee Plan has been updated

Lee County’s comprehensive plan is now codified to reflect amendments to text and maps through March 2014.  It includes changes adopted through these Lee Plan amendments:

·     CPA2013-00002 – Agricultural rezoning in Suburban areas

·     CPA2013-00003 – RSW Airport Layout Plan (Map 3F)

·     CPA2013-00005 – removing mandatory DRI requirement

·     CPA2013-00009 – Capital Improvement Plan update (tables 3, 3a & 4)

The cover, ordinance and chronology pages have also been updated accordingly.

The Lee Plan is available on the Lee County Community Development website at www.leegov.com/dcd/leeplan.

March 31 is final deadline for license renewal

Contractors doing business in unincorporated Lee County must renew County competency certificates by Monday, March 31.  If the certificate of competency is not renewed or placed on voluntary inactive status by March 31, 2014, it will expire.  Renewal of expired certificates requires a new application and approval by the Construction Licensing Board.

Registration began in August.  Fees have increased monthly since October.

Fees are now $130 for all trades, $140 for general, building and residential contractors, and $44 for journeyman.  Proof of valid insurance is required, along with valid state license where applicable.

Renew online at www.leegov.com/dcd/ContractorLicensing

Contractors choosing not to renew may apply for voluntary inactive status by submitting a $36 fee and completing the Application for Inactive Status Form.  Download it at www.leegov.com/dcd/ContractorLicensing.

Questions?  E-mail ContractorLicensing@leegov.com.

LPA reviews Lee Plan element updates

Proposed changes to the Future Land Use and Transportation elements of the Lee Plan were discussed by the Local Planning Agency during its regular meeting Monday, March 24. The LPA agreed to transmit the Transportation Element to the Lee Board of County Commissioners.

Discussions about the Future Land Use element and revisions to the Future Land Use Map are expected to be on the LPA Agenda Monday, April 24, 8:30 a.m., in Commission Chambers, 2120 Main St., Fort Myers.

These amendments are part of the ongoing New Horizon 2035 update of the comprehensive plan based on the state-mandated Evaluation and Appraisal Report.

For details about these or other proposed amendments to the Lee Plan, go to www.leegov.com/dcd/PlanAmendments.

Land Development Code amended

At a March 18 public hearing, Lee County Commissioners adopted two amendments to the Land Development Code.

·      Changes to Chapter 2 were recommended by the Lee County Hearing Examiner to clarify code enforcement procedures.

·      Changes to Chapter 14 were required by the Florida Department of Environmental protection and Appendix N regarding wellfield protection provisions.

For details on these and other proposed Land Development Code amendments, go to www.leegov.com/dcd/LDCAmendments.

February 2014 permit report

During February, contractors pulled 82 permits to build single-family houses collectively valued at more than $16.2 million in unincorporated Lee County.  That compares to 77 permits issued in January and 70 issued in February 2013, according to the Lee County Department of Community Development.

Also during February, 24 multi-family units were permitted, compared to 20 in January and 28 in February 2013. 

General commercial activity was valued at more than $5 million for 10 permits, including a nearly $4 million Audi car dealership off Daniels Parkway in the Jetport Commerce Park.  In comparison, commercial permits were valued at nearly $3 million in January and $979,850 in February 2013.

Lee County Community Development issued 3,453 permits of all kinds during February.

For additional permit reports, go to www.leegov.com/dcd/Reports.

Florida land use symposium set for May

The Promised Lands Section of the American Planning Association, Florida Chapter and other partners will host a day-long land use symposium, "Everything You Wanted to Know About Florida Planning and Zoning (But Were Afraid to Ask)" on May 16.

Presenters, who will include officials and land use professionals from Cape Coral and from Lee and Hillsborough counties, have designed the program to interest those who are both old and new to the world of planning, zoning, land use and quasi-judicial proceedings – including elected officials and local planning board members.

Gene Boles, FAICP, an advisor to Hillsborough County on its comprehensive plan and Senior Fellow for the Program for Resource Efficient Communities at the University of Florida, is a special guest presenter. The program also includes "mock" zoning cases.

The event will be Friday, May 16 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Palmetto Pines Country Club, 1940 SW 9th Court, Cape Coral.  Cost is $10 in advance, $20 the day of the event. RSVP to Tony Palermo, AICP, Lee County Community Development, P.O. Box 398, Fort Myers FL 33902-0398. Please make checks payable to APA Florida Chapter.

“Plan in Motion” is 2014 Florida APA theme

The 2014 American Planning Association Florida Conference will be Sept. 3-6 in Jacksonville. It will be in conjunction with the Southeastern Planning Students Conference, which includes students from 15 graduate planning programs.

For details about sessions, speakers and to propose presentations, go to the conference page at the APA Florida website, www.floridaplanning.org.

Upcoming meetings and public hearings

Board of County Commissioners – Tuesday, April 1, 9:30 a.m., Commission Chambers, 2120 Main St., Fort Myers: consider mediated agreement concerning the River Hall Plan Amendment; public hearing on lot mowing ordinance.

Land Development Code Advisory Committee – Friday, April 11, 8 a.m., Lee County Community Development/Public Works Center, 1500 Monroe St., Fort Myers.

Board of County Commissioners – Wednesday, April 16, 9:30 a.m., Commission Chambers, 2120 Main St., Fort Myers: public hearing on adoption of Lee Plan amendments CPA2013-00006 - Concurrency Update and CPA2013-00007 – Wellfield Protection.

Local Planning Agency – Monday, April 28, 8:30 a.m., Commission Chambers, 2120 Main St., Fort Myers.

For the detailed calendar, go to www.leegov.com/dcd/calendar.  

 

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