Coming soon: eCheck payment option!
Community Development will be offering another Go Green! option for making payments.
In addition to the existing online credit card payment options, an eCheck payment option will soon be available.
This feature will allow payments to be made via a checking account (personal or corporate) online. The need for this enhancement was suggested by the engineering community as they used ePlan, the department’s electronic plan submittal process.
Community Development thanks the development community for embracing this new method of doing business. We continue our commitment to making this process as customer friendly as possible.
Details about eCheck will follow. Learn more at www.leegov.com/eplan.
Development Order applications streamlined
As part of the Department’s ongoing streamlining efforts, the Development Order applications have been updated.
In addition to enabling applicants to submit through ePlan, we have also reduced the application form by about 80% to only three pages. The minor change and amendment applications have also been streamlined. Applicants may ensure that they are completing the most up-to-date application by downloading the forms from the Development Services applications web page.
Don’t forget to register for ePlan today!
Easy steps for participation at www.leegov.com/eplan include:
Questions? Call (239) 533-8343 or e-mail ePlan@leegov.com.
Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) workshop
On Nov. 12, Lee County Community Development planning staff with consultant Dr. James Nicholas will hold a workshop to gain insight on improving and possibly expanding the County’s Transfer of Development Rights Program, along with evaluation of a TDR bank.
Property owners of potential sending and receiving areas have been notified, and the meeting is open to other interested parties. Topics include:
Value of a TDR;
Evaluation of current program;
Proposed modifications to the current program;
Evaluation of the value of a TDR bank.
The Tuesday, Nov. 12 meeting will be at 6 p.m. in the Lee County Community Development/Public Works Center, first-floor conference room, 1500 Monroe St., Fort Myers.
Contact Paul O’Connor, Director, Planning Division, (239) 533-8309 or email@example.com for details.
Web pages offer info on flood insurance
Lee County supports proposed federal legislation to delay implementation of a federal flood insurance rate increase so that an affordability study can be done. In the meantime, homeowners and business owners in unincorporated Lee County can learn about the impact of the Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 via a new section on the Lee County Department of Community Development’s website.
Go to www.leegov.com/dcd/NFIP to learn what the legislation is, who will be affected by it, and a timeline for implementation. You can also find out what policyholders can do, and how Lee County is helping to address the rate increases. Helpful handouts can be downloaded from the site.
The Biggert-Waters information is part of the Community Development website’s Flood Mapping section, www.leegov.com/dcd/floodmaps. It provides homeowners in unincorporated Lee County with an easy way to look up their flood zones, get copies of their FEMA Elevation Certificates and much more.
Luncheon set with new hearing examiner
Donna Marie Collins, Lee County’s new Chief Hearing Examiner, will discuss ideas for new procedures and will offer a “refresher” for conduct and procedures at a luncheon Friday, Nov. 22, 12-1:30 p.m. in the Lee County Community Development/Public Works Center, 1500 Monroe St., Fort Myers.
The event is sponsored by the Promised Lands Section of the American Planning Association, Florida Chapter.
Lunch is included in the $5 cost. Continuing education credit is pending.
Send reservations by Nov. 20 to Tony Palermo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Low-impact design is series topic
Low-impact design (LID) for transportation and for urban infill and redevelopment projects is the topic of the Thursday, Nov. 7, luncheon series at the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council, 1926 Victoria Ave., Fort Myers.
The meeting begins at noon. There is no charge.
Presenters are Molly Williams, PE, Interim Stormwater Manager for Sarasota County Public Works, and Stephen Suau, PE, Managing Partner with Progressive Water Resources of Sarasota. They will discuss Sarasota’s Honore Avenue project.
The American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) has approved this session for 1.5 continuing education credits.
Send reservations by Nov. 4 to Tony Palermo at email@example.com.
Annual meeting set
The Promised Lands Section annual meeting and holiday social will be Thursday, Dec. 5, at 5:30 p.m. in Bahama Breeze, 14701 Tamiami Trail, south Fort Myers. For reservations, contact Alexis Crespo, firstname.lastname@example.org by Dec. 3.
Presentation of “Research Diamond” findings
The Presentation of Findings from Stakeholder Input and Town Hall Meeting on the proposed Research & Enterprise Diamond is now posted online at www.lee-county.com/RED.
The Oct. 21 event gathered property owners, public officials, local professionals, businesses, community leaders, residents and students to share ideas for economic development and sustainable design in south Lee County near Southwest Florida International Airport, JetBlue Park and Florida Gulf Coast University. The meeting was conducted as part of an American Institute of Architects, Sustainable Design Assessment Team grant awarded to Lee County.
Transmittal hearing on two amendments
Lee County Commissioners will hold a public hearing Monday, Nov. 18, at 9:30 a.m. in Commission Chambers, 2120 Main St., Fort Myers regarding two proposed amendments to the Lee Plan.
CPA2013-00003 RSW Revised Airport Layout Plan – Map 3F. This amendment to Map 3F reflects the revised Southwest Florida International Airport Layout Plan approved by the Federal Aviation Administration.
CPA2013-00005 University Community DRI Requirement. This amendment for Policy 18.1.16, Policy188.8.131.52 and Policy 18.2.2 makes the Lee Plan consistent with State requirements that prohibit local governments from requiring Development of Regional Impact (DRI) review for projects that don’t meet or exceed state established thresholds.
Transmittal of both amendments is recommended by staff and the Local Planning Agency (LPA). Commissioners are expected to vote that day on whether to transmit the amendments to the state for review.
For details on any amendment to the comprehensive plan, go to www.leegov.com/dcd/PlanAmendments.
Late fees now assessed on license renewal
Contractors who missed the Sept. 30 deadline to renew Lee County competency certificates will now face late fees increasing monthly through March 31, 2014.
The November fee for renewal is $110 for all trades and $120 for general, building and residential contractors. Journeyman renewal fees are $37.
Renew online at www.leegov.com/dcd/ContractorLicensing.
Contractors choosing not to renew may apply for voluntary inactive status by submitting a $31 fee and completing the Application for Inactive Status Form. Download it at www.leegov.com/dcd/ContractorLicensing.
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.
Questions? E-mail ContractorLicensing@leegov.com.
Staff nominated for County award
Lenore Bennett, Code Enforcement Officer for the Page Park, Charleston Park and Palmona Park communities, was nominated for Lee County’s “Together We Mean Community” award program for the third quarter of 2013. Her nominator commended her for “kindness” and “willingness to go above and beyond to help the residents of those areas.”
The award was established to recognize outstanding “community friendly” service by Lee County employees. For details, go to www.leegov.com/twmc/Pages/default.aspx.
October 2013 permit report
During October, contractors pulled 70 permits to build single-family houses collectively valued at nearly $19.8 million in unincorporated Lee County. That compares to 51 permits issued in September and 42 issued in October 2012, according to the Lee County Department of Community Development.
Also during October, 44 multi-family units were permitted, compared to 18 in September and 12 in October 2012.
General commercial activity was valued at nearly $7.7 million for 15 permits. In comparison, commercial permits were valued at nearly $2 million in September and nearly $1.3 million in October 2012.
Lee County Community Development issued 3,389 permits of all kinds during October.
For additional permit reports, go to www.leegov.com/dcd/Reports.
Offices closed for holiday observances
Lee County offices, including Community Development offices at 1500 Monroe St. and 1825 Hendry St., Fort Myers, will be closed Monday, Nov. 11, for Veteran’s Day and Thursday and Friday, November 28 and 29, for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Upcoming meetings and public hearings
Land Development Code Advisory Committee – Friday, Nov. 8, 8 a.m., Lee County Community Development/Public Works Center, 1500 Monroe St., Fort Myers.
Executive Regulatory Oversight Committee – Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2 p.m., Lee County Community Development/Public Works Center, 1500 Monroe St., Fort Myers.
Lee County Commissioners – Monday, Nov. 18, 9:30 a.m., Commission Chambers, 2120 Main St., Fort Myers: Public hearing regarding two proposed amendments to the Lee Plan.
For the detailed calendar, go to www.leegov.com/dcd/calendar.
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