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Lee County Community Development


June/July 2014


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Land Development Code amended

Lee County Commissioners recently approved changes to the Land Development Code that:

·       Allow restaurants to seek an optional permit for dogs in outdoor seating areas;

·       Regulate the Lehigh Acres Homestead Road Compact Community Activity Center;

·       Update the Upper Captiva Community Plan;

·       And continue streamlining the code itself, specifically by combining and condensing zoning districts for recreational vehicles and community facilities, like parks, libraries and social clubs.

Commissioners approved these changes at their regular meeting June 17.

New email for flood zone verification

For improved efficiency and customer service, we have established a new email address for Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) letter requests:

This will better enable staff to indentify and respond to the growing number of requests for verification of FIRM information.  The standard FIRM letter verifies the current and time-of-construction flood map information for a structure, including the flood zone and base flood elevation.

Please use this email address for all requests regarding the National Flood Insurance Program’s flood policies on structures in unincorporated Lee County.  For flood map information in local cities and towns, please contact the jurisdiction directly.

For details about flood mapping in unincorporated Lee or to use an online flood zone look-up feature, go to

Commissioners address planning, zoning cases

At a joint Lee Plan and zoning hearing June 18, Lee County Commissioners adopted Comprehensive Plan amendment CPA2013-00008 - Estero Apartments for allowing construction of 136 multi-family units on nearly nine acres at the northwest corner of Corkscrew Road and I-75.

Commissioners also agreed to transmit CPA2014-00003 - Estero Community Plan Update to the State for review.  Changes in the plan are designed to encourage economic diversity, mixed-use centers and links among residential, commercial and other uses.

In zoning business, commissioners approved:

·         DCI2013-00020 and REZ2013-00013 - Estero Oaks MPD rezone more than 36 acres from Commercial Planned Development to Mixed-Use Planned Development for 280 multiple-family dwelling units and 130,000 square feet of retail or general office space at Three Oaks Parkway and Koreshan Boulevard.

·         DRI2013-00021 and DCI2013-00008 – Miromar Lakes, a notice of proposed change to redistribute some commercial development approved for the southeast corner of Alico Road and Ben Hill Griffin Parkway to the southern boundary line of the Florida Gulf Coast University campus.

·         DCI2014-00007 – Plantation 37, rezoning of nearly 39 acres from Commercial C-2 to Residential Planned Development to allow 130 residential dwellings.

For the details of Comprehensive Plan amendments, go to For information about zoning cases, go to

Lee Plan has been updated

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

CPA2013-00006 – Concurrency

CPA2013-00007 – Wellfield Protection

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

The Lee Plan is available on the Lee County Community Development website at

June 2014 permit report

During June, contractors pulled 95 permits to build single-family houses collectively valued at more than $21.5 million in unincorporated Lee County.  That compares to 88 permits issued in May and 94 issued in June 2013, according to the Lee County Department of Community Development.

Also during June, 83 multi-family units were permitted, compared to 173 in May and 29 in June 2013.  These include a 65-unit apartment building, part of the Palazzo Del Sol development on Pamplona Run, southwest of McGregor Boulevard and Pine Ridge Road.

General commercial activity was valued at more than $5.3 million for 26 permits, compared to nearly $15 million in May and $8.5 million in June 2013.  June’s commercial permits include a Chili’s restaurant, which is valued at $1.25 million, on an out-parcel of Gulf Coast Town Center.

Lee County Community Development issued 3,676 permits of all kinds during June.

For additional permit reports, go to

Offices closed for the holidays

Lee County offices, including Community Development offices at 1500 Monroe St. and 1825 Hendry St., Fort Myers, will be closed Friday, July 4, in celebration of Independence Day.

Upcoming meetings and public hearings

Executive Regulatory Oversight Committee – Wednesday, July 9, 2 p.m., Lee County Community Development/Public Works Center, 1500 Monroe St., Fort Myers

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

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

For the detailed calendar, go to  


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