Commissioners to hear zoning cases on Wednesdays
Effective in February, Commissioners are now holding zoning hearings on the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 9:30 a.m. in Commission Chambers, 2120 Main St., Fort Myers.
Previously, zoning hearings were held on Mondays.
Workshop held on impact fees
Lee County Commissioners held a workshop February 18. One of the agenda items was impact fees.
In March 2013, Commissioners reduced Road, School, Community Park and Regional Park impact fees by 80% effective through March 13, 2015, with a provision to review economic indicators after a year. During the workshop, commissioners considered building permits, sales tax collections and employment rates.
If you would like to be added to the “Interested Parties” list for information about impact fees, contact Karen Hutcherson, KHutcherson@leegov.com.
View the current fee schedule online.
March 31 is final deadline for license renewal
Contractors doing business in unincorporated Lee County must renew County competency certificates by 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.
In March, fees are $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.
Web search features enhanced
Two helpful features have been added to Community Development’s Web site:
· The Development Review case search page, now includes files from the Environmental Sciences Division – when applicable. These may include landscape plans and permits associated with the case number. This feature is only available for closed cases.
· Both the Zoning Division and the Development Services Division home pages now include charts illustrating their application and approval processes to help the public understand the processes and time frames for various types of submittals.
Visit www.lee-county.com/dcd for a variety of Web-based services.
Commissioners act on Lee Plan amendments
Two Lee Plan amendments were moved forward by Lee County Commissioners on Feb. 19.
· CPA2013-00006 - Concurrency Update has been transmitted to the State for review. It makes the comprehensive plan consistent with state requirements.
· CPA2013-00009 - Capital Improvement Plan Update has been adopted. It updates expenditures and revenues in the plan tables.
For details on any amendment to the comprehensive plan, go to www.leegov.com/dcd/PlanAmendments.
Public hearing set for code changes
A public hearing has been proposed for March 18 on changes to the Land Development Code.
· Changes to Chapter 2 have been recommended by the Lee County Hearing Examiner to clarify code enforcement procedures.
· Changes to Chapter 14 are required by the Florida Department of Environmental protection and Appendix N regarding wellfield protection provisions.
At their regular March 4 meeting, Commissioners will consider whether to direct staff to set the public hearing for March 18.
For details on these and other proposed Land Development Code amendments, go to www.leegov.com/dcd/LDCAmendments.
Don Blackburn retires after 28 years
Don Blackburn, Development Review Manager, retired in February after 28 years of service, 26 of them in the Development Services Division.
He served the past 20 years in his current position and started working for Lee County as an engineer in 1986 with the Engineering Services Division of the Transportation Department.
Don has been a Development Services mainstay for many years – we’ll miss him,” said Ben Dickson, Acting Director of Development Services.
January 2014 permit report
During January, contractors pulled 77 permits to build single-family houses collectively valued at nearly $17 million in unincorporated Lee County. That compares to 64 permits issued in December and 54 issued in January 2013, according to the Lee County Department of Community Development.
Also during January, 20 multi-family units were permitted, compared to 14 in December and eight in January 2013.
General commercial activity was valued at more than $2.9 million for 20 permits. In comparison, commercial permits were valued at nearly $1 million in December and $2.5 million in January 2013.
Lee County Community Development issued 3,270 permits of all kinds during January.
For additional permit reports, go to www.leegov.com/dcd/Reports.
Reconnecting Lee to discuss flood insurance
The Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 will be the topic for the next Reconnecting Lee meeting Thursday, March 20 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Fort Myers Regional Library, Meeting Room A/B, 1651 Lee St., Fort Myers.
Amy Hoyt, GISP manager of the Lee County GIS Division; Josh Overmyer, CFM, Town of Fort Myers Beach's Floodplain Administrator; and Chris Heidrick, CPCU, ANFI, CFP owner of Heidrick & Co. Insurance, Sanibel, are scheduled presenters.
The speakers will address different aspects of the Biggert-Waters Act, the potential impacts on flood insurance availability, changes in cost of policy premiums, and impacts on planning and land use in Southwest Florida. AICP/CM (professional development) credits for planners are pending approval.
For details about Reconnecting Lee or its programs, contact Julia B. Davis, AICP, (239) 560-2114 or JBDavis1AICP@aol.com.
Upcoming meetings and public hearings
Executive Regulatory Oversight Committee – Wednesday, March 12, 2 p.m., Lee County Community Development/Public Works Center, 1500 Monroe St., Fort Myers.
Local Planning Agency – Monday, March 24, 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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