On Tuesday, June 29, 2021, the Greater Pine Island Civic Association partnered with Banks Engineering to host a public information session on zoning amendments being sought for two projects: Calusa Cay CPD (DOS2014-00027) and Orchid Cove at Pine Island (DOS2005-00354-A05).
All developers of multifamily residential, commercial, industrial, institutional and infrastructure projects and subdivisions are required to hold public meetings in some unincorporated areas of Lee County — including Pine Island — to inform residents of their plans.
On Pine Island, the GPICA has historically been the designated forum for these public meetings. Per our meeting format, the GPICA allows the developer and/or their agent(s) to present their information and then we allow the community members in attendance to ask questions about the projects and changes being sought.
After the Q&A session, the GPICA then gauges support by asking residents to vote for or against each request. Then we transmit that information to Lee County Community Development staff.
In this case, the community response to the proposed changes was overwhelmingly negative. On July 9, 2021, the GPICA transmitted these results to Lee County staff. We also transmitted several letters written by Pine Islanders voicing their opposition as well.
- Click here if you’d like to read the letter we sent to Lee County staff in its entirety.
- If you missed the presentation made by Stacy Ellis Hewitt, AICP, Director of Planning for Banks Engineering, click here to view her presentation for four zoning change requests related to Calusa Cay (Publix) and one development order request related to Orchid Cove (townhomes).