Conservation Foundation Proposal

Conservation Land Proposal (and Kayak Launch) in St. James City

The Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast is submitting a rezoning and special exception application to Lee County to rezone 207 acres from C-1A and AG-2 to the Environmentally Critical (EC) zoning district in order to allow a boardwalk, kayak launch, and small parking lot. A special exception is required to permit impervious surfaces for passive recreation in the EC zoning district. The property doesn’t have an address yet, but the STRAP No. is 10-45-22-00-00001.0050. (The property location is shown in the image below.) The project is called Pine Island Preserve at Matlacha Pass.

  • Project managers for the Foundation are engineering/mitigation consultant Tom Odom, PE, President Mitigation Resources, and Veronica Martin, Senior Planner, TDM Consulting.

The three zoning change requests the Foundation is seeking are:

  1. Rezoning from AG-2 and C-1A to EC (Environmentally Critical)
  2. Special Exception pursuant to LDC Sec. 983(3) to permit accessory structures and impervious surface areas for passive recreation in the EC zoning district
  3. Amend the Future Land Use Map from Coastal Rural and Uplands to Conservation Lands, Uplands and Wetlands

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