Action Alert: Tomorrow, May 18, 4:30 p.m., City of Cape Coral Annexation Public Hearing, City of Cape Coral Council Chambers, 1015 Cultural Park Boulevard, Cape Coral, FL 33990
Everyone living on Pine Island is familiar with the corner of Pine Island/Burnt Store roads and Veteran’s Parkway.
Currently, the lots on the southwest corner lie within unincorporated Lee County and these parcels are subject to provisions of the Pine Island Land Plan, which requires height restrictions, lower number of development units and more.
Now, the owners of the parcels — which total 25 acres — are seeking to have the parcels voluntarily annexed into the City of Cape Coral as one step in their plans for commercial development on the corner.
The largest parcel is approximately 10 acres with frontage along Pine Island Road. Currently, one additional parcel is undeveloped. One parcel is developed with a church and another has a tree nursery.
According to our communications with Lee County Staff members, the property owners are planning:
- A four-story residential building with 520 units and room to park 875 cars
- A five story hotel with 150 rooms and parking for 150 vehicles
- A 16,000 clubhouse/pool, a fitness area
- 58,000 square feet of commercial space in one story
- 30,000 square feet of office space in a two-story building
- A park
- A children’s play area
The “Letter of Intent” for voluntary annexation states that the purpose of annexation is commercial uses. The applicant states they will be requesting a Pine Island Road District (PIRD) future land use designation and a Commercial Corridor (CC) zoning designation or will be apply for a Planned Unit Development (PUD).
To see the full documentation click this link and look for ANNX22-000004 identifier. (Or click here for a PDF.)
At the same time, owners are also seeking to annex the parcel on the other side of Veteran’s Parkway as well (AX21-0003 — see details here).
GPICA is concerned that this annexation will permit greater development density and bring additional traffic to an already busy intersection. Further, preserved land to the South of the parcel means this area has potential for expansion of important preserve and green space in the future. We urge you to make your concerns heard at the meeting tomorrow.