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Lee County planner addresses GPICA

April 10, 2013
By MEGHAN McCOY ( , Pine Island Eagle

The Greater Pine Island Civic Association invited a guest speaker to share information about the Land Development Code during its April meeting to update residents of a few changes.

Matt Noble, principal planner for Lee County, said the county is currently streamlining the Land Development Code, which affects Pine Island in two very minor ways. He said they are combining a few processes to make it easier on individuals.

He said, for example, if a resident was changing his or her driveway from gravel to concrete, he or she would have to go before the local planning panel for approval. Although this particular situation did not happen a lot on Pine Island, Noble said it is occurring in many other communities.

"We shouldn't force people in those circumstances to go through the added process," he said, so the process was removed.

Nobel said the limited development order is being combined.

The other minor change deals with commercial fishermen. He said the change that is occurring is moving information into the Pine Island section of Chapter 33.

"We are picking it up and moving it from one chapter to another," he said about commercial fisherman storage and repair of equipment.

In other business:

David Burns addressed the membership about rezoning 5 acres on Quail Trail, south of Barrancus Avenue and west of Stringfellow Road. He said the acreage is zoned residential, which he wants to change back to agriculture.

"We want to change it back to original designation to match the properties around that area," Burns told the audience.

The 5-acre property is both vacant and cleared.

Burns said they have been on the island since 1999 and do not want to change anything.

He said he plans on experimenting on the property with growing vegetables and fruit trees to see what takes.

The membership approved his zoning request during the meeting.



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