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Proposed changes for Four Corners: The classic conflict

March 8, 2019
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

To the editor:

The Cape Coral Community Development Division faces an ongoing challenge in revising the Land Use and Zoning Codes. Only one of the hundreds of land parcels impacted by the proposed zoning changes has been pulled from the overall planning process.

Four Corners, a strictly residential SW neighborhood, at the intersection of Beach Parkway W and Agualinda.

City development goals dictate low density, multi-family zoning, where vacant land is surrounded by single family homes. City planners also consider 2 lane access roads a factor leading to density zoning. Both are characteristic of Four Corners. When questioned about sufficient road access, a member of the planning department mentioned, the possibility of removing existing bike lanes on Beach West and Agualinda, part of the Aubuchon bike trail, to build 4-lane access for a high density multi-family development.

Neighborhood homeowners and cyclists are in a uproar. Many prefer single family zoning and cite traffic, crime and noise increases and reduced property values as eventual problems.

The current Four Corners owner is entitled to build multi-family and or commercial based on the zoning when purchased in 2016. The strictly residential character of Four Corners was established years ago and the city might have changed the zoning before now.

Avison Young was awarded the exclusive sales listing of Four Corners, four vacant land parcels totaling 21.14 acres. In a recent Avison Young press release they state "As the city is upzoning the area for multifamily development from 16 units to 25 units per acre, this is a superb opportunity..." This "upzoning" sounds like a done deal? The Four Corners owners-agents and their attorneys want the city to zone for the highest maximum density and are attending Council meetings and working to influence the Community Development staff.

Given this conflict, the fate of the Four Corners neighborhood will be decided by the Mayor and City Council after a quasi judicial hearing. This is a classic Florida conflict between big money developers and exiting homeowners. The City could use Go Bond funds to buy Four Corners for a recreational, picnic, park area as there are no public parks in the SW between Veterans, Cape Coral Parkway W, Surfside and Skyline. Although negotiating with the current owners might prove difficult.

Yolanda Olsen

resident in District 2

Cape Coral

 
 
 

 

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