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Back to the drawing board?

August 9, 2019
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

To the editor:

City government has been working three long years on revising the land use and zoning ordinances. After many public and quasi-judicial hearings, new zoning, proposed by the city, for the Four Corners in the Southwest Cape, it remains unpopular with both the owner/developer and with the neighborhood homeowners. The city proposes commercial zoning in a quiet single-family neighborhood with two one-lane streets at this intersection. In their own words, the city states that a commercial zone is designed to "encourage commercial activities intended to serve a large trade area, on major thoroughfares."

According to the city, gas stations, auto repair and rental and dollar stores could be built in this location. These are not realistic enterprises because the density does not support these enterprises. The Four Corners is at 80% build-out and is currently well served by similar existing commercial options.

You ask, why the city is trying to move in this direction? Because this commercial zoning is required to help justify building 264 multi-family residential units on the adjacent three corners. City management appears obsessed with permitting multi-family developments and with expanding the city population and tax base. Expect more objections at the upcoming council meeting, Aug. 12. Back to the drawing board for city planning and zoning.

Yolanda Olsen

Cape Coral



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