Make your Presence Known.
Wear RED at the Nov. 6
Board of County Commissioners Meeting.
What’s at Stake:
Approval of another lime rock mine east of Estero by Lee County Board of County Commissioners.
Wednesday, November 6 at 9:00 a.m.
Commissioners’ Meeting Room, 2120 Main Street, Fort Myers (map)
What You Can Do:
Attend and Wear Red
The Hearing Examiner, the staff adviser to the Board, is recommending against this rezoning. Most residents cannot speak on this issue at the Commission meeting, but you can attend and wear red to show your objection to the rezoning.
Please attend the Lee County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) meeting on November 6 to make your presence known and that you support the recommendation of the Lee County Zoning Hearing Examiner denying a request to rezone approximately 4,200 acres from Agricultural to Industrial in order to allow a new lime rock mine. The subject property is located between Hwy 82 and Corkscrew Road about 9 miles east of Estero.
The Zoning Hearing Examiner serves in an advisory capacity to the BOCC on rezoning application requests. A zoning hearing for this issue was held during April 2018. The Examiner issued her denial recommendation last April.
Although only those who spoke before the Zoning Hearing Examiner can speak before the BOCC on November 6, your attendance will provide a message to the BOCC that the zoning issue is important to Lee County residents and businesses and that you strongly support the Zoning Hearing Examiner’s recommendation to deny this rezoning request.
The Hearing Examiner provided this recommendation after her careful consideration of the exhaustive testimony and evidence submitted during the seven-day hearing. She found that excavation mining is not an appropriate land use in this location given the proximity of decades-long residential land use. The Hearing Examiner clearly stated that “mining is not compatible with long-established, and on-going residential development patterns in the subject area. Maintaining the existing zoning classification of agriculture serves a legitimate public purpose”.
Further, she stated mining and the intense industrial uses associated with lime rock excavation involve the near-continuous operation of heavy machinery and large trucks. These activities which also include noise, blasting, and dust, are not compatible with the tranquil residential neighborhoods in this area. Just as important, Madame Hearing Officer stated that Staff’s and applicant’s proposed mitigative actions are inadequate to protect the character and integrity of existing and future residential development.
To substantiate her finding to deny, Madame Hearing Officer identified 22 Lee Plan Goals, Objectives, Policies, and Land Development Codes that the proposed rezoning for mining would violate or fail to meet. This is reason enough for County Commissioners to agree with her rezoning recommendation and vote against the rezoning request.
The BOCC Meeting is located at 2120 Main St, Fort Myers, FL 33901, and is scheduled for 9:00 AM on November 6.