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Forum Notes

March 2010

Intergovernmental Agencies



Public Safety
March 10, 2010

Intergovernmental Agencies
March 24, 2010

Lee County Agencies
March 31, 2010


Issues identified in meeting with Public Safety, March 10, 2010

  • Hurricane vulnerability
  • Sea-level rise
  • Walkable communities
  • Complete streets
  • Lehigh septic and duplex issues

Issues identified in meeting with State & Local Agencies, March 24, 2010

  • Consider changing circumstances
    • University(ies)
    • Collier urbanization
    • Municipal (Downtown) revitalization
    • International airport
    • Investigate “green” building
    • Consider the effect of changing urban demographics on housing, infrastructure, services
      • Less reliance on cars, more walking, biking, other transit options
      • Medical services
      • Funding sources for light rail
  • Promote continuation of rural/agricultural uses to support urban form/self sufficiency
    • Explore compact communities, complete streets
    • Support density transfers to mass transportation corridors
    • Need more density in urban areas
  • Redevelopment in platted communities
    • Promote daily convenience, commercial areas in neighborhoods
    • Neighborhood connectivity to employment and shopping centers
  • Employment centers
    • Foster research activities
  • Manage water quality
    • Sustainability and incentives
  • Need public education

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Issues identified in meeting with Lee County Agencies, March 31, 2010

  • Provide better definition between urban and rural areas
    • Increase urban density; decrease rural density.
    •  Encourage agricultural uses – locally grown food
    • Incentivize area-wide stormwater management plans
  • Urban Transportation Issues
    • Urban-centered transit; park-and-ride, buses.
    • Road concurrency vs. urban areas
    • Funding source for mobility
    • Identify existing rail lines to explore transit options and possible urban redevelopment
    • Look at transit connections to airport
    • Need for continuing coordination for development of the airports
    • Roads still needed
  • Urban Redevelopment Issues
    • Water utilities may need redevelopment for increased urban demand
    • Type of solid waste collection systems, identified through plan amendments
    • Will increased urban density revive need for neighborhood, “walkable” parks
    • South Lee County solid waste transfer station(s)
    • Airport noise and adjacent development issues
  • Environmentally Sensitive Development
    • Consider integrated water resources plan
    • Irrigation water
    • Consider green building design incentives
    • Changes to species status (keeping the Lee Plan Current with Federal and State lists)
    • Water quality/EPA standards
      • External factors are important (Lake O, Everglades, flows down Caloosahatchee)
    • Evaluate enhanced Level Of Service standards for water quality standards
  • Fire Protection
    • Better notice to fire agencies on new permitting, including SFR
    • Don’t create wildfire interface issues, houses in the woods, eg. Briarcliff, Lehigh
    • Stable funding system for consistent level of fire service, less dependence on ad valorem
    • Unified fire districts
    • Consider tax/fee inequities for funding fire services
    • Consolidate fire review for building permits throughout Lee County
    • Call triage for emergency services to maximize efficiency
      • Lack of infrastructure east of I-75 along Corkscrew – fire protection/water supply

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