Update:On April 17, the Lee Board of County Commissioners held a transmittal hearing for the Lee Plan amendments. The transmittal hearing was the first of two public hearings before the Board. At this hearing, the Board voted 3-1 to transmit the proposed Lee Plan amendments to the State for further review by the State Land Planning Agency (Department of Economic Opportunity) and other State reviewing agencies. The amendments are not approved by the Board until the adoption hearing.
In order to broaden public understanding on the upcoming meeting on limerock mining and the proposed changes to the Lee County Comprehensive Plan, we have established these informational pages to provide you with the facts associated with these amendments.
Specifically, the proposed amendments remove an "economic necessity" component currently contained in the mining section of the Lee County Comprehensive Plan, which is contrary to a free-market economy. This "economic necessity" requirement is a non-traditional regulation that has been historically applied. The comp plan amendments being considered would eliminate the existing system, which triggers potential legal challenges and liability based on the market interference.
The removal of Map 14 has been the subject of many public discussions. A mining application's approval is not affected by Map 14's existence. Map 14 boundaries were always subject to change based on the comprehensive plan amendment process. Any mining application could be approved if the application is consistent with the Lee Plan. Chapter 12
of the county's Land Development Code establishes the true criteria for evaluation of a mining application. Chapter 12
provides a comprehensive and stringent set of regulations for mining that address compatibility of mines and the potential negative environmental impacts that could arrive from mining operations. All other mine-related requirements remain in effect to protect water quality, habitat and quality of life.
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4/4/19 - Limerock Mining Public Education Open House
4/2/19 - Launch of Mining Amendment Site
Have more questions?
- TBD - Adoption Hearing at Board Zoning, 2120 Main Street, starting at 9:30 a.m.
Meetings that have occurred
April 17, 2019 - Transmittal Hearing at Board Zoning, 2120 Main Street, starting at 9:30 a.m.[Meeting Agenda Packet] [Meeting Video]
April 10, 2019 - Open House, 1500 Monroe Street, Fort Myers, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. [Meeting Information]
March 13, 2019 - Executive Regulatory Oversite Committee - discussed land Development Code Amendments [Draft Minutes]
March 8, 2019 - Land Development Code Advisory Committee -discussed land Development Code Amendments
[Draft Minutes] [Audio Recording]
January 28, 2019 - Lee County Planning Agency - discussed Lee Plan Amendments
[Meeting Minutes] [Audio Recording Part 1] [Audio Recording Part 2]
December 17th, 2018 - Lee County Planning Agency - discussed Lee Plan Amendments
[Meeting Minutes] [Audio Recording]
This webpage is intended to provide the facts associated with these amendments. If any of your questions are not answered above, please send your question to email@example.com and include “Mining” in the subject line or call 239-533-8585 for additional information.
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