Property owners who wish to remove trees from
agriculturally zoned property for bona fide agricultural use must obtain a
Notice of Clearing from Environmental Sciences prior to commencement of any land
clearing activities. Documentation verifying intent to use the property for
bona fide agricultural purposes must be included with the Notice of Clearing application
Properties classified as agricultural for ad
valorem taxation purposes pursuant to Florida Statutes 193.461(3)(b), also known
as agricultural (green-belt) tax exemption, are not required to obtain an
approved Notice of Clearing from Lee County. Call 239-533-8585 to obtain the tax-exempt status of a parcel.
If an application to rezone a parcel is
filed within three years from the date the most recent Notice of Clearing was
issued, and the rezoning is granted, the applicable open space requirements of
Chapter 10, Lee
County Land Development Code (LDC)
, must be satisfied in the following
- A sufficient number of trees listed in Appendix E (LDC) must be placed, planted and maintained consistent with
Section 14-384(a)(1)-(4) to the extent that such minimum open space requirements
cannot be satisfied by then-existing natural forest.
- Such reforestation as required in LDC Section 14-377(a)(1) shall be satisfied by
imposing the necessary conditions to any final development order issued at any
time within eight years after the land in question is rezoned.