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Zoning request sought for Gully Creek project

July 26, 2017
By CHUCK BALLARO (news@breezenewspapers.com) , North Fort Myers Neighbor

A proposed development between Slater and Williams roads was among the agenda items discussed by the North Fort Myers Design Review Panel at its last meeting.

Owners of the proposed Gully Creek development are looking to build up to 330 homes in an area currently zoned for agriculture. They hope to rezone the site to allow for residential.

Concerns brought up at the July 11 panel meeting included traffic on Slater Road, which is a two-lane road in a rural area, and having such density on a 67-acre parcel in an agricultural area.

The panel approved a no-objection, provided a traffic study and more developed drawings be done in future meetings.

Dick Thomas, the chairman of the panel, said the panel exists to provide a forum for residents and others to voice their opinions. The decisions of the panel aren't binding. It is more of an advisory board that issues recommendations for the county to consider.

"It's all very preliminary. It showed the project idea but had no design in terms of the final parcels or platting. It was simply to rezone the parcel. After that, it has to have a developer develop it and go for whatever permitting they need," Thomas said. "That's in the future."

What came out was the feeling that it would change the nature of the neighborhood significantly.

"People had problems with the density and the potential for traffic on both roads. Also, having a residential development in an agricultural area," Thomas said.

The recommendations from the board and the residents go back to those seeking the application. The request to rezone goes to the county with the minutes from the meeting to show the proposal was presented to the public with the comments, Thomas said.

Staff will make its recommendations before it goes to the commissioners for a vote to change the zoning, Thomas said.

The North Fort Myers Community Planning and Design Review panels meet the first Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. at the North Fort Myers Rec Center. The July meeting was held on the second Tuesday because of the July 4 holiday.



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