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First hearings on Seven Isles zoning set for Monday

By Staff | Apr 12, 2019

The Cape Coral City Council will begin discussion on creating a new zoning district for waterfront acreage it owns in the north Cape.

The first public hearings will be held for the creation of a Seven Islands zoning district, which would establish a mixed-use district and provide guidance as what would be developed there.

The zoning and change in the land use map would allow for some of the tallest buildings in the city, a maximum of 115 feet or eight stories.

The MX7 district would be placed solely on the 50.72-acre property and would set parameters that include 995 dwelling units, 240 hotel rooms and 26 other uses designed to complement the development, with a maximum of 110,000 square feet of non-residential.

At the April 3 Planning & Zoning meeting, the commission voted unanimously to recommend approval of the Ordinance. No members of the public provided testimony at the hearing.

A first public hearing also will be held Monday on a companion ordinance that would initiate a rezone to the MX7 district.

The land was purchased by the city in 2012 as part of an $13 million, 652-acre land buy, which was paid for by funds from the city’s stormwater and utility fees.

Though highly controversial at the time, considering it was done during the end of the recession, the city purchased the land at 60 percent market value, with Seven Islands the crown jewel of that purchase.

IN other business at Monday’s regular City Council meeting, Mayor Joe Coviello will initiate a discussion on traffic safety features at the Oasis School Complex, which houses three of the four city charter schools.

Only a handful of students walk or ride their bikes to schools, and some were concerned that the installation of a mid-block crossing in this location could provide a false sense of security for pedestrians using the crosswalk during off-school hours.

Staff recommends installing new signage indicating the presence of pedestrians in the school zone and indicating school zone hours to replace “When Children present” signs, and to hire a full-time crossing guard at a single location, the mid-block area.

Public Works researched and found no history of crashes attributed to the school zone or crossing movement, and staff recommends the use of a crossing guard during school hours.

If a mid-block crosswalk is installed, staff recommends the installation of a pedestrian activated flashing beacon to notify drivers of the crossing pedestrian. The crosswalk could be installed in four to six months, according to a document from Public Works that addressed crossing concerns.

Cape Coral Council meeting at held in the Council Chambers at City Hall at 1015 Cultural Park Blvd. Meetings begin at 4:30 p.m.