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Pools, other structures on Council agenda

By CHUCK BALLARO - | Sep 10, 2020

The Cape Coral City Council will have several important issues to decide on during its regular meeting Monday at City Hall, the last regular meeting before the new budget is ratified.

The council also is expected to vote on changes to the Land Development Code regarding attached and detached garages which will change the maximum allowable size of detached garages from 1,000 square feet to the maximum square footage of the first floor of the principal residence.

It will also clarify the standards for when a garage is attached when a breezeway or common wall connection is used, establishes standards for garages located in the rear, and allows for a toilet in detached garages.

It will also consider an ordinance repealing and replacing regulations in the Land Development Code for swimming pools, spas, and hot tubs, allowing them to be placed in the side yard.

In a memo, City Manager Rob Hernandez said the backyard limit has resulted in problems with canal front lots and corner lots where the home is placed at an angle to the intersection.

The change would allow for better design flexibility for homeowners and pool designers, though it would require a 10-foot setback and the requirements for fencing and screening would be unchanged.

The council also will consider a resolution removing the public comment portion of the meeting before the consent agenda.

Oftentimes, people who come up to speak during the consent agenda comments talk about other things instead of the consent agenda, rather than in citizens input.

Council would like to move the two opportunities for public input into one so everyone can give their input at the same time and eliminate the confusion and time wasted by the mayor having to redirect a speaker.

The practice of comment on the consent agenda was added a few years ago, so having one input opportunity is not new.

The city council will also decide on a resolution to the Four Mile Cove Ecological Preserve Management Plan put together by the city and the Department of Environmental Protection.

The preserve, which is owned by the state, is required to have a land management plan and it must be updated every 10 years.

Cape Coral City Council meets at 4:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 1015 Cultural Park Blvd.