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Residents have two more opportunities to help plan the Cape

By Staff | Feb 23, 2011

Cape Coral residents will have two more opportunities to talk to city planners and provide input on how they think Cape Coral should look in the future. The upcoming public workshops provide a unique opportunity for residents to provide their opinion on these questions and get involved in the planning process.
“The evaluation of our Comprehensive Plan only is required every seven years, so this opportunity does not come around very often,” said Derek Burr, Cape Coral’s Planning and Growth Management Manager. “The city’s planning staff really wants to hear from our citizens about what they think would make Cape Coral a better city for themselves and their families.”
The next workshop will be Tuesday, March 1 at the Northwest Public Library from 6:30-8 p.m. The library is located at 519 Chiquita Boulevard. The final workshop is Friday, March 4, at the Cape Coral Library from 9-11 a.m. The library is at 921 S.W. 39th Terrace.
The city’s first public workshop on Feb. 17 at City Hall was poorly attended. City staff is encouraging residents to recognize the important role they can play in planning for Cape Coral’s future and stop by one of the remaining workshops.
“We want this to be a community-driven process, and the only way for that to occur is for our residents to come out and join us at these next two workshops,” said Burr. “We are evaluating and appraising where we are as a city and where we want to go. We need the public’s input to guide us.”
Citizens also can participate online by completing the online questionnaire. The city has set up a special website to solicit input. Residents can go to www.planthecape.com and click on the link to the questionnaire in the left column.
The city is working in partnership with the FGCU SW Florida Center for Public and Social Policy to host the workshops. For more information on the workshops, call the Center at (239) 590-7850 or email Margaret Banyan at mbanyan@fgcu.edu.