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Adoption hearing set for Aug. 21 for Lee County Land Use Plan amendment to allow mining on Troyer Brothers property along SR 82

On Wednesday, Aug. 21, Lee County Commissioners will hold a public hearing to consider the proposed rezoning of the Troyer Brothers property on SR82 to permit mining operations for up to 35 years. Members of the public who appeared before the Hearing Examiner in the initial public hearing on this case are eligible to participate in the public comment portion of the meeting at 9:30 a.m. at the Lee County Board of County Commissioners in Commission Chambers at the Old Courthouse, 2120 Main St. in Fort Myers.

Additionally, the Lee County Board of County Commissioners will also hold a public hearing to consider the adoption of the proposed amendments to the Lee County Comprehensive Land Use Plan, or Lee Plan, during the same hearing. This portion of the meeting is open to all members of the public wishing to comment on the proposal Lee Plan amendments.

The Board proposed to adopt an ordinance amending the Lee Plan as follows:

  • Amend Map 14 to add land from within the Troyer Brothers property to the Future Limerock Mining Overlay and corresponding industrial acreage to Table 1(b). The Troyer Brothers property is approximately 1,804 acres.
  • Redesignate 453 acres, a portion of the Troyer Brothers property, from DR/GR and Wetlands to Conservation Lands on the Future Land Use Map.

The rezoning and proposed amendments have been strongly and uniformly opposed by a wide range of community groups during public hearings. Among the groups and organizations that spoke or wrote letters with concerns about the proposal are the Conservancy of Southwest Florida, Sakata Seed America, the Village of Estero, the Estero Council of Community Leaders (ECCL), the Audubon Society, the People of Lee County, the Cape Coral Friends of Wildlife, the Sierra Club, the Florida Wildlife Federation and the Eyes on Conservation 20/20 Coalition.

For more information, visit http://nomineon82.com/.

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