Neighbors against proposed zoning code in Cape Coral

Neighbors in southwest Cape Coral don’t want to see new development in their backyards, but the city proposed changes to zoning in the four corners area near Agualinda Boulevard and Beach Parkway.

Neighbors made posters and hundreds of flyers, with dozens of people hoping to rally the neighborhood to fight the proposed change.

“We discussed whether not we want to stay or not,” Randy Landers said.

Landers is among neighbors who are against the potential for hundreds of apartments being built down the street from his house. The concern centers around a four-corner intersection in Cape Coral.

“We put our life investment into this home, moved here 13 months ago,” Landers said. “And I have no interest in seeing my property values go down.”

Just minutes away, Jim Michalski has a sticker on the back of his car. It urges neighbors to attend the council meeting next week.

“We’re really concerned about that and our property values,” Michalski said. “And the influx that 510 units, possibly two vehicles per unit, which would come out to over 1000 vehicles, would do to our neighborhood.”

The four corners are listed for multi-family and commercial development. The current zoning code would allow for 238 multi-family units to be developed on three of the four corners, which is the maximum in the code.

The new proposal would update the code to allow for hundreds more apartment units.

That’s why neighbors are rallying together to stop council’s proposed change. Neighbors told WINK News they plan to pass out flyers in their neighborhood and go to the council chambers for the next meeting.

Council has to vote unanimously to pass the proposed code changes, and that won’t happen until March at the earliest.

Reporter:Brooke Shafer
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