Published: Mar 01, 2011 6:51 PM EST
Updated: Mar 01, 2011 3:48 PM EST

NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla.-- A meeting planned for Tuesday night will allow residents to debate and discuss a proposed "town center-type" area in North Fort Myers.

The North Fort Myers Design Review/Planning Panel, Lee County staff, LaRue Planning & Management Services, and citizens in North Fort Myers are working together as part of a long-term effort to improve the look and feel of North Fort Myers.

The area located north of the river, east of US 41, and south of Pondella Road is currently home to a variety of commercial businesses, some of them closed, and large parking lots. The land was developed with traditional zoning, not allowing for maximum pedestrian friendliness or commercial vitality.

The Lee Plan, our county's guide to growth, envisions the Town Center area as a "destination for living, shopping, working and socializing."

The plan is still in it's early stages, but your input is requested before it moves forward.

Planners would like the public's help at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 1st at the Community of Christ Church at 368 Heron Road in North Fort Myers, off Cleveland Avenue and Pineapple Lane.

Those attending will be asked to comment on new codes that will take the North Fort Myers community plan from idea to reality.

Senior Planner Tony Palermo says there is currently "more want, than wallet" to this project. He's not sure where funding for such an undertaking would come from, but he says change is needed to bring life and economic growth back to the area.