Published: May 13, 2011 11:54 PM EDT
Updated: May 13, 2011 4:26 PM EDT

Lee county will hold the final meeting on the land development codes in the new Lehigh Acres Community plan on Saturday.   Planners say it mandates new standards for architecture, landscaping and signs.   It also calls for new duplexes to be more attractive.   It even has a provision to allow food vending carts, which are not allowed now.

"This will make the community more attractive to developers and to the eyes of visitors and residents," said Kathie Ebaugh, principal planner for Lee Co.

"This is an attempt to have multi-use areas in the community, so people can live work and play in one general area, and not have to drive miles to go to a store," said planner Tony Palermo.

"I like the better look and all, but what we really need is jobs and more stores," said Joan Patterson, a Lehigh resident for several decades.   "I wish the county would put their time and effort into getting an outlet mall for Lehigh.   That would really help us.   Then I would not have to drive to Ft. Myers to get a pair of shoes!"

Marie Rooney agrees that looks are important, but Lehigh's ails go far deeper.   "It's going to take a long time to come back.  There are so many empty houses.   So many run-down areas," she told WINK.

The meeting Saturday will be held at the library on Gunnery Rd., starting at 9:30 AM.