Water-Related News

Lee board advances plan to allow business, commercial structures in wetlands

Lee County commissioners endorsed a land-use plan change that would allow commercial and industrial buildings to start popping up in areas that have historically been environmentally protected wetlands.

On a 3-0 vote, with Commissioner Frank Mann absent, the commissioners agreed to submit the proposed change in the county's comprehensive land-use plan to state agencies for nonbinding review.

The vote came after more than an hour of public testimony from supporters and opponents of the change.

Dialogue included a well-organized effort by developers, buttressed by their lawyers, engineers, builders and planners, to make the case for the change proposed by the county community development staff.

Supporters who addressed the commission repeatedly hit similar themes that the ordinance is no big change but any change it does makes is an improvement. Many employees of companies in the building trades were present in an industry show of support.