Immokalee Master Plan Restudy moving forward

Anita Jenkins, Principal Planner with Collier County Growth Management Planning & Regulation (right) explains potential changes to the 2018 Immokalee Area Master Plan Restudy. (Submitted photo/Travis Anderson)

Led by the Community Redevelopment Agency, the Immokalee Area Master Plan Restudy (IAMP) is once again undergoing proposed changes.

Collier County leaders held four workshops in February in an effort to bring awareness to some of the changes over the 2012 IAMP.

In previous years, the IAMP was met with controversy after some area residents and business owners raised concerns over the impact potential changes may have caused.

For example, while some felt that businesses along Main Street would have been required to fall in line with design and architectural standards that were being imposed, others felt that changes would have negatively impacted property values.

Fast-forward six years and county leaders are once again looking at revisions that bring back some of those same concerns as Immokalee continues to establish its own identity separate from Naples.

However, Anita Jenkins, Principal Planner with Collier County Growth Management Planning & Regulation said that the IAMP is simply a roadmap for where Immokalee may go in the future and is not something that prohibits change in the zoning process. In essence, the IAMP lays out the framework for how future zoning is created and simplifies the process for future growth and development.

The new IAMP proposal reflects an expectation that an industrial mixed-use zone will flank the Immokalee Regional Airport to the south, west, and north. Additionally, more acreage will be designed for tourism-related industry on the north side of Lake Trafford.

Before county leaders move forward, there will be two additional public meetings held in March which will highlight some of the recommendations that staff has received based on the current proposal. Those meetings will be held on March 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Career Source located at 750 South 5th Street and on March 29, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Immokalee Community Park located at 321 North 1st Street.

Recommendations and additional comments may be submitted to Collier County Growth Management via email at IAMPrestudy@colliercountyfl.gov.

Travis can be reached at ibnews@newszap.com

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