For North Captiva's amendments to the Lee County Comprehensive Land Use Plan, click on the icon below. The specific amendments for North Captiva are found under Goal 25 of the Lee Plan. To see the entire Lee Plan go to http://www3.leegov.com/dcd/LeePlan/Leeplan.pdf
--WEB BASED VERSION OF UPPER CAPTIVA PLAN FOR WEBTV USERS--
GOAL 25: NORTH CAPTIVA (Upper Captiva). The North Captiva Community seeks to preserve
its character, scale, fragile environment, and way of life by guiding future
land use; transportation and roads;
conservation and coastal management; Safety Harbor; shore and water quality,
water and waste management; open space, recreation, and quality of life; and
citizen participation and community education.
OBJECTIVE 25.1: FUTURE LAND USE. Preserve the traditional character, scale,
and tranquility of the North Captiva community by continuing to limit the
densities and intensities of use and development to sustainable levels that
will not adversely impact the natural environment or overburden the existing
POLICY 25.1.1: The owner or agent for any rezoning, variance
or special exception request within the North Captiva community must conduct at
least one duly noticed public informational meeting on North Captiva where the
owner or agent will provide a general overview of the project and answer questions
from interested citizens. Lee County
encourages zoning staff to participate in such public workshops. This meeting must be conducted before the
application can be found sufficient. A
minimum of ten days written notice of the public meeting must be given to the officers
of the Upper Captiva Civic Association.
The applicant is fully responsible for providing the meeting space and
providing security measures as needed.
Subsequent to this meeting, the applicant must provide County staff and
the Upper Captiva Civic Association with a meeting summary document that
contains the following information: the date, time, and location of the
meeting; a list of attendees; a summary of the concerns or issues that were
raised at the meeting; and a proposal for how the applicant will respond to any
issues that were raised.
POLICY 25.1.2: Variances should be
limited to unique, specifically authorized circumstances and be allowed only in
situations where unnecessary hardship would otherwise occur; i.e., where all of
the following criteria are met:
the hardship cannot be corrected by other means allowed in the ordinances;
strict compliance with the applicable regulations allows the property owner no
reasonable use of the property;
(c) the variance will not constitute a grant of
special privilege inconsistent with the limitation upon uses of other
properties located on the same street and within the same Future Land Use
category, unless denial of the variance would allow no reasonable use of the
the applicant did not cause the need for the variance, and;
the variance is not contrary to the spirit of the Land Development Code.
POLICY 25.1.3: The
North Captiva community will draft and submit regulations or policies for Lee
County to review, amend or establish as Land Development Code regulations applicable
to North Captiva, based upon the unique nature of the community, its status as
a bridgeless barrier island, the limitations on supporting infrastructure, and
the seasonal nature of the demand upon public facilities.
POLICY 25.1.4: The
location of North Captiva provides a view of the night sky that is virtually
unparalleled in Lee County. Lee County and
the North Captiva community will adopt and maintain land development
regulations applicable to exterior residential and commercial lighting as a
means to limit light pollution, light trespass and its potential detrimental
effects on wildlife.
TRANSPORTATION AND PATHWAYS. Ensure that the character of
North Captiva is retained while providing adequate facilities for ingress,
egress, and intra-island transportation consistent with property rights.
POLICY 25.2.1: Lee
County will cooperate with the North Captiva community in the location and
provision of public boat ramps, access facilities, and parking for the purpose
of providing access to North Captiva from Pine Island and the mainland. Access should be both convenient and
cost-effective for residents and their guests.
Any costs to island residents must be minimized.
POLICY 25.2.2: Lee County will collaborate with the North
Captiva community in maintaining its pathway system.
Except for emergency events, public purposes, approved community needs,
and permitted heavy construction equipment, internal combustion powered
vehicles are banned from all pathways on North Captiva. Lee County will provide enforcement for this
POLICY 25.2.4: The
North Captiva community will collaborate with Lee County to develop, maintain,
and enforce pathway, fire, safety standards.
CONSERVATION AND COASTAL MANAGEMENT. Preserve, protect and enhance
the natural resources, wildlife habitat, and natural beauty of North Captiva,
by maintaining diverse and healthy native vegetation, clear offshore waters,
diverse and abundant native marine life, wildlife resources, and by minimizing
harm resulting from human activity.
POLICY 25.3.1: The
North Captiva community will work with Lee County to support the efforts of the
Federal and State authorities to preserve, protect, and enhance its positive
environmental qualities. Lee County will
involve the North Captiva community organizations in the planning process and
will enforce these policies through land development regulations, if necessary.
POLICY 25.3.2: The North Captiva community and Lee County
will cooperate tosupport the State of Florida’s efforts to protect and
preserve the distinct environmental resources on North Captiva to the greatest
extent possible, while addressing the other defined needs and objectives of the
community. These resources include but
are not limited to:
beach dune system, beach dune vegetation, and beach dune wildlife
dunes, beaches, and coastal scrub vegetation
dune wildlife, including shorebird nesting habitat and sea turtle habitat
marine habitat, including sea grass beds and fisheries
POLICY 25.3.3: It
is the intent of the North Captiva community that, except for emergency events,
public purposes, and human powered vehicles, vehicular traffic be banned from
all beaches on North Captiva.
POLICY 25.3.4: The North Captiva community and Lee County
will cooperate to stop the proliferation of exotic vegetation and nuisance
OBJECTIVE 25.4: WATER AND WASTE MANAGEMENT.
Ensure a high quality of living by managing natural resources and waste
products in a way that is sustainable, cost effective, and agreeable to island
residents and island taxpayers.
POLICY 25.4.1:The North Captiva community and Lee County
will cooperate toconduct afeasibility
study of cisterns and other water conservation systems, the long-term
development of an island-wide potable water system, and thedevelopment of an island-wide
wastewater treatment system. The
feasibility study will include, but not limited to, costs estimates, new or
innovative technologies, and funding assistance.
POLICY 25.4.2: The
North Captiva community and Lee County will cooperate to conduct a potable
water hydrology study to support potable water planning.
POLICY 25.4.3: Lee County will review,
document, and compile a report on existing solid waste management practices and
future options for the North Captiva community.
This report will focus on residential, commercial, construction,
horticulture, and special waste.
Following this report, Lee County will present programmatic options that
could be implemented to provide the North Captiva island community with a more
comprehensive and uniform solid waste management system.
OBJECTIVE 25.5: OPEN SPACE, RECREATION, AND QUALITY OF LIFE.
Lee County will seek to promote, protect, and enhance existing and potential
open space, minimal recreational facilities and the quality of life for
residents and visitors to North Captiva.
The intent of these efforts is to enrich the island's aesthetic
qualities while preserving its fragile barrier island character. At the same time, Lee County will consider
the demands on a the island’s limited infrastructure.
POLICY 25.5.1: The North Captiva community and Lee County
cooperate to preserve, protect, and enhance open space, passive recreation
areas, and beach access points, regardless of size on North Captiva. This may be accomplished by Lee County
acquiring property or conservation easements on private lands or vacant lots.
POLICY 25.5.2: The North Captiva community and Lee County
will cooperate in the community’s efforts to obtain an accessible community
facility and library for the purposes of meeting, recreation, and community
POLICY 25.5.3: The
North Captiva community will work with Lee County, the State of Florida, and
the National Parks Service and other agencies to provide appropriate new or
enhanced greenways, ecological corridors, or recreational trail systems. These opportunities may include passive parks
or nature and pedestrian trails, and may be developed through public/private
25.6: CITIZEN PARTICIPATION AND
COMMUNITY EDUCATION. The North Captiva community will seek to
enhance the community character, sustain natural resources, and involve the
public in decisions that affect them, by providing educational and
POLICY 25.6.1: Lee County will work with the North
Captiva community to establish an electronic Document Clearing House, where
copies of selected documents will be available.
These documents will include permit applications, variance requests,
staff reports, Hearing Examiner recommendations and resolutions, administrative
variances, and changes to the Lee Plan and Land Development Code for any
development on North Captiva, barrier islands, and Pine Island Sound. The county’s failure to provide or to provide
in a timely manner a document to the Document Clearing House, or failure of the
Document Clearing house to receive documents, will not constitute a defect in
notice or bar a public hearing from occurring as scheduled.
POLICY 25.6.2: Lee
County will involve the North Captiva community in planning processes that
relate specifically to North Captiva and generally to barrier islands, island
ingress and egress, and other changes that may affect the island and its
Through the Document Clearinghouse Lee County will provide notice to the
North Captiva island community of proposed actions (i.e. zoning, construction
projects) to be considered or undertaken by Lee County that will impact the
Upon request Lee County will collaborate with the North Captiva island
community to develop an understanding of natural resources by providing
educational programs on energy conservation, solid waste management, hazardous
waste, surface water runoff, septic maintenance, water conservation,
xeriscaping, green building, harbor management, cultural resources, and
history. The site for these programs
will be located on North Captiva
OBJECTIVE 25.7: PUBLIC SAFETY.
Preserve the character of North Captiva by providing for a law
enforcement presence on North Captiva island.
POLICY 25.7.1: The
North Captiva Community will encourage the Lee County Sheriff’s Office to be
present during special events and during periods of high occupancy on North
Captiva. The North Captiva community
will work to identify housing and other resources as necessary in support of
POLICY 25.7.2: Lee
County will continue to ensure viable hurricane evacuation and emergency
communication options for the residents and other affected persons.
POLICY 1.4.2: The
Outer Islands are sparsely settled, have minimal existing or planned
infrastructure, and are very distant from major shopping and employment centers. Except for those services as provided in
compliance with other sections of this plan, they are not expected to be
programmed to receive urban-type capital improvements in the time frame of this
plan, and as such can anticipate a continued level of public services below
that of other land use categories. The
continuation of the Outer Islands essentially in their present character is
intended to provide for a rural character and lifestyle, and conserve open space
and important natural upland resources. Maximum density is one dwelling unit
per acre (1 du/acre).