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Fort Myers Beach Land Development Code

Fort Myers Beach

After incorporation, the Town of Fort Myers Beach FL needed to completely revise its land development code to implement a new comprehensive plan. The new plan revolved around a community design element that described how physical pieces of the town (open spaces, buildings, streets, and paths) work together to create a distinct local character amidst a tourism economy. The new code, adopted in 2003, uses a combination of conventional zoning districts for its stable neighborhoods plus form-based zoning districts for its redevelopment areas. All zoning districts use a streamlined method of assigning land uses. Mandatory design standards are provided for commercial buildings, replacing difficult-to-enforce design guidelines. This code is administered by town staff, replacing a system where nearly every approval required approval by the Town Council.


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