The Vision: Back to the Future

City forefathers have long recognized the critical importance of enforcing zoning regulations in preserving the charm and character of Naples.


Wise and rigidly enforced zoning regulations, as well as a remarkable community spirit, have protected Naples from the pitfalls into which some Florida resort communities have fallen.
— Zucks Miami Daily News travel writer 1958, quote published in Gulfshore Life November 2015

Why Get Involved?

 Naples is at a Critical Juncture

We can appreciate the role development has and can be expected to play in moving Naples forward, we feel it is critical, however, that development be accomplished consistent with the city of Naples 2007 Vision and Comprehensive Plans, the City of Naples Charter and Land Development Codes.

Several projects have been approved which involve major variances, deviations and/or concessions --- all of which represent substantial financial benefit accruing to the developer while the benefit to the community is far less certain.  We are very concerned about the erosion in the integrity of the Comprehensive Plan and Land Development (Zoning) codes. And we are concerned that the cost of the infrastructure to support the development has not been adequately accounted for.

Stormwater management represents a huge—and very costly-- challenge for the city of Naples. Many of the lakes in the city of Naples which are an integral part of the stormwater management system require substantial and costly mitigation and Naples Bay  is considered impaired by the State of Florida due to excessive nutrients, bacteria, and heavy metals – attributable to excessive stormwater runoff. According to a recent city council agenda memorandum "the stormwater beach outflows  are also a major concern for several reasons  –including poor water quality, accelerated beach erosion, frequent maintenance and flooding of Gulf Shore Boulevard.." and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection has indicated that they will withhold the issuing a beach renourishment permit unless the City has a plan to remove them. Accordingly, the city has amended its “Stormwater Management Plan” to include removing the outfalls---potentially at a cost of over $10,000,000 dollars.

Meanwhile projects are being approved which have the potential to further exacerbate an already very challenging stormwater management situation.

82% of Naples citizens responding to the Naples Daily News poll were in support of City Council reversing its decision on the proposed mixed use development in the 400 block on Fifth Avenue.



RESOURCES

The Planning Department is responsible for the City of Naples Comprehensive Plan, as well as the review process for granting zoning variances, planned developments, rezone requests and other land-use issues.

The City of Naples Planning Department is located at 295 Riverside Circle, just south of the Police Department. Robin Singer, Director of Planning and the Planning Staff can be reached by phone at 239-213-1050, or by fax at 239-213-1045 or by email.

Zoning Map – to find the zoning, setbacks, height, permitted and conditional uses of a specific property enter the address (example - 555 5th Ave S), click on the property and then click on "view pdf" for the zoning district standards.

Stormwater Lakes Management Plan

Status of the Lakes

March 2016 Stormwater Management RFP 16-032

The following reference materials are available on the City of Naples web site at www.naplesgov.com.