To the editor:
The following letter has been sent to members of the Cape Coral City Council:
Re: Proposed Rezoning Ordinance No. 20-13
Property Located at 2811 SW 20th Avenue, Cape Coral, Fl 33914
REQUEST THAT THE CITY COUNCIL HELP US MAINTAIN SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL (R1B) STATUS
We are writing this letter on behalf of local home owners in opposition to the proposed "Multi-Family Residential (R3)" site located at 2811 SW 20th Avenue, Cape Coral, Fl 33914, consisting of 3.4 acres. This property is surrounded by four streets of existing single-family homes, amidst hundreds of other residential homes. This area is located off SW 20th Avenue, which is a narrow two lane road running North and South. We also have two very narrow roads, 28th Street and 28th Terrace running East and West, on the North and South sides of the proposed site. We understand that the City of Cape Coral was instrumental in getting this (tract) of land changed under the "Future Land Use" criteria with the state of Florida. We ask that you reconsider this future land use determination to Multi-Family (R3) zoning and revert it back to Single-Family Residential (R1B) status.
We live here with our children and grandchildren, without city sidewalks or bike paths to provide safe walking & biking areas. Many children walk or ride their bikes to school, which already presents a dangerous situation for them without adding to the density of local traffic. We are extremely concerned for safety of our neighborhood.
We made "good faith" purchases of our homes in this locale, showing confidence in the City of Cape Coral. We ask, "Would you vote 'yes' for this type of rezoning change if this was in your own front or back yard?" We feel that changing this 3.4 acres to Multi-Family Residential (R3) zoning will endanger our children, along with the general "well being" of neighborhood citizens.
At the very minimum, we ask for a traffic capacity study of SW 20th Avenue, SW 28th Street, SW 28th Terrace, and SW 19th Avenue before a FINAL council vote is given. We feel confident that our narrow local streets were not originally designed with Multi-Family traffic density in mind.
In conclusion, we are asking you to VOTE "NO" on the April 29th public hearing regarding this matter in order to help protect and promote the general future safety of:
1) our quality of life
2) property value
3) property rights
4) density development.
Please help us retain the integrity of our neighborhood. Thank you for your time and consideration.
Opposing Home owners located at 2811 SW 20th Avenue
NOTE: Opposing home owner signatures will be recorded on file with the Cape Coral City Clerk's office before 4/29/13.