CAPE CORAL, Fla.- Some homeowners plan to fight a new major housing development proposed for northwest Cape Coral, saying it will erase the entire reason they chose to live there in the first place.
The proposed development would cover 200 acres near the corner of Tropicana Parkway and Nelson Road, right behind Mariner High School.
The land has been a cow pasture for years, but the developer wants to turn it into a single family housing community with more than 300 homes.
In order to do that, the city has to approve a re-zoning request which some residents hope gets denied.
The hundreds of acres of open land are surrounded by an old barbed wire fence, with dozens of cows roaming freely.
The view is actually what made Yvonne Tatsch and her family want to move to the area back in January.
“We bought this specific house because it is agriculture in front of us, and the lake views,” said Tatsch.
When Tatsch received a letter from the city last Friday saying a developer plans to build on the lot, she was anything but thrilled.
“Not real happy about it, it says something about ‘marketplace residential’ that’s going in right in front of our home and I believe that’s businesses, and we really didn’t want to be around businesses that’s why we bought out here.”
The proposed development called Stonewater would feature a maximum of 307 single family homes along with two recreation centers. It also calls for the possibility of future development of commercial real estate.
“Definitely is going to change the view that I have, it played a big role of us purchasing this house, possibly could make us decide to like somewhere else to live,” said resident Tim Kenaga.
Located right next to a Lee County school bus barn, Tatsch says traffic in the mornings and afternoons is already bad, she’s worried what it will mean if 300 new homes are added to the mix.
“If it builds up, it’s just going to make it even worse for me to get out of my driveway,” said Tatsch.
WINK News reached out to the developer, a man named Ronald Inge, to hear what he had to say but he has not returned our call.
The city will be holding a public hearing on this project in two weeks at the May 11 council meeting.
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