In an effort to pump the brakes on accelerated growth and redevelopment in Naples, government leaders are addressing city regulations involving density and intensity issues and reassessing the site plan review process.
“I don’t think anyone would disagree that this community is changing,” said Naples City Manager Jay Boodheshwar. “The older structures — both single-family homes and commercial properties — are turning over. Their lifecycle, their lives here, have ended. Redevelopment needs to happen. This is a built-out community. The question is what does that new development, what does that redevelopment look like and how would it affect quality of life? Of course, everybody wants Naples to continue to be a great place and there are different ideas on how to do that.”
Hurricane Ian and the COVID-19 pandemic, which attracted more people to live in Naples and work remotely, accelerated the regional growth and the dire need to stay atop redevelopment, Boodheshwar said.
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