Reconnecting Lee County is a resource for anyone interested in transportation and community planning ideas that might fit our area. The movement toward greener transit-oriented planning is sweeping the country.
Below you will find a list of some of the most relevant sites we’ve discovered so far. We invite you to browse freely and to share any ideas that you find especially exciting. Please also share with us any other sites that might inspire revolutionary ideas for Lee County’s future.
- SWFL Sustainability
- Congress for the New Urbanism
- Federal Transit Administration: Transit-Oriented Development
- New Urbanism: Creating Livable Sustainable Communities
- Sustainable Communities Network
- Smart Growth Online
Mixed use walkable neighborhoods served by convenient public transportation are sometimes called “Transit-oriented Developments” (TOD). Visit the State of Florida’s new website on transit-oriented development: http://www.floridatod.com/
Check out the following link to see a good example that illustrates the Florida Department of Transportation’s mindset and cooperative effort towards achieving multi-modal mixed-use development. The project featured Park and Ride Facilities, sky-bridge to the adjacent Tri-Rail Station and Bus Transfer Station onsite. The mixed-use components included internet switching facilities, office building, hotel and retail. Also, the site has immediate access to I-95, thus the rationale for the Park and Ride Facility and link to the Tri-Rail Station. The land for the site is owned by FDOT and Swerdlow entered into a long term lease on the site. Also, due west of the site is Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport and Cypress Creek Corporate Park, which is an example of good land use planning that created the critical mass to support the multi-modal mixed-use site. http://www.swerdlow.com/cypress_intro.html
A well-written and timely article, submitted in connection with a recent land-use symposium Lee County in the Year 2035 – Back to the Future? is this paper by University of Florida law student Andrew Hoek, Lee County Facelift: Using Transit Oriented Development To Revitalize One Of Southwest Florida’s Most Historic Counties