CAPE CORAL, Fla. – The City of Cape Coral is laying the groundwork for future commercial development on the Burnt Store Rd. corridor.
That may include saying “no” to some businesses.
“At the end of the day, we need development here,” said John Bashaw, President of the Northwest Cape Neighborhood Association.
Based on proposed zoning, the City anticipates more restaurants and shopping centers to support the growing population. Several parcels of land north of Van Buren Pkwy. could be the home to a business park or distribution center.
“That way we don’t have to travel so far,” said Cape resident Tom Purple.
The City is also considering saying “no” to certain businesses like drive thru’s, car washes and storage facilities. Leaders want to make this area standout from the rest of the City.
“We don’t need them (car washes) to be the gateway to our city,” said long-time resident Sam Yaffey. The City will also need to look at utilities in the Northwest Cape.
A spokesperson said all of the proposals will reach City Council in the late Spring or early Summer of 2023.