Burnt Store at crossroads

Developers seek to accelerate planned growth

The developer funded Burnt Store Area Plan recommends a comprehensive approach to the development in the Burnt Store Area

The plan includes input from over 400 Charlotte County residents who attended meetings regarding this initiative. One of the key issues is the $4oM widening of Burnt Store Road, which is not on Charlotte County's radar screen until 2015. This Burnt Store Area Plan recommends the acceleration of this infrastructure project by 5 years to accommodate the ever growing number of vehicles.

The plan also calls for the expanding of Charlotte County's Urban Service Area along Burnt Store Road from Rt 41 to the Lee County line. This expansion is key for developer interests as it changes the density use of property in the corridor.

When the posturing is over, I suspect this issue will ultimately be resolved by what else but money. When development interests agree to step up and fund the road widening, Charlotte County will agree to expand the Urban Service Area.

We have been bullish on the Burnt Store Lakes and Marina communities for quite some time particularly with the sewer and water utilities in place that are lacking just over the Lee County line in Northwest Cape Coral.

Money is key to growth of Burnt Store [Sun-Herald]

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