Successes & Accomplishments
NWNA’s accomplishments and continuous oversight of commercial development represents the cornerstone of our mission. Since 2004, it has been our practice to get involved early in commercial activity affecting our neighborhoods to assure that our feedback and recommendations are part of the City’s planning and decision-making process. A short-list of our undertakings includes:
- Actively involved in the Burnt Store widening project details. Safety modifications of the original design were added at the request of the NWNA. Membership is periodically informed as construction progresses.
- Participated as a sponsor in the annual spring clean-up at Burnt Store Boat Ramp since 2004 in conjunction with Keep Lee County Beautiful and the Great American Clean-Up/Trash Bash. It is a great opportunity to meet your neighbors.
- Active in what the 7 islands will be developed into, and its MX7 Zoning.
- Evaluated 13 large land use changes in 2010, approving 12 and proposing revision to another that was accepted by the city.
- Six miles of bike lanes installed on selected four-lane roads west of Burnt Store Road during July 2005 are enjoyed today as a result of NWNA’s direct involvement with the City. Additional reallocation and repainting of walking lanes and biking areas were added in 2017.
- NWNA’s continued surveying and lobbying of the Northwest Spreader Canal initiative, the City reinstituted a dredging program in 2015 to restore depth to the Spreader and side canals to allow safe passage of our boating community.
- NWNA established its Development Review Committee during January 2006 to monitor and oversee prospective development projects and proposed changes encompassing Land Use and Zoning District classifications within NWNA’s boundaries.
- NWNA members took part in a survey regarding the South Segment (from south of Tropicana to Pine Island) options. Option 1 was chosen by more than 75% of the respondents and was, ultimately, approved.
- Dedication of Joe Stonis Park during January 2008 was the direct result of NWNA’s substantial lobbying. Our Parks Committee was a driving force in the park’s design.
- NWNA was the driving force behind the paving of 29 miles of roads in the north west during 2015 and 2016. Unpaved roads were inventoried by the NWNA and submitted to the City.
- Based on continuous surveying, lobbying, and requests, the City reinstituted a dredging program in 2015 to restore depth to the Northwest Spreader and side canals to allow safe passage of our boating community.
- Fostered neighborhood-friendly land use regulations and architectural design standards for commercial and mixed use development.
- Implemented ‘Petition Drive’ year end 2010 to deny reconstruction of the Ceitus Barrier/Boat lift.
- Participated in the design for new area parks and subsequent enhancements.
- Collaborated with the city to install bike lanes in our northwest community.
- Approval was received in late 2018 for a new "Luxury RV Park" at Tranquility Lake, after ensuring that the developers would attend to concerns raised by neighbors of the park.
- After many months of discussions between NWNA members, as well as other citizens, and City Council, a franchise agreement was reached between the city and LCEC for our electrical rates.
- The modular home controversy hit Cape Coral when a builder installed a modular home on Kismet Pkwy, next to $400,000 and $500,000 homes. Many of the neighborhood voiced their complaints and NWNA's Jay LaGace helped to negotiate an agreement that modular homes must blend in with the surrounding neighborhood.