Seven Islands Visioning Project
The Seven Islands development is located in the southwest area of the Northwest Cape. The Seven Islands development is approximately 48 acres including seven 'islands' and 46 adjoining properties located along Old Burnt Store Road. The study area is generally bounded on the west by the Spreader Canal, on the north by the St. Michel Canal, on the east by Old Burnt Store Road, and on the south by Southwest 2nd Street.
The Northwest Cape Coral Planning and Seven Island Visioning project is led by CPH, Inc., with the firm's particular focus on land planning, policy, urban design and infrastructure. Members of the team include:
•DixHite Partners: design policy, visioning and urban design
•Stuart and Associates: land planning, economics and communications
•PlanActive Studio: form base code and design policy recommendations
What Does It Mean To NW Cape Residents
Over the summer of 2017, City Council approved a Land Use change to Mixed Use for the Seven Islands. It has been approved at the state level. The city is working on a zoning overlay for the Seven Islands to detail what will go on the Seven Islands. The city is saying that zoning will mirror what is called for in the concepts that council approved last year with a marina, a boutique hotel, condos and some shops and restaurants. It will be a Seven Islands Specific Overlay and Zoning District. The issue here is whether the existing residents closest to the proposed development feel that these structures will fit with their homes and properties.
There had been talk about swapping the Seven Islands for the Old Golf Course land but the NWNA forwarded a letter to Council, and President John Jacobs spoke before Council, warning to not to sell the city short by swapping the Seven Islands. There is too much value in the potential of the Seven Islands if the city does due diligence and finds the right developer.
The RFP Process was scheduled to be completed by end of summer 2018, with the City Council selecting the Developer by October 2018. There is nothing on the city website that indicates that any of this has been done/completed.