Immokalee Master Plan set for December 13 vote
Will nearly 10 years of dreams and hard work by Immokaleans be enough to persuade Collier County commissioners to approve the Immokalee Area Master Plan?
We will know Tuesday, December 13th, when the master plan is set for a final vote by county lawmakers.
Four of the five Collier County Commissioners need to vote in favor of the plan for it to win final adoption. The vote was delayed last spring because two of the lawmakers said they could not support the plan.
If the plan fails to win the county’s commission’s approval, the near decade of community work will be forfeited and the Immokalee Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) will be forced to begin anew to create a plan that is acceptable to the county commission.
At issue for two of the county lawmakers is how the Master Plan addresses trailer parks in Immokalee.
The county is currently suing long-time Immokalee landlord Jerry Blocker over a trailer park cited by the county’s zoning department as illegal and non-conforming to county zoning laws.
The county action is separate and apart from the Master Plan approval process but owing to criticism from the lawmakers, the Immokalee CRA citizens’ advisory committee voted to recommend commissioners remove the trailer park section of the Master Plan (Policy 6.17). The CRA citizens’ panel serves as advisors to the Collier County Commission which also sits and the board of the Immokalee CRA.
The Naples Daily News reported on the upcoming vote in its November 15th edition. You can read that piece here.
You can also read a history of the Master Plan and its journey through the approval process here and here and here.
You can read the plan's highlights here and the entire Immokalee Area Master Plan by click on the box to the right.