To: LGI Advisory Board
From: Little Gasparilla Property Owners Association - LGPOA
Re: Material proposed for inclusion in the LGI Scope of Services document
After extensive consultation with LGPOA members and other property owners on LGI, the LGPOA recommends that the Advisory Board include the following elements in the Scope of Services document that the Advisory Board and County Planner Martina Kuche will use to construct the RLI as part of the development of the Community Plan for LGI.
Description of LGI
LGI is a low-lying, environmentally sensitive, bridgeless, barrier island approximately two and one-half miles in length. It averages between one fourth and one-half mile in width. LGI lies entirely within Charlotte County. Although LGI now is physically connected to Don Pedro Island to the north and then to Palm Island north of Don Pedro, the state park on Don Pedro prevents all but pedestrian access between LGI and Palm Island. Thus, LGI remains a physically well-defined community accessible only by boat across Placida Harbor.
All land on LGI is privately owned, primarily in the form of 833 platted lots ranging in size from approximately _____ acre to five acres. All existing development on these individually platted lots is in the form of free-standing single family residential units. There currently are approximately _____ such single family homes on LGI. The remaining _____ platted lots remain undeveloped, thus providing a substantial amount of “green” or open space in its natural condition. There also are two condominium complexes on LGI. One contains a total of 102 single family residential units on a total of 18 acres. The second contains a total of 30 single family units on a total of 7.5 acres.
The county zoning classification for the entire island currently is RMF-T which allows, in addition to single family residences, multifamily dwellings, apartments, and tourist-related commercial facilities such as hotels. However, development on the island currently is restricted by the terms of the county’s Comprehensive Plan and by the terms of a legal settlement between the county and the state Department of Community Affairs. Both the legal settlement and the county Comprehensive Plan that was enacted pursuant to the settlement allow only residential development and restrict that residential development to one single family dwelling unit per acre, except that one single family dwelling unit is allowed on each previously platted lot.