Bonita council agrees to 1-year moratorium on DRGR development

The Bonita Springs City Council voted 4-3 Wednesday to proceed a one-year moratorium on the processing of any comprehensive plan amendments within an environmentally sensitive area east of Interstate 75 and north of Bonita Beach Road.

The bank that owns the Bonita Grande mine property in the density reduction groundwater recharge area, or DRGR, would eventually like to build a residential development on the land, and is seeking an exception to the moratorium that would allow it to work with a newly designated water task force while the task force studies the implications of such a development on water quality.

The council created the water task force after a contentious public hearing last month after hundreds of Bonita Springs residents asked council to study potential water problems before opening the area up for development.

The 90,000-acre DRGR was created to limit development and preserve water resources in rural east Lee County. Density is currently limited to one home per 10 acres in the DRGR so that aquifers could be recharged with drinking water.

Mayor Ben Nelson and council members Stephen McIntosh and Janet Martin cast the dissenting votes on the moratorium.

After the vote, Nelson said he voted against it because the city has been working on it for 14 years and it’s redundant.

Last month, the council created a seven-member water task force after a contentious public hearing where hundreds of Bonita Springs residents asked council to study potential water problems before opening the area up for development.

The 90,000-acre DRGR was created to limit development and preserve water resources in rural east Lee County. Density is currently limited to one home per 10 acres in the DRGR so that aquifers could be recharged with drinking water.

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lionfishhunter writes:

I guess that's better than nothing. It should be a permanent ban on development in that area.

BonitaTango writes:

"to proceed a one-year moratorium"
Is the editor out shopping?

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