SEPTEMBER 28, 2016 [FORT MYERS, FLORIDA]- Cameratta Companies is proud to announce that the Lee County Environmental Enhancement & Preservation Overlay created for its The Place at Corkscrew proposed residential development has received an APA Florida Award of Merit in the Best Practices category by the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) during the recent APA Florida 2016 Conference held in Tampa, Florida on September 7, 2016.
The Environmental Enhancement & Preservation Overlay is an innovative strategy that balances development within the Density Reduction/Groundwater Resource (DR/GR) area of southeast Lee County with the County’s goals of ensuring long-term protection and enhancement of natural resources.
“This is a perfect example of local government working together with the private landowner on a project that will overall enhance and benefit Lee County’s environment, while at the same time providing for our growing needs.” Commissioner Cecil Pendergrass
The Project Awards program provides APA Florida members with the chance to see and learn about development, conservation, government, or environmental projects, where planning has had a positive impact on the outcome.
“It is an honor to be recognized with Lee County by the American Planning Association among the many contending counties in Florida,” said President Ray Blacksmith. “This achievement reflects our commitment to innovative, safe, environmentally sensitive, and attractive residential development design that supports sustainability.”
The Place, designed to be a destination community consists of 1,361 acres of land with 1,325 homes that are uniquely located around large lakes and preserves. Over 700 acres of the property will be restored into wetlands and uplands and placed into recorded conservation easements and green space buffers.
“We have already invested heavily to ensure that the environmental heritage and integrity of the property has been properly recognized and restored,” said Joe Cameratta, Founder, Cameratta Companies.