Winkler 10 Acre RPD

The County re-zoning of this property from agricultural zoning to a zoning allowing for an assisted living facility use was complicated by a bald eagle nest in an Australian pine tree near the center of this ten acre property.  The majority of the site was also wetlands vegetated by exotic plants that would have to be removed from the site at the time of development.  We monitored the eagle nest to determine the direction of the eagle’s flight paths and used that information to work with County staff to prepare a bald eagle nest management plan based on a phased removal of exotics and supplemental plantings which allowed the land owner reasonable use of the property while providing protection of the eagle nest.  The management plan was approved by the Lee County Eagle Technical Advisory Committee and the requested re-zoning was approved by both the Lee County Hearing Examiner and the Lee County Board of County Commissioners.