CHARTER SCHOOL SEEKS VACATION OF ROAD RIGHT OF WAY ON 25TH AVE NE – 
GGEACA RECOMMENDS EXTENDING BUFFERS BETWEEN NEIGHBORHOOD

A recent replat submitted by the developers of the new Charter School indicated a vacation of a segment of the 25th Ave NE that runs between their two properties that fall north and south of this segment to a dead end at the canal. The vacation process is clouded in conflicting process and procedures. 

Doug Diek of Ryan Construction, representing the school, shared a letter and came to the GGEACA Board meeting to report on their desire to vacate the road. The vacation request is going before the Collier County Board of County Commissioners at the end of February or the first of March. 

GGEACA Board members were concerned with some of the promises made at public meetings not being honored – such as minimizing construction traffic in the neighborhood. 

GGEACA made a recommendation that the area of the vacation be converted to a recorded increased buffer at the property line between the residential neighborhoods – in other words, increase the required setbacks, thereby ensuring an increased of required setbacks by 60’. 

Our recommendation would be based upon the voluntary agreement of the developer to agree to these setbacks. Also the Board recommended that the developer/Doug Diek address the vacation with the greater neighborhood behind the project - and not just through a request to address the GGEACA Board - as a basic part of being good neighbors. 

There was question for the need for a second emergency egress from the neighborhood, and the fear was that the neighborhood would fall victim to school drop-off traffic if a rear gate to the school was placed on 25th Ave NE. The Board recommended approaching emergency services and the fire districts to determine response needs in critical/disaster./wildfire situations