frequently asked questions

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  • What is the Land Development Code?

    The Land Development Code (LDC) is the adopted law of the Village that regulates land use, growth, and development. It divides the Village into different zoning districts. The zoning district regulations generally govern the types of uses and the location and size of development in each district. The LDC also includes provisions that establish the procedures for how development proposals are reviewed and approved or denied, as well as standards that govern the form and quality of development such as standards for parking, landscaping, building location, design, and form. A link to the Village's current LDC can be found under the Work Products page of this site.

  • Why rewrite the Land Development Code?

    Estero is updating and preparing the Village’s first Land Development Code (LDC). Since its incorporation in 2014, the Village has used the Lee County Land Development Code as the transitional LDC. However, with adoption of the new comprehensive plan in June 2018 and its effective date thereafter, the community’s collective vision and land use policy direction for future growth and development will be established. The updated LDC will implement the policy direction in the new comprehensive plan. The update will also ensure the Village's development regulations are more user-friendly than the transitional LDC, modernized, and aligned with contemporary zoning best practices.

    The LDC update project is a significant undertaking. It is expected to take over a year to complete.

  • How long will the project take?

    The project is expected to take over a year to complete.

  • Who is managing the project?

    The project is being conducted under the direction of the Village's Community Development Department, with assistance from Clarion Associates and Johnson Engineering, Inc (JEI). The Village's Land Use Attorney is serving as legal counsel for the effort.

  • Where can I get copies of project documents?

    The Work Products page of this website will be updated regularly to include links to all documents produced as part of this effort, and supporting information.

Village of Estero, FL | Community Development Department

9401 Corkscrew Palms Circle, Estero, Fl 33928

phone: (239) 221-5035 | email:

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