NAPLES — A proposed 84-home development in downtown Naples gained preliminary design approval Wednesday from the city's Design Review Board.
The board did have some concerns.
Lighthouse Point, a 22-acre community of single-family homes, will feature two-car garages, pools, and private boat docks as well as a community center between Goodlette-Frank Road and Naples Bay and just north of the Bayfront Inn.
The development will have to run the gamut of advisory boards, including City Council, before it is given the go ahead to break ground.
With about four homes on each acre, some board members worried about a lack of parking in the neighborhood or traffic congestion in season along Goodlette-Frank Road, which lines the property's western side.
"What happens if I have a Christmas party with 30 guests? Where do they park?" asked Thomas Scangarello, the board's vice chair.
Scangarello also said he wanted to see common green areas for residents to gather.
The petitioners and Senior Planner Adam Benigni, with the city, said common areas aren't featured in existing developments such as Aqualane Shores or Coquina Sands. Benigni said parking seemed adequate, and that the occasional gathering at a home would not create an ongoing headache for residents of the neighborhood.
The development was originally going to include 15,000 square feet of commercial space for a waterfront restaurant.
Architect Van Auken Miller said the idea was axed due to competition from similar developments. Without the commercial buffer, board member Renee Zepeda worried noise would bother residents living closest to the street. Goodlette-Frank Road is wider and busier than the typical street abutting a neighborhood, Zepeda said, and more landscape buffering might be required.
Lighthouse Point will appear before the city's Planning Advisory Board Dec. 16 and could have its final hearing as soon as February, Benigni said.