A proposal to place 88 units of affordable housing on Lower Sugarloaf Key cleared a major hurdle Wednesday evening when the Monroe County Planning Commission unanimously approved a major conditional use permit for the project.

The Planning Commission’s unanimous vote on Wednesday came after hours of testimony by a large group of Lower Sugarloaf Key residents opposing the project, called the Dockside & the Landings Apartments on South Point Drive. They called the project too dense and not compatible with the surrounding neighborhood.