Estero Community Planning Panel
Minutes of Public Meeting #98 - April 21. 2008
Estero Community Park, Estero, Florida
Panel Members Present:
Jack Lienesch, Acting Chairman, Estero Civic
Association; Greg Toth, Estero Development Community, John Goodrich, Estero
Council of Community Leaders; Tom O’Day, ECCL; Dan DeLisi, Estero Development
Community; Lin Welch, Estero Chamber of Commerce. Recording Secretary: Jim
Ramsburg, ECCL; Treasurer: Beverly MacNellis, ECCL.
Lienesch called the meeting to order at 6:03 PM.
Fourteen participants were present including six
members of the general public. Ramsburg reported that public notices of
the meeting were published in the Fort Myers News-Press, the Bonita Daily News
and the Bonita Banner. Notices were posted on the Internet in the Estero
Development Report and on the Web sites of the ECCL/ECPP/EDRC/ECA and Estero
Fire Rescue. A paid advertising notice of the meeting was placed in the
Bonita Banner of April 15th. Notices of the meeting were posted in
the South Regional Library, Colonial Bank, Estero Community Park and Realty
World of Estero.
Ramsburg distributed minutes of the March meeting.
Goodrich: Motion to accept minutes. Toth: Second. Report accepted
MacNellis reported a current balance of $1,304.75 in the
Community Planning Panel account on deposit at Colonial Bank in Estero. O’Day:
Motion to accept Toth: Second. Report accepted unanimously.
Developer Jim Wallace and
Bill Prysi presented a proposal to revise the landscape buffering between
Rapallo and the east side of US 41 at, and to the south of, Williams Road as
proposed in the original DRI. The new plan would increase the number of
palm trees and space them in clusters which would permit visibility of buildings
and signage within the development from US 41. New designs were also
presented to enhance the landscaping of the existing sidewalk between Rapallo
and US 41 to create an attractive “rhythmic path” similar to that within The
Brooks. The Panel was unanimous in its support of the change and
complimented Wallace on its appearance as illustrated in presentation
presented a zoning amendment request concerning a fence/landscape buffering
between the rear of Tamiami Trail Auto - located on the west side of US 41
between Coconut Point Ford and the entrance to the Fountain Lakes residential
community. The current zoning calls for a chain link fence and landscaped
buffer separating the rear of the auto dealership and the east side of Fountain
Lakes. Prysi said that a six foot wall has already been constructed on a
two foot buffer and landscaping that exceeds the original zoning requirement is
in place and growing to obstruct the view of the business from neighboring
residences. The Panel unanimously supported the amendment.
Lienesch reported that current Florida Department of
Transportation “cure” plans for the widening of I-75 north of Corkscrew Road
have been substantially modified to accommodate the recommendations of this
panel and of the EDRC. As a result, the impact to the landscape buffering
due to the road construction will be minimized between I-75 and Germain Arena on
the road’s east side, and the Villagio residential community and B&W Golf Cart
facility on its west side.
Panel Meeting Dates:
Lienesch reported that Panel meeting dates have been
advanced to the third Monday of each month and meeting facilities at Estero
Community Park have been reserved through December, 2008.
Goodrich reported problems in creating a photo album of
signage in the area to illustrate examples of what could be considered
permissible and/or objectionable signage in the community. He said a
committee consisting of Beverly MacNellis, Bill Prysi, Doug Pastre of Lee
Designs and himself would meet to determine the logistics of meetings and public
workshops leading to an updating of signage zoning in Estero. DeLisi and
Toth strongly recommended obtaining legal counsel to guide the committee and the
Panel in the preparation of its requested zoning amendments.
Lienesch reported that means are still being explored to fund
Panel and EDRC activities and provide additional funds for professional support.
Toth recommended an immediate request to Lee County for grant monies to fund
specific projects. The Panel discussed the possibilities of private
funding through presentation fees and/or means of soliciting funding from the
development community and related professional services.
David Graham Award:
Lienesch reported that five nominees have been entered
for the design excellence award. The nominating committee will meet on
April 29th to review the applications and select a 2008 winner.
Toth: Motion to adjourn. DeLisi: Second. Motion passed
unanimously. Meeting adjourned at 7:28 PM.
NEXT MEETING: 6:00 PM, MONDAY, MAY 19TH, ESTERO COMMUNITY PARK.