ESTERO COMMUNITY PLANNING PANEL
Minutes of Public Meeting #114 – April 19, 2010
Estero Community Park, Estero, Florida
Present: Jack Lienesch,
Civic Association, Chairman;
John Goodrich , ECCL;
Estero development community;
Jeff Maas, Estero Chamber
of Commerce; Dan DeLisi, Estero
development community; Greg Toth, Founding Member; Erik Dickens , ECCL ;
Neal Noethlich, Emeritus Chairman; Treasurer: Bev MacNellis, ECCL and Bill
Brown, Recording Secretary, ECCL.
Brown reported that the meeting notice appeared in
the Naples Daily News and the News-Press Calendars, the Century-Link Estero
Events Calendar and Esterofl.org websites. The notice was posted at the South
County Regional Library, Realty World of Estero, the BB&T and Wachovia Banks.
Report: Brown distributed
minutes of the March meeting. . Goodrich: Motion to accept minutes , Toth:
Second. Accepted unanimously.
Treasurer Bev MacNellis reported that the current balance of $763.36 is in the
Community Planning Panel account on deposit at the BB&T Bank.
Corkscrew Village Administrative
Tessa LaSage from Barraco and
Associates representing the Regency Center reviewed a request to allow an
additional usage for this property -- adding 3000 ft of medical offices for the
Publix shopping center parcel. Although
there are two existing medical offices that were permitted by the County it was
discovered that the existing zoning does not include medical offices in the
permitted uses. Therefore, to accommodate a waiting new medical tenant and
legitimize the existing medical
Administrative Amendment is
necessary. It was agreed that
Lienesch will write a letter to the
County expressing the Panel’s support.
Pool Construction in Sunny
Grove Park: Kris Slosser, a
Surveyor, reported that
the County had told him he would need to request a “Special Exception” since the
present zoning is AG-2 (agriculture) for the mobile home park. The Panel had no
concerns with pool construction and Lienesch told Slosser that the Minutes would
reflect the Panel’s support of his request.
Broadway US41 intersection
update – John Goodrich
reported on a meeting he and Jack had with Rick Johnson and Harry Campbell of
Lee DOT. Johnson will donate land for the
right turn as long as there is no cost to him. It was agreed that Campbell will
broker a meeting between Johnson and FDOT to request them to include a SB left
turn lane into the Johnson property as part of the US41 widening project.
Miramar Design Center sign at
I75 exit – Goodrich also
reported on the status of Miramar’s proposal to raise their billboard
sign height an additional 10 to 15
feet so it would be visible over the sound wall recently constructed with the
I-75 widening project. The panel had asked Miramar last year if they could try
and improve the appearance of their sign as long as they had to rebuild it.
They presented their plans to the Design Review Committee last week and
the consensus was the proposed changes were worse that the current sign.
Goodrich was concerned that the sign may be used for specific
advertising. It was agreed that Goodrich will contact Mary Zettel at the County
to determine exactly what Miramar is requesting on their tri-vision sign.
Erik Dickens noted that Miramar had pleaded that they had no funding for
improving the sign’s appearance last year, but now they somehow have located
funds to construct an animated sign.
Design of new
Chase Bank in Corkscrew Village –
Goodrich also reported the Design Review Committee’s difficulties with the
proposed Chase Bank at the former Wing location.
DeLisi said that Chapter 33 and
34 define “floor
the total area of each story of a building, or portion thereof, within the
surrounding exterior walls of the
building or structure.
Based on this definition, the square footage of the Chase Bank would not include
the outside drive through or any porticos that are outside the lobby. "Under
Air" is not used, but this definition seems appropriate.
The Chase design has a
flat roof...Lienesch said he would contact the temporary chairman of the Design
Review Committee, Bill Prysi, and recommend that
they indicate to the county that if the bank floor area as defined above is less
than 5000 ft2 and they do not have a pitched roof, they are not in compliance
with Chapter 33 of the LDC.
Update on meeting with County
Attorney, David Owen on application of the Sunshine Law to the Panel –
Lienesch reported that he had
received a March 25 letter from the County Attorney which stated:
“The short answer to this question is that there is no
violation of the State’s Sunshine Law if two or more ECCL Planning Review Panel
members meet with developers prior to formal presentation(s) to the Panel. As I
read the relevant Comprehensive Plan provisions (Objective 19.5; with Policies
19.5.1 through 19.5.3, attached for your ready reference), no specific Estero
Civic organization or citizens group has been designated by the Board of County
Commissioners as part of the “zoning process” on behalf of the Board. This
places any discussions by ECCL Panel members outside the scope of the Sunshine
Bonita Health Center
– Lienesch reported that
the suggestions to upgrade the appearance of the sign when they add their new
logo has been rejected because the vendor said it would increase costs and BSHC
has budget issues. However, it was
noted by DeLisi and Dickens that new copy on a sign constitutes a new sign and
it should be subject to review.
Follow-up on signage meeting
with Mary Zettel – It was
agreed that Noethlich will review Zettel’s suggestions with a view to
incorporating them in the Panel’s suggested revisions.
Developer’s Check List on
Website. Dewhirst has
reviewed the Website Check List from a developer’s perspective and found that
some of the links don’t work. Dewhirst and Lienesch will meet with our Web
Master to get the Check List updated.
David Graham Award –
Maas and Dickens have been attempting to get a response out of the Hyatt without
success. They will renew their efforts using Erik’s close acquaintance at Hyatt
WalMart Status –
A meeting is scheduled for Wednesday
in Neale Montgomery’s office with WalMart representatives for an informal
discussion of WalMart’s latest proposals before they make a formal presentation
to the Panel.
Dickens resignation due to
personal issues – Since he
represents the ECCL they will need to make a new appointment.
Meeting adjourned at 7:45
6:00 PM, MONDAY,
May 17, ESTERO COMMUNITY PARK