ESTERO COMMUNITY PLANNING PANEL
Minutes of Public Meeting #140 – August 20, 2012
Estero Community Park,
Panel Members Present:
Jack Lienesch, Chairman, Estero Community Association;
Neal Noethlich, Emeritus
Chairman; Ned Dewhirst, Estero
Development Community; Greg Toth, Founding Member; Paul Roberts,
Rockford Development Group; Jeff Maas, Estero Chamber of Commerce; Roger
Strelow, ECCL and Bev MacNellis, Treasurer.
Absent: John Goodrich, ECCL
Also present: Neale Montgomery, Pavese Law, Jeff Satfield,
CPH Engineers, Mike Blinn, BRR Architects, Daniel DeLisi, DeLisi
Fitzgerald, Inc., Bill Prysi, Land Architects, Inc. Jeff Rapson, Court
Street Partners and Joe McHarris, McHarris Planning and Design
Public Notice: Lienesch reported that the meeting notice was posted on
the ECPP website and notice was also sent via the ECCL list to
neighborhoods abutting the Wal*Mart property.
Minutes and Treasurer’s Report:
Lienesch noted that the minutes of the June 18th meeting had
been vetted by the panel and the updated version is posted on our
website along with the panel’s feedback letter to the BoCC regarding the
Horizon Council proposals for changes to the LDC.
Treasurer MacNellis reported a balance of $1,371.31.
Dewhirst: motion to
approve both the minutes and treasurer’s report, Strelow:
seconded. Both were
Lienesch reviewed the history of
presentations to the ECPP dating back to 2009.
Jeff Satfield then discussed the administrative amendment they
are requesting: to move the drive through usage from the outlot area to
the main building to service their pharmacy.
He also showed the updated site plan incorporating that change.
The site plan hasn’t changed significantly in the seven years
this project has been underway – the square footage has changed from the
original 228K ft2 with one outlot, down to 155K ft2 with four outlots
and then back to 180K ft2 and a single outlot.
All of the other agreements and requirements from the original
zoning remain in place.
Michael Blinn then showed the latest building elevations
including the signage proposal and views from the upper story a nearby
Osprey Cove unit to the East.
He highlighted the sustainability updates, color changes etc.
Satfield noted that this amendment had already been approved
by the county. He noted that
the team will be meeting with the Vines next week and plans to return to
the EDRC for the DO reviews at their SE or OC meeting.
Greg: liked the roofs on the towers before they were
Roger: discussion of noise from the compactor.
Actually the compactor is inside the building.
Ned: can you take advantage of the recent LDC changes re:
parking requirements? Jeff:
not really because Wal*Mart has a minimum parking requirement for their
stores and this design just complies.
outparcel potential usages.
Jeff – most probably a Group III restaurant.
Neal: will there be a sign on the corner to identify FGCU as
discussed earlier? Jeff – if
required they will accommodate it
Ned: is the
public use space in front of the entrance still there?
Jeff – yes.
Access roads? One restricted entrance/exit on US41; full
intersection on Estero Parkway, unsigned entrance on Nuthatch.
Jeff noted that there are only two monument signs now – at the
other two entrances.
Concern for children walking on Nuthatch to school bus stop.
Jeff – Wal*Mart will provide a paved sidewalk along Nuthatch to
EDRC input was used for this rendering.
Wal*Mart signs are their current standard colors.
Jeff – not allowed by ordinance.
estimates 6 months for permit, 12 months to build.
Estimate 2nd Q 2013 to start construction.
Vines’ new entrance will be built at the same time as the rest of
Status Report on Community Plan Update
Dan DeLisi reviewed the team’s progress to date,
highlighting the November 2010 charette, the February 2012 workshop, a
land and water tour of Estero with the team and the workshop held with
residents of the historic district.
He then introduced Jeff Rapson who reviewed a high level
assessment of current status and opportunities for improvement in the
future. Three main themes
were highlighted: Natural
Resources (both environmental and historical), Mobility (biking,
walking, complete streets, etc.) and Development Patterns and Land Use.
Jeff stated that Estero is a unique community with eco/historical
experience but many of these assets are hidden.
Noted the nodes on his diagram which could be identified by unique
and distinctive arrival points
Discussed potential usages of both the railroad corridor and the FPL
power line corridor for linking the community
Also mentioned the Week’s Fish Camp property as a potential
attribute to be explored.
Showed a theme for the “historic district” in Estero and discussed a
possibility of knitting everything into Estero’s core.
Then this core could expand beyond the historic district.
A general discussion among everyone present brought out the
“Open up the river” does not imply changing the character of the
We should make it a policy to acquire properties along the river for
greenway/public access usages.
The county Lee Plan update should align well with these thoughts
Incentivizing this will be a challenge (greenways, water access
points, redevelopment areas, etc.)
Monuments, signage, etc. can be utilized to identify the gateway
nodes. A special
landscaping/lighting for these entry points could expand through the
corridors as a standard.
DeLisi summarized and indicated that their next steps would
include developing a vision package with goals and objectives for a
rewritten Goal 19 (Estero).
Prysi and McHarris will develop an update for today’s existing LDC as
Corkscrew Woods Status
Roger updated the panel on the HEX hearing on
He estimates the examiner will
have a decision by early October.
The developer has apparently agreed to a financial commitment for
TDR’s and a panther crossing on Corkscrew road.
David Graham Status
Jeff noted that Kite had not responded to several inquiries.
The panel agreed for him to refocus the effort on Lowes.
We still need a secretary.
Jack will approach the ECCL for some suggestions.
Roger Sirlin (retired attorney and judge) has expressed interest in
helping in panel activities
Beverly – Extra Space Storage discussions about our “charity unit”
and how it can be continued
Panel was adjourned at 8:00 p.m.
NEXT MEETING (Signage Workshop):
Tuesday, September 4, 2012, 5:30 p.m., Estero Community Park
NEXT REGULAR MEETING:
Monday, September 17, 2012, 6:00 p.m., Estero Community Park