Estero Community Planning Panel
Public Meeting # 70
December 12. 2005
Marsh Landing Clubhouse, Estero, Florida
Panel Members Present
Neal Noethlich, Chairman; Don Eslick, Estero Council of Community Leaders;
Greg Toth , Estero Development Community; Jerry Van Gelder, Estero Fire Rescue;
Jack Lienesch, Estero Civic Association. Treasurer: Fran Wagner, ECA. Recording
Secretary: Jim Ramsburg, ECCL. Absent: Carl Barraco, Estero Chamber of Commerce;
Dan DeLisi, Estero Development Community. Noethlich called the meeting to order
at 6:04 PM.
Sixty-seven participants were present including 52 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/ECA/EDRC and Estero Fire Rescue. A paid advertising
notice of the meeting was placed in the Bonita Banner of December 10. Meeting
notices were posted in South County Regional Library, Colonial Bank and the
Estero office of Realty World.
To mark the occasion of the Panel's 70th public meeting, a two-hour symposium
was conducted prior to the regular business meeting. The topic discussed was
"True Mixed Use Development", the combination of commercial businesses and/or
offices within the same structure as residential quarters commonly located on
Participants included Lee County Commissioner Ray Judah, Lee County Smart
Growth Chairman Wayne Daltry, Lee County Planning Director Paul O'Connor, Estero
Fire Rescue Fire Marshall Mike Cato, JED Development Vice President Andy
D'Jamoos, Rapallo developer Jim
Wallace, and Jerry Schmoyer, Executive Vice President of Miromar Development.
General agreement followed Judah's comment that Mixed Use promises to relieve
the problems of traffic congestion, inadequate mass transportation and urban
sprawl. The basic question was how developers might extend the effort and
expense required to propose such developments without running counter to Lee
County restrictions regarding population density and land buffering. Toth
recommended that all large developments within Estero, not just Developments of
Regional Impact, be considered for greater density to allow for true mixed use
on what undeveloped land remains in the community. ECPP members agreed with
Toth's recommendation. Noethlich thanked all the participants for their
attendance and comments.
ECPP Business Meeting
Noethlich called the meeting to order at 8:04 PM.
Wagner reported a current balance of $7,277.91 in the Community Planning
Panel account on deposit Colonial Bank in Estero. Toth: Motion to accept
Lienesch: Second. Report accepted unanimously.
Noethlich distributed minutes of the November meeting. Toth: Motion to accept
minutes. Eslick: Second. Report accepted unanimously.
Status of Pending Estero Amendments to Lee County Land Development Code
Noethlich reported that the amendments would be considered by a second
meeting of the Lee County Board of County Commissioners on December 13, the
projected date of adoption by the BofCC. Noethlich indicated that prospects
looked good for adoption and requested that Panel membrs attend the meeting if
Funding of Current County Funding for Community Planning
Lienesch reported that he and Noethlich met on November 22nd with Jim Mudd of
Lee County. The county recently increased Community Planning funding to $50,000,
double the past limit. He said that Captiva, North Captiva, Boca Grande and
Estero have all requested or plan to request funding. Mudd said that he plans to
put all requests before the Board of County Commissioners in January. A one-page
letter requesting funding is required. Noethlich said that a proposal would be
prepared indicating needs and uses for the additional funding which may include
Approval of ECPP Standby Secretary
Toth: Motion to approve Estero resident Judy Beach as Panel Recording
Secretary in any absence of Ramsburg or Bill Brown. Eslick: Second. Motion
Eslick reported progress being made in continuing development of existing
Website shared by the Panel, the Estero Design Review Committee, the Estero
Council of Community Leaders and the Estero Civic Association. He reported a
balance of $250 will be due for Website maintenance for the remainder of 2005.
Eslick: Motion to budget its proportionate share of maintenance costs for 2005
and a sum not to exceed $1,000 to cover maintenance and development costs for
the first six months of 2006. Lienesch: Second. Motion carried unanimously.
Toth: Motion to adjourn. Lienesch: Second. Motion passed unanimously. Meeting
adjourned at 8:20 PM.
6 PM, MONDAY, JANUARY 9th, MARSH LANDING CLUBHOUSE