Estero Community Planning Panel
Minutes of Public Meeting #94 - December 10, 2007
Estero Community Park, Estero, Florida
Panel Members Present:
Neal Noethlich, Chairman; Greg Toth , Estero Development Community, Jack
Lienesch, Estero Civic Association; Lin Welch, Estero Chamber of Commerce; John
Goodrich,.Estero Council of Community Leaders; Dan DeLisi, Estero Development
Community. Recording Secretary: Jim Ramsburg, ECCL. Absent: Treasurer:
Beverly MacNellis, ECCL.
Noethlich called the meeting to order at 6:02 PM.
Twenty-nine participants were present including 22 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 8th. Notices of the meeting were posted in the South Regional
Library, Colonial Bank, Estero Community Park and Realty World of Estero.
In Treasurer MacNellis’ absence due to surgery, Lienesch reported a November
30th balance of $3,344.75 in the Community Planning Panel account on deposit at
Colonial Bank in Estero. Lienesch: Motion to accept Goodrich: Second.
Report accepted unanimously.
Noethlich distributed minutes of the November meeting. Toth: Motion to
accept minutes. Welch: Second. Report accepted unanimously.
Postponed Developer Presentations:
Noethlich reported that at their presenters’ requests presentations of
proposals for Cypress Shadows
RPD and Corkscrew Mini-Storage at
Stoneybrook have been postponed until the January meeting. Ray Blacksmith
of Cameratta Properties was present at the meeting and offered to answer any
questions in advance of the Cypress Shadows proposal. None were forthcoming.
Developer Presentation -
West Bay Club RPD to MPD:
Russell Schropp of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., presented a
proposal of rezoning of the 866 acre site from Residential Planned Development
to Mixed Planned Development.
The proposal includes five changes: 1/ The inclusion of a yet undetermined
number of Assisted Living Facility residences to the lower level(s) of two
approved high-rise pods at West Bay; 2/ The addition of five boat docks on the
Estero River which passes through the community; 3/ The conversion of temporary
boat slips on the river to two permanent slips which would be used for West Bay
water taxi service for its residents, and 4/ Creation of a permanent buffered
boat and RV storage area in a presently unkempt 1.7 acres of the site where 20
to 30 boats are already stored.
Toth asked if the Assisted Living Facilities (ALF) be would be available for
West Bay Club resident use only. Schropp said that this is the plan.
Lienesch noted that the current boat storage space is “non-conforming” and that
Lee County approval would make it in conformance with zoning requirements.
Discussion followed about the overall intended size of the boat/RV storage and
access routing. A Type C enhanced buffer is proposed around the area to
protect nearby residences. Schropp was asked for details of the ALF plans.
He replied that plans are still being developed. Lienesch asked if there
were any precedents for ALF facilities in existing residential communities and
Noethlich asked Lee County Senior Planner Chip Block if the proposal created any
special problems. Block responded that this is a unique proposal and that
a number of questions must be answered to county staff’s satisfaction before
approval is issued. Several residents of West Bay Club attending the
meeting expressed support for the ALF plan, adding that a similar concept now
exists at the Pelican Bay community. A concern for lack of details was
raised by several attendees.
Noethlich again questioned the newly constructed billboard adjacent to the
north exit ramp of I-75 at Corkscrew Road and whether Lee County zoning
provisions specific to Estero strictly prohibiting such signage facing Corkscrew
Road or Lee County interchange signage regulations take precedence in this
situation. DeLisi recommended a meeting with Bob Stewart and Mary Zettel
of Lee County to discuss this, and other infringements on Estero-specific
signage regulations. Estero resident Sam Levy, chairman of the
ECCL’s Code Enforcement
Committee, reported that several businesses in the community continually
“push the envelope” in signage, particularly with banner advertising. He also
praised Lee County Code Enforcement staff for its conscientious work in the
community. DeLisi recommended obtaining the advice of legal counsel before
the next round of Estero land code revisions are requested.
DeLisi: Motion: That The Panel authorize funds to retain a land use attorney for
counsel in its further requests for Estero specific revisions in the Lee County
Land Code. Second: Lienesch. Motion passed unanimously.
Noethlich asked DeLisi to conduct a search for a land use attorney with no
conflicts of interest for this purpose.
The Panel further agreed to the concept of conducting a community-wide workshop
to further address the signage issue in Estero.
2008 David Graham Award for Excellence In Development:
DeLisi and Lienesch volunteered to reconvene the nominating committee in
cooperation with the Estero Design Review Committee.
Toth: Motion to adjourn. Lienesch: Second. Motion passed
unanimously. Meeting adjourned at 7:32 PM.
NEXT MEETING: 6:00 PM, MONDAY, JANUARY 14TH , ESTERO