ESTERO COMMUNITY PLANNING PANEL
Minutes of Public Meeting #134 –
December 19, 2011
Estero Community Park,
Panel Members Present:
Jack Lienesch, Chairman, Estero Community Association; Neal Noethlich,
Emeritus Chairman; Ned Dewhirst, Estero Development Community; Jeff
Maas, Estero Chamber of Commerce; John Goodrich, ECCL; Erik Dickens,
ECCL; Paul Roberts, Southland Group; Judy Beach, Recording Secretary,
ECCL; and Bev MacNellis, Treasurer. Absent: Greg Toth, Founding
Also present, Kathie Ebaugh, Division of
Planning, Lee County Department of Community Development; Daniel DeLisi,
DeLisi Fitzgerald, Inc.
Public Notice: Beach
reported that the meeting notice was posted at the South County Regional
Library, Realty World of Estero, the BB&T and Fifth Third Banks and the
Approval of Minutes:
Goodrich: Motion to waive the reading of the minutes of the November
22nd meeting and accept them as written. Dickens: Seconded.
Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer
MacNellis reported a balance of $2,157.67. Goodrich: Motion to
accept the report. Dewhirst: Seconded. Accepted
Hans Wilson, Hans Wilson & Associates, Inc.,
Marine and Environmental Consultants, made a presentation requesting a
Special Exception zoning change for
detailing the proposed improvements and updating of the existing docking
facility. After discussion, the Panel had no objection and
supported the project.
Update on LDC Signage Improvements.
Planning panel members Lienesch, Goodrich, Dewhirst, Roberts and
Noethlich attended a meeting with Lee County Zoning, Planning and Code
Committee members today regarding revising certain portions of the LDC
signage language in Estero’s Chapter 33. Various Land Development
Code Committees will meet in a sequence starting in February to initiate
the process of getting these changes approved. Most are simple
updates to clarify our codes and fix problems that have developed in
interpretation; one requires a review of monument signs by our community
prior to releasing a building permit and will require a change in the
county process for sign approval unique to Estero. Estimated time
for approvals assuming all goes smoothly will be approximately May 2012.
Community Plan Update Project After
two public meetings this fall, the panel agreed that they would not
advertise or solicit bids for consultants for this project, which will
be partially funded by County funds. Instead we will use a direct
grant approach based on our knowledge of the requirements and local
The selection of DeLisi Fitzgerald, Inc as the
lead planner and project manager was announced. DeLisi will submit
a proposed contract. He will also be added to the ECPP
agenda each meeting.
DeLisi indicated he wanted to include Land
Architects, Inc. (Bill Prysi) and McHarris Planning and Design (Joe
McHarris) as subcontractors for this effort, focusing on the LDC Chapter
33 updates. Prysi and McHarris are members of the EDRC.
DeLisi also proposed to include the skills of another planner, Jeff
Rapson, principal of Orlando-based Court Street Partners LLC, for the
Goal 19 update. Rapson has worked on Estero projects in the past
and comes highly recommended. Rapson was interviewed by telephone
by several panel members prior to the panel’s agreement for this
The panel feels this combination of local talent
with some outside “big picture” expertise can provide an optimum
solution to our needs at a reasonable cost. Additionally, the
panel specifically concurs with DeLisi that Prysi and McHarris are the
local firms we want for this project.
Funding Estero’s Portion of
LDC Lienesch to
contact Don Eslick regarding status of Claire Hauenstein’s progress on
grant applications. Some communities pledged funds during the
Village with a Vision presentations at their communities. We need to
establish a procedure for the budget draws from those committed funds
from these communities going forward.
After two years of service, Erik Dickens
announced his resignation from the ECPP due to business travel. He
is one of the two members representing ECCL on the panel. Lienesch
will contact Don Eslick regarding a replacement panel member.
Pelican Landing DRI
rezone status: Due to a request to push the build out date,
many zoning signs were posted in Pelican Landing creating confusion for
residents as to what was going on. Attorney Neale Montgomery and
Barry Ernst from WCI were present to answer any of the panel’s
questions. This is a normal process and no issues were noted.
Chase Bank Lighting.
Now in compliance…up lights on the facades have been disconnected.
Storage Space for ECPP, EDRC and ECCL
Space Storage has been approached for a charity unit for Estero. A
suggestion was made to request the largest space available because there
are past, current and future documents for all three of these
committees. Lienesch will continue his dialog with Dave Vivancos
of ESS to determine the best way forward.
Friday, January 13, 2012 ECCL’s 100th
After the meeting, coffee and cake will be served
at the historical home in the
Sunday, March 4, 2012 Annual ECCL
“All Play and No Work” Event
Angelino’s Restaurant will be the venue again.
This year we are requesting a donation $20 which includes wine and
appetizers – no raffles. Estero’s Village Visionary Award is presented
at this meeting each year. Reservations/tickets: Bev MacNellis,
Goodrich: Motion to adjourn meeting. Roberts: Seconded. Accepted
Panel was adjourned at 8:00 p.m.
NEXT REGULAR MEETING:
Monday, January 23, 2012, 6 p.m., Estero Community
Park. NOTE: One week later
due to MLK holiday on January 16, 2012.