Estero Community Planning Panel
Public Meeting # 72
February 13. 2006
Marsh Landing Clubhouse, Estero, Florida
Panel Members Present
Neal Noethlich, Chairman; Don Eslick, Estero Council
of Community Leaders; Greg Toth , Estero Development Community;. Carl Barraco,
Estero Chamber of Commerce; Dan DeLisi, Estero Development Community, Mike Cato,
Estero Fire Rescue; Jack Lienesch, Estero Civic Association. Treasurer: Fran
Wagner, ECA. Recording Secretary: Jim Ramsburg, ECCL.
Noethlich called the meeting to order at 6:08 PM.
Thirty-two participants were present including 23
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, news-press.com and on the esterofl.org Web site of the ECCL/ECPP/ECA/EDRC
and Estero Fire Rescue. A paid advertising notice of the meeting was placed in
the Bonita Banner of February 8. Meeting notices were posted in So Regional
Library, Colonial Bank and the Estero office of Realty World.
Wagner reported a current balance of $7,068.56 in the
Community Planning Panel account on deposit at the Colonial Bank in Estero. Eslick: Motion to accept Toth: Second. Report accepted unanimously.
Noethlich distributed minutes of the January meeting.
Toth: Motion to accept minutes as amended. DeLisi: Second. Minutes accepted
Jim Wallace, developer of Rapallo RPD,
conducted an informational presentation relative to an administrative amendment
proposed for The Enclave at Rapallo, a 14 acre development of nine buildings,
each containing ten residential units. The amendment asks that the original two
acre lake proposed for the property be changed to six lakes totaling two acres.
Concerns were raised by residents of The Brooks about any drainage problems
leading to potential flooding in the event of heavy storms. Wallace assured them
that Rapallo will allow for twice the water retention originally specified by
Lee County in the project's development order. Wallace offered to walk the
property with representatives of The Brooks. He also suggested that residents'
concerns be taken to The Brooks' Community Development District and to the Hole
Montes engineering firm which designed The Brooks' water retention and discharge
system for review and discussion.
ECPP Awards Program Status
Barraco reported meeting with Bill Prysi of the
Estero Design Review Committee and Tina Matte of the development community in
which it was decided that the ECPP and EDRC each have two representatives on a
committee to select winners of an annual award to outstanding developments in
the Estero Community Planning Area. Barraco: Motion ECPP choose two
representatives and EDRC select two representatives to establish criteria for
David Graham Award for Excellence in Planning, Design and Construction. Panel
discussed possibility of second award(s) for other projects of distinction.
Barraco Amendment: All projects nominated for Graham Award be cited for
distinction. Lienesch: Second. Motion passed unanimously. The EDRC will be asked
to select two representatives to the awards committee and the committee will
make further suggestions to the ECPP.
ECPP Participants on Awards Committee: Noethlich: Nomination of Barraco and
Lienesch to represent ECPP on committee. Eslick: Second. Nomination passed
Estero Amendments to Lee County Land Development Code (LDC Chap 33)
Noethlich tabled discussion until the March
Panel Composition and Terms of Service
An Estero resident in attendance
asked for a definition of the ECPP's mission, its composition, raised the
possibility of term limits and questioned if the individual Panel members should
be appointed by Lee County. DeLisi commented that the Panel is designed to
represent all interests in Estero and should not depend upon political
appointment. Noethlich added that the original goal of the Panel is public
involvement and that the county's legal department did not want it designed to
be an official advisory board. It is therefore not defined as an advisory board
but as a facilitator allowing public access to development plans, as well as
providing the county with an overall vision and suggestions regarding Estero
specific regulations for inclusion into the
Estero Community Plan and Lee County
Land Development Code. Eslick said that the ECPP's most important contribution
is allowing the public to learn about planned developments before they enter the
zoning process. Noethlich re-emphasized that the Panel's chief function is to
facilitate public access to the zoning procedure and development order process
of individual projects as they are proposed.
Election of Chair & Vice Chair for 2006
Toth: Nomination of Noethlich and
Eslick to continue. DeLisi commented that all future appointments should be
residents of Estero. DeLisi: Second. Nominations carried unanimously.
EDRC January Meeting
EDRC member Al O'Donnell reported items recently
discussed by committee. Noethlich added that the report was indicative of the
public's obtaining further access to project proposals as they proceed to the
development order stage and how developers are cooperating with the public
panels created in Estero.
Toth: Motion to adjourn. Lienesch: Second. Motion passed unanimously. Meeting
adjourned at 7:33 PM.
6 PM, MONDAY, MARCH 13th, MARSH LANDING CLUBHOUSE