Estero Community Planning Panel
Public Meeting # 71
January 9. 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. Treasurer: Fran Wagner, ECA. Recording
Secretary: Jim Ramsburg, ECCL. Absent: Mike Cato, Estero Fire Rescue; Jack
Lienesch, Estero Civic Association.
Noethlich called the meeting to order at 6:07 PM.
Twenty-two participants were present including 16 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
January 7. Meeting notices were posted in So Regional Library, Colonial Bank and
the Estero office of Realty World.
Wagner reported a current balance of $6,867.56 in the Community Planning Panel
account on deposit at the Colonial Bank in Estero. Eslick: Motion to accept
Barraco: Second. Report accepted unanimously.
Noethlich distributed minutes of the November meeting. Eslick: Motion to accept
minutes as amended. Toth: Second. Report accepted unanimously.
Kim Dailey of Papyrus Document &
Design conducted a comprehensive Power Point presentation on
www.esterofl.org, explaining its purposes as a community communications tool for
information about Estero and its four major civic groups and as a repository for
documents pertinent to community development and the groups' activities. The
Panel congratulated Ms. Dailey for her work and encouraged members of the public
attending the meeting to visit www.esterofl.org.
Status of Estero Amendments to Lee County Land Development Code (LDC Chapter 33)
Noethlich reported that the third round of amendments were adopted on
December 16th by the Lee County Board of County Commissioners and thanked all
those involved in the lengthy process, particularly the efforts of Barraco and
DeLisi. The Panel agreed that esterofl.org should link to the Lee County Website
so developers and the general public can access the latest version of the
Eslick raised the issue of the next round of proposed Estero amendments to the
LDC. He reported having witnessed a discussion between a developer and county
staff regarding a Mixed Use development proposal and said he understood
developers' frustrations in presenting such plans with no clear county
guidelines pertaining to mixed use. He said that he discussed the situation with
land use attorney Matt Uhle and asked his advice regarding the next steps that
the Panel should take. Uhle recommended that the ECPP initiate efforts to draft
proposed LDC language to encourage mixed use projects. Eslick suggested that the
Panel consider retaining Uhle to assist in this project. He recommended that the
Panel seek additional funding from Lee County and earmark a portion for
professional assistance to facilitate Mixed Use development in Estero.
Eslick reported four scheduled Hearing Examiner hearings
of importance in January. He said that staff reports should be obtained to learn
if there are issues regarding these cases of which the Panel is unaware. He
added that developers of the Camargo Eleven MPD on the northwest corner of US 41
and Pelican Sound Boulevard have asked that the Panel support its effort to
created a mixed use development. DeLisi: Motion to support the proposal for the
property known as Camargo Eleven. Eslick: Second. Motion passed unanimously.
Toth: Motion to adjourn. DeLisi: Second. Motion passed unanimously. Meeting
adjourned at 7:31 PM.
6 PM, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13th, MARSH LANDING CLUBHOUSE