Estero Community Planning Panel
Minutes of Public Meeting #103 - January 19. 2009
Estero Community Park, Estero, Florida
Panel Members Present:
Jack Lienesch, Chairman, Estero Civic Association;
Greg Toth , Estero Development Community, Neal Noethlich,.Estero Council of
Community Leaders; Dan DeLisi, Estero Development Community; Recording
Secretary: Jim Ramsburg, ECCL; Treasurer: Beverly MacNellis, ECCL.
Absent: John Goodrich, ECCL, Lin Welch, Estero Chamber of Commerce.
To accommodate Ascot Development’s late request to
present revised plans for Midtowne Estero, a proposed MPD on the 48 acre site at
the southwest corner of Corkscrew Road and Three Oaks Parkway, Lienesch
assembled the Panel for a special pre-meeting presentation. Matt Craig and
Jeff Curl of PK Architectural Studios of Naples addressed issues raised in
previous Panel meetings - primarily the number, size, access and appearance of
its outlots. Ascot is also proposing a rezoning of the site from 90,000
square feet of commercial space and 296 residential units to +/-200,000 square
feet of commercial space and 92 residential units. The Panel complimented
Craig on the appearance projections and plans to control future development of
the site’s outlots, but questioned the increase in its commercial space.
Lienesch called the scheduled meeting to order at 6:17 PM.
Thirty-six participants were present including thirty
members of the general public. Ramsburg reported that public notices of
the meeting were distributed to 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 the community Web site,
www.esterofl.org. Notices of the
meeting were posted in the South Regional Library, Colonial Bank, Estero
Community Park and Realty World of Estero.
Ramsburg distributed minutes of the November meeting. DeLisi: Motion to accept minutes. Toth: Second. Report accepted
MacNellis reported a current balance of $964.41in
the Community Planning Panel account on deposit at Colonial Bank in Estero. She
reported that the Estero Council of Community Leaders has agreed to pay the ECPP
and EDRC’s $60 monthly share of community Web site maintenance for
www.estero.org. The Panel also
received a temporary loan from the Estero Community Improvement Foundation for
$796.66. Toth: Motion to accept DeLisi: Second. Report accepted
Lienesch introduced Estero resident Eric Dickens, the
Estero Council of Community Leaders’ nominee to replace Noethlich on the Panel.
Noethlich, founding chair of the Panel, was nominated as a non-voting member
emeritus of the Panel. Toth: Motion to appoint Dickens and Noethlich to their
respective positions. DeLisi: Second. Motion unanimously passed.
Walmart Request for Zoning Amendment:
Michelle Belaire of Walmart and Jeffery
Satfield and John Melendez, both of CPH Engineering, presented
proposal for a zoning amendment to expedite construction of a new Walmart
Supercenter, approved for the northeast corner US 41 at Estero Parkway, but
contingent upon the beginning of construction to widen US 41 to six lanes
between Estero and San Carlos Park. Walmart seeks to eliminate this
“super-concurrency” item from its zoning. Satfield cited lower traffic
counts on US 41 and Estero Parkway. He added that all traffic improvements
to the site will be in the first phase of the development’s construction and
that a new stoplight will be installed at the intersection with the opening of
the Estero Parkway flyover of I-75 to Ben Hill Griffin. The Panel was
supportive of the request.
Vines Alzheimer’s Center:
Q. Grady Minor, representing, Vines Acreage LLC,
presented plans for a two story, 60 patient Alzheimer’s Disease adult living
facility of 45,000 square feet on a five acre site fronting The Vines
residential community on US 41 at Vintage Parkway. The land is currently
zoned for commercial use. Minor said that county staff “has no problem”
with an amendment for the proposed use while reserving a 1.4 acre site on the
parcel for future commercial use. The Panel requested to see the approved
list of uses for that site and Minor replied that he would comply and trim the
uses with Panel input. The Panel supported his proposal for the
Fountain Lakes Professional Park:
Stacy Hewitt of Banks Engineering presented
a proposal for the rezoning of a
1.45 acre site at the southwest corner of US 41
and Fountain Lakes Boulevard, fronting the Fountain Lakes residential community,
to CPD. The proposal was presented as either a combination of office and
retail uses or as a bank with drive through facility and second floor office
space. The Panel had no objections to the proposed rezoning.
Beasley Broadcast Group:
Michael Cooney, Chief Technical Officer of BBG,
reported that age and weather has deteriorated the structure and guy wires of
its 480 foot broadcast and communications tower near the southeast corner of US
41 and Estero Parkway.
Beasley proposes to construct a new tower identical to the current tower some
30 feet from the present structure. The old tower will be dismantled when
its replacement is built. Cooney added that additional landscaping will
surround the new tower.
North Point DRI:
Chuck Basinait of Henderson Franklin, Starnes & Holt said
that due to economic conditions, the developers of the
102 acre site at the
northeast corner of US 41and Williams Road are asking for an five year extension
through 2014 of its permits for its MPD master plan. No changes are
requested in the plan. The Panel had no objections.
Proposed Red Sox Training Facility in South Lee County:
that the Panel will withhold comment on the situation until a specific
chosen for the 80 acre site. He added that if a site within the Estero
Planning Area is chosen, the Panel will request from Lee County the opportunity
to participate in its planning.
DeLisi: Motion to adjourn. Toth: Second. Motion passed
unanimously. Meeting adjourned at 7:59 PM.
NEXT MEETING: 6:00 PM, MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16TH, ESTERO COMMUNITY PARK.