ESTERO COMMUNITY PLANNING PANEL
Minutes of Public Meeting #111 – January 11, 2010
Estero Community Park, Estero, Florida
Panel Members Present: Jack Lienesch, Civic Association, Chairman;
John Goodrich , ECCL; Erik Dickens, ECCL; Treasurer: Bev MacNellis,
ECCL; Recording Secretary: Bill Brown, ECCL Absent: Lin Welch,
Neal Noethlich, Dan DeLisi and Greg Toth.
Public Notice: Lienesch called the meeting to order at 6:01 PM with seventeen in
the audience. Brown reported that the meeting notice appeared in the News
Press this morning, the Naples News Website calendar, Century-Link Estero Events
Calendar and Esterofl.org websites. The notice was posted at the South County
Regional Library, Realty World of Estero, the BB&T and Wachovia Banks.
Secretary’s Report: Brown distributed minutes of the December meeting.
Goodrich: Motion to accept minutes as corrected. : Dickens Second.
Treasurer Bev MacNellis reported that the current balance of $494.61 is in
the Community Planning Panel account on deposit at the BB&T Bank. Dickens:
Motion to accept the report as e-mailed. Goodrich: Second. Accepted
On Street parking request for Heatherstone at Rookery Point – Joe Krepel,
Property Manager. Responding to residents’ requests the Heatherstone Board
voted to make the perimeter road, Foxhall Way one-way on the eastern side
thereby allowing 18 parking spaces. The Estero Fire Marshall, Phillip Green,
indicated that he had worked out an agreement for No Parking at the corners of
cross roads to provide for a Fire Lane. He said there are similar problems at
Copper Oaks. After Panel discussion, Lienesch agreed he would write stating the
Panel agreed with the Heatherstone Association proposal, suggesting the
association board sort out which direction the one way should go.
Neale Montgomery, Pavese Law Firm and Al Moscato of NM Development Group
indicated as a result of the I-75 Flyover extension of Estero Parkway bordering
University Highlands at the new corner of the Parkway and Ben Hill Griffin,
University Highlands wants to change the mix of permitted uses. They hope to
submit a new schedule of uses by the end of January which will reduce the number
of residents and increase commercial on the Ben Hill Griffin side of the
property. This would include a 200 room hotel and an additional office building
which might be a medical office. Dickens suggested that this might provide for
the emergency facility that the Council of Community Leaders has been working
with Bonita Springs to get. Montgomery agreed she would meet with the chairman
of the Community Leaders, Don Eslick to explore this possibility. The four
residents of Grandezza present were asked for their input. Goodrich got
assurance from Montgomery that there would be no Big Box. Montgomery said
they would return to the Panel when they had details of the proposed changes.
Midtowne Estero Status- Lienesch
reported on the Board of County Commissioners’ compromise which accepts the
Court’s decision to approve the requested zoning with the proviso that no
building can exceed 99,999 sq. feet, thus ruling out a Big Box. The County
Director of Community Development, Mary Gibbs told Lienesch that the developer
will have to redo the Master Concept Plan and the County Attorney’s office will
draft language to put the proviso in the zoning. The Design Review Committee
will have jurisdiction when the developer seeks a Development Order. Lienesch
indicated the Panel needs to try to avoid this kind of court reversal again by
revising the Corkscrew Overlay perhaps by adding provisions for specific
building size limitations in Chapter 33 of Lee County’s land development code.
High School sign: the proposal for the sign has been withdrawn because of
Developer’s Check List on Website: Lienesch proposed the following changes,
in addition to language on the $100 fee for developer’s first appearance. The
issue is the links to County documents no longer work because of reorganization
of the documents by the County. The proposal is that the panel would
request specific information from developers such as:
· What zoning changes are you
· Property layout and location
· Surrounding zoning
height/setback/buffer type, etc.
· Traffic Patterns
· Chapter 30 and 33 compliance
· Requested deviations, if any
· Water flow management
that the Design Review Committee will meet Wednesday at which time he plans to
introduce Brian Farrar as a new Committee member and to reinstate the Signage
Meeting adjourned at 7:25 PM.
MONDAY, February 15, ESTERO COMMUNITY PARK