ESTERO COMMUNITY PLANNING PANEL
Minutes of Public Meeting #135 –
January 23, 2012
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; 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, BB&T and
Fifth Third Banks and the ECPP website.
Approval of Minutes: Goodrich:
Motion to waive the reading of the minutes of the December 19, 2011
meeting and accept them as written. Dewhirst: Seconded.
Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer MacNellis
reported a balance of $1,490.67. Goodrich: Motion to accept the
report. Maas: Seconded.
INTRODUCTION OF NEW PANEL MEMBER
Roger Strelow, attorney and ECCL member, was
introduced as the replacement for Erik Dickens, ECCL member who resigned
last month. Roger described his broad environmental,
sustainability and energy management-related experience. The Panel
welcomed him aboard.
Ned Dewhirst, representing Oakbrook Properties
and Funnel Land Investment, LLC, presented a proposed DRI Notice of
Proposed Change and Zoning Amendment for the Brooks DRI/MPD. The
proposal is for a parcel of land located at the eastern terminus of Coconut Road and
next to I-75, consisting of approx. 38 acres. The request will
propose to eliminate the current reservation of 150’ of ROW and
additional acreage for the extension of Coconut Road east and an overpass of
I-75 due to their removal from the MPO 2035 Traffic Plan. Other
requests includes revisions to the zoning MCP, elimination of the
mid-rise MF use, and the addition of up to 200 MF residential units.
When asked when these units might be constructed, he responded that at
present there is not a development schedule for these 38 acres.
The majority of the Panel and one Brooks’ resident in the audience
supported the change. Panel member Maas
expressed his view that the ROW should remain in place for future
consideration of an interchange.
Update on LEE PLAN (Kathie Ebaugh)
Kathie noted that this update to the Lee Plan
will include a new element called “Communities”. The objective is
to use common language for all the community plans in Lee
County. Elements of the current plan
date to 1984; this will be a major update. Next month there will
be a white paper on the subject of Land Use Changes which should be
distributed to all panel members.
Update on Chapter 19 LDC Signage
The first official review of the recommended
language changes that were presented to the county in December 2011 will
be at the February 10th Land Development Code Advisory Committee (LDCAC)
meeting. Jack will attend for the panel.
Community Plan Update Project
Our consultant team had an organizational
kickoff meeting in Ft. Myers earlier this month to plan the next
steps. Dan DeLisi proposed a combined public meeting of the ECPP
and EDRC for February which should get wide public participation.
After discussion of several options, it was decided that Monday,
February 20, 2012 at 5:00 PM we will host a combined Planning Panel and
Design Review Committee workshop at our usual location. Dan DeLisi,
Bill Prysi and others will lead an opening brainstorming session to
review our past 2010 workshop results and capture all ideas for updating Lee County’s
Community Plan and Land Development Codes with respect to Estero
Storage Space for ECPP, EDRC and ECCL files:
Negotiations with Extra Space Storage was finalized. Currently
there are some files available, but the Panel gave permission to
MacNellis to purchase additional cabinets after determining 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 $20pp donation which includes wine and
appetizers – no raffles will be held. Estero’s Village Visionary Award
is normally presented at this meeting each year.
Reservations/tickets: Bev MacNellis, (239) 498-0678.
Maas: Motion to
adjourn meeting. Noethlich: Seconded. Accepted unanimously.
Panel was adjourned at 8:00 p.m.
NEXT REGULAR MEETING:
Monday, February 20, 2012, 5 p.m., Estero