ESTERO COMMUNITY PLANNING PANEL
Minutes of Public Meeting #131 –
July 18, 2011
Park, Estero, Florida
Panel Members Present: Jack Lienesch,
Chairman, Estero Community Association; Neal Noethlich, Emeritus
Chairman; Greg Toth, Founding Member; Ned Dewhirst, Estero development
community; Judy Beach, Recording Secretary, ECCL; and Treasurer, Bev
MacNellis, ECCL. Excused Absences: John Goodrich, ECCL; Erik
Dickens, ECCL; Jeff Maas, Estero Chamber of Commerce.
Also present, Kathie Ebaugh, Principal Planner,
Division of Planning, Lee County Department of Community Development
Public Notice: Beach reported that the
meeting notice appeared in the Naples Daily News Calendar, the Century
Link Calendar and Esterofl.org websites. The notice was posted at
the South County Regional Library, Realty World of Estero, the BB&T and
Fifth Third Banks.
Approval of Minutes: Beach distributed
minutes of the June 20th meeting. Dewhirst: Motion to waive the
reading of the minutes of the June 20th meeting and accept them as
written. Lienesch: Seconded. Accepted unanimously.
Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer MacNellis
reported a balance of $2,057.67 as of June 30, 2011. Dewhirst: Motion to
accept the report. Lienesch: Seconded. Accepted unanimously.
Introduction of New Panel Member
Paul Roberts, Southland Development, was
introduced as a new ECPP member. Roberts is a resident of Estero and
will bring a point of view from a local developer’s prospective. He will
fill the vacancy created by last month’s resignation of Dan DeLisi.
Update On Status of ECPP Workplan Document.
Lienesch and Panel reviewed and clarified questions asked by Mary Gibbs
from our earlier drafts. The revised workplan will be submitted to
the county through Kathie Ebaugh. The first step is to get the county
attorneys’ office to evaluate the language prior to its submission to
the Lee County Board of Commissioners. Along with this workplan, a
legal contract between the county and the ECPP will be drafted and
signed by both parties to acknowledge these future efforts.
Signage Changes Submitted to County.
A workgroup of the panel participated in a wide-ranging discussion about
suggested changes in the LDC Estero sign code revisions and the ripple
these changes may have on other parts of the county codes.
Some proposed language changes to the current LDC were discussed.
After much additional dialog, it became apparent that this topic needs
additional focus using county staff and outside experts to ensure we are
on the right path and can rewrite these regulatory documents in an
efficient and effective manner. It will be a focus for our
workplan activities once funding is available.
Electronic Sign issue for
Dewhirst summarized background on this subject and reviewed all meetings
to date. Discussion ensued regarding the fact that the community has
rejected electronic signs at several venues when they were discussed.
Again, it was felt that this topic needs the same attention and care as
that discussed under the general sign codes in Chapter 33 in the
preceding paragraph. It will be part of our ongoing workplan
effort this Fall.
Chase Bank Lighting Lienesch
noted there have been several complaints about how the new Chase Bank
building on US 41 and Corkscrew is lighted at night. Photographs
were passed around. He noted that he had filed a complaint with
County Code Enforcement to ensure this display meets our current code.
The county website indicates that a case has been opened on this issue.
Uptown Larry’s COP Issue: HEX scheduled
for July 28th. Kathie Ebaugh and Greg Toth stated they planned to
Park begins charging in
advance, by the hour, August 1, 2011 for the meeting room. MacNellis to
work with Park and also investigate other locations.
Noethlich: Motion to adjourn meeting.
Lienesch: Seconded. Accepted unanimously.
Panel was adjourned at 7:45 p.m.
NEXT REGULAR MEETING: Monday, August 15,
2011, 6 p.m., Estero