ESTERO COMMUNITY PLANNING PANEL
Minutes of Public Meeting #130 –
June 20, 2011
Park, Estero, Florida
Panel Members Present:
Jack Lienesch, Chairman, Estero Civic Association; John Goodrich, ECCL;
Erik Dickens, ECCL; Jeff Maas, Estero Chamber of Commerce; Greg Toth,
Founding Member; Dan DeLisi, development community; Ned Dewhirst, Estero
development community; Judy Beach, Substitute Recording Secretary, ECCL;
and Bev MacNellis, Treasurer, ECCL. Absent: Neal Noethlich,
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 May 16th meeting.
Maas: Motion to accept the minutes with correction of April
30 date in the treasurer’s report. Goodrich: Seconded.
Treasurer MacNellis reported a balance of $1,957.67 as of
May 31, 2011. A $100.00 fee received from North Point DRI (5-16-11) is
included in the new balance. Goodrich: Motion to accept the report.
DeLisi: Seconded. Accepted unanimously.
Estero Park Commons
Administrative Amendment for “Place of Worship” – Dara Goren.
Ms. Goren, speaking for the property owner, is requesting an amendment
to allow “Helping Administry for Miracles” obtain a 3-year lease for a
1,200 sq. ft. unit on the property. Services planned for Sundays
10-11 a.m. and Wednesdays 7-8:30 p.m. Expect growth to 70 members
or whatever the fire code will allow. There was some discussion as to
whether this was an Administrative Amendment issue. Members generally
thought the usage was acceptable, particularly since the planned
services are at times when the complex is essentially vacant.
Panel will support this request.
Update on Personal Services usages amendment for
the same property. Jack reviewed the correspondence regarding the
applicant’s request for Personal Services usages. The panel agreed
that Group II (sans Massage Parlors) and Group III (medical appliances)
were appropriate for this location.
Future request for Firestone Minor Automotive
center on the NW corner of the
Auto repair facility not presently on usage list.
After discussion, it was agreed by the Panel that more information was
needed regarding which outlot they were considering and how they would
buffer/landscape the property consistent with the other outlots and the
Lowes facility. A copy of the June 2011 minutes will be forwarded
Electronic Sign issue
for Coconut Point.
Dewhirst summarized background on this subject and reviewed all meetings
to date. Ned strongly suggested that ECPP/EDRC volunteers work with
county staff to rework LDC, Chapter 33, SIGNS, to correct current issues
and begin to address the use of electronic signs. Dewhirst agreed to
make copies of current LDC, Chapters 30 and 33. Lienesch would
like to have something agreed upon regarding signs by the end of July,
as revisions will be presented to the County Board of Commissioners for
approval in early August. Jack will discuss with county legal staff
whether these preliminary drafting activities need be under Florida
Submission. Dan indicated that several panel members will
meet with Kathie Ebaugh on Thursday, June 23, 2011, to discuss next
steps. Kathie had indicated that a special form has been developed
that ECPP can submit as a request for matching county funds for our Plan
update. Funds may be available to ECPP within 30 days after the
BoCC approves this expenditure.
Budget Issue. Our
Fee Waiver with the County Park System expires at the end of July and
will not be renewed for either the ECPP or EDRC. We need to pay in
advance, by the hour, starting in August for any meeting rooms we
require. MacNellis to work with the Park on how to accomplish this.
It was also suggested we investigate other locations.
Coconut Point Noise Issue Update.
Jack reviewed a 1996 document regarding
prohibited uses for properties within 500 feet of Coconut Road. It
was noted that these restrictions do not affect the current noise
control proposals for the Mall that the county is reviewing.
Uptown Larry’s COP.
No update from last month -- unsure of status of
the State of Florida’s administrative complaint.
Estero Community Church
rezone - Notice dated June 9th that a public hearing will be held
on the rezone that we approved in May. No HEX date has been set as
of this writing.
– HEX hearing was June 15th. ECPP reviewed the zoning request back
in October of 2008. Staff report indicated they supported the rezone
but HEX decided to “continue” the case until the final FEMA letter
absolving the developer of the new flood plain regulations due to
Midtowne Estero’s regrading their property adjacent to the river.
DeLisi Resignation from
the Panel. After 11 years of service, minus one year
hiatus, Dan DeLisi announced his resignation from the ECPP Panel.
DeLisi is a self-employed planning and engineering consultant and his
experience has been an tremendous asset to the work done by ECPP.
Interviews are being conducted for his replacement.
Goodrich: Motion to adjourn meeting. DeLisi:
Seconded. Accepted unanimously.
Panel was adjourned at 7:20 p.m.
NEXT REGULAR MEETING: Monday, July 18,
2011, 6 p.m., Estero