Estero Community Planning Panel
Public Meeting # 73
March 13. 2006
Marsh Landing Clubhouse, Estero, Florida
Panel Members Present:
Neal Noethlich, Chairman; Don Eslick, Estero Council
of Community Leaders; Greg Toth , Estero Development Community;. Dan DeLisi,
Estero Development Community, Mike Cato, Estero Fire Rescue; Jack Lienesch,
Estero Civic Association. Treasurer: Fran Wagner, ECA. Recording Secretary:
Jim Ramsburg, ECCL. Absent: Carl Barraco, Estero Chamber of Commerce.
Noethlich called the meeting to order at 6:05 PM.
Twenty-five participants were present including 17
members of the general public. Ramsburg reported that public notices of the
meeting were published in the Fort Myers News-Press, the Bonita Daily News
and the Bonita Banner. Notices were posted on the Internet in the Estero
Development Report, news-press.com and on the esterofl.org Web site of the
ECCL/ECPP/ECA/EDRC and the Web site of Estero Fire Rescue. A paid
advertising notice of the meeting was placed in the Bonita Banner of March
8. Meeting notices were posted in Lee County South Regional Library,
Colonial Bank and the Estero office of Realty World.
Wagner reported a current balance of $6,817.06 in the
Community Planning Panel account on deposit at the Colonial Bank in Estero. Toth: Motion to accept Eslick: Second. Report accepted unanimously.
Noethlich distributed minutes of the February meeting.
Toth: Motion to accept minutes. Lienesch: Second. Minutes accepted
Jon Hagen of Banks Engineering and
Joe Pavich & Robert Gerrero of Realty World Florida presented plans for a
proposed two story 20,000 square-foot office building adjacent to the south
side of Fountain Lakes Boulevard on the west side of US 41. The structure
would replace the current temporary building used as a sales office for
Centex Homes. Pavich explained that the primary use for the building would
be for the Realty World real estate office and related businesses -such as
mortgage and title companies. Pavich added that he has worked with the
Fountain Lakes community to obtain its endorsement of the project and that
the project is intended to enhance the entrance to Fountain Lakes. Toth
noted the possible additional use of the building as a real estate training
school and questioned the traffic created by such use. Eslick inquired about
the existence of any environmentally sensitive lands on the site. Pavich
said that the issue will be investigated to comply with environmental
regulations. The Panel noted that a 15 foot buffer is planned between the
site and the US 41 easement. DeLisi said that a 20 foot buffer would be
acceptable and advised the applicant to expand the proposed list of uses for
the building for flexibility in the future. Toth agreed with these comments.
Pavich assured the Panel that he would keep it advised of his follow-through
to its comments. The Panel asked about an access road extending through the
property. A covenant in the purchase contract prohibits such a road,
however, the final decision will be made by Lee County. Noethlich indicated
that the applicant should plan to return to a future ECPP public meeting
when he is in position to provide more specific information.
Land use attorney Matt Uhle
of Knott, Consoer, Ebelini, Hart & Swett presented plans for the proposed
development of 17 single family homes on a
5.52 acre tract at 8790 East
Broadway. The site is a narrow tract south of East Broadway, west of the
current two lane Sandy Lane and east of the Seminole Gulf railroad right of
way. Two deviations are requested in the proposal. The first would allow
only one access point on East Broadway at the site's north side until such a
time when the Sandy Lane extension and realignment are completed when a
second access would be added to its southwest side to connect with the new
Sandy Lane. The second requests a 15 foot buffer between residential lots
and right of ways. The Panel raised no objections to these deviations and
complimented Uhle on the thoroughness of the proposal prepared by TDM
Lienesch reported that Bill Prysi and Nancy
Cohen of the Estero Design Review Committee will represent the EDRC in
establishing the criteria for the David Graham Award for Excellence in
Planning, Design and Construction.. Noethlich asked that the ECPP and EDRC
representatives meet promptly to expedite this project's progress.
Noethlich and Eslick noted the possible Estero Code
violation in the coloring of the canopy fronting the
Shell Oil gasoline and convenience store under construction at Estero
Interstate Commerce Park on the northwest quadrant of I-75 and Corkscrew
Road. Noethlich reported that he will consult with Lee County about this
Estero resident Sam Levy, acting as a volunteer liaison with Lee County,
reported further investigation into the unsightliness and possible traffic
hazards posed by newspaper distribution boxes at four locations in Estero.
Levy said that he will continue to investigate this matter for possible
resolution without interfering with United States Freedom of Press
guarantees. The Panel asked Levy to research statutory for some of his
suggestions that may have been implemented elsewhere and thanked him for his
DeLisi expressed a desire for
greater turnover in representatives from the development community on The
Panel with staggered terms of two or three years. Noethlich asked that
DeLisi put his proposal in writing for Panel consideration at a future
meeting and suggested that applicants be asked to commit to serving a full
term and have business interests in Estero. Delisi said that Estero
residency should merit bonus consideration.
Toth: Motion to adjourn. Eslick: Second. Motion passed unanimously. Meeting
adjourned at 7:48 PM.
6 PM, MONDAY, APRIL 10th, MARSH LANDING CLUBHOUSE