Estero Community Planning Panel
Public Meeting # 75
May 8, 2006
Marsh Landing Clubhouse, Estero, Florida
Panel Members Present
Neal Noethlich, Chairman; Don Eslick, Estero Council of Community Leaders;
Mike Cato, Estero Fire Rescue; Jack Lienesch, Estero Civic Association; Carl
Barraco, Estero Chamber of Commerce; Greg Toth , Estero Development Community;.
Dan DeLisi, Estero Development Community. Treasurer: Fran Wagner, ECA. Recording
Secretary: Jim Ramsburg, ECCL.
Noethlich called the meeting to order at 6:01PM.
Public Participation: Forty-eight participants were present including 39 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, the esterofl.org Web site of the ECCL/ECPP/ECA/EDRC and on the
Web site of Estero Fire Rescue. A paid advertising notice of the meeting was
placed in the Bonita Banner of May 3. 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 $6,478.49 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 April meeting. Lienesch: Motion to
accept minutes. Eslick: Second. Minutes accepted unanimously.
Notice of Proposed Change:
Zoning Amendment to Coconut Point:
Ned Dewhirst of Oakbrook Properties informed of a minor revision proposal
pending in the development’s southern third, south of Coconut Road. He said that
details with potential occupants are being finalized to determine the final
space proposed for office, retail and possibly hotel.
Dewhirst said a change of greater impact will be proposed for Coconut Point’s
northern third, bordering Williams Road, occupied by the
Rapallo residential community.
Dewhirst reported that a residential element will be proposed for the tracts
bordering US 41 and Williams Road. He said the most important element of this
change will be the tract along one half mile of US 41, the corner of US 41 and
Williams Road and one quarter mile of Williams Road. It has been approved for
280,000 sq ft of retail and 40,000 sq ft of office. Dewhirst said the proposed
change will add approximately 300 multi-family residential units to the tract,
lower the retail space to 80,000 sq ft and add an 18,600 sq ft, 460 seat
performing arts center. Dewhirst introduced Rapallo developer Jim Wallace for a
detailed presentation of the area, tentatively known as “The Art District at
Wallace described the area as an Urban Village Lifestyle and presented
preliminary renderings of the concept which involves a number of two and three
story buildings that involve the True Mixed Use proposal of first floor
retail/commercial businesses and residences in the upper stories of the same
structures which would feature courtyards, terraces and hidden parking within
the buildings. Wallace elaborated on the area’s arts related possibilities and
potential but stressed that planning is still in the preliminary stage. Dewhirst
added that all plans are contingent on Lee County agreeing to the concept’s
definition of True Mixed Use.
Reaction from the Panel and general public were highly favorable. DeLisi
commented that the plan, “Has raised the bar for all developers in Estero.”
Suggested Amendment to Estero Community Plan
Florida Gulf Coast
University Associate Professor of Art Patricia Fay conducted a short
presentation outlining the current and potential situations that promise to
elevate Estero’s prominence in the southwest Florida arts community. She
concluded her presentation by requesting an amendment to the
Estero Community Plan
that would further foster arts. The Panel accepted this request for further
investigation as to its appropriateness in the plan.
See a PDF of this presentation.
David Graham Award for Excellence in Planning, Design & Construction
Lienesch and Baracco reported meeting with with Bill Prysi and Joe McHarris
of the Estero Design Review Committee to arrive at
criteria for the award and the application procedure involved. The Panel advised
them to make the criteria and the application process as simple as possible.
Toth: Motion to adjourn. Eslick: Second. Motion passed unanimously. Meeting
adjourned at 7:48 PM.
NEXT MEETING: 6 PM, MONDAY, JUNE 12th, MARSH LANDING CLUBHOUSE