ESTERO COMMUNITY PLANNING PANEL
Minutes of Public Meeting #108 –
October 19, 2009
Estero Community Park, Estero,
Jack Lienesch, Chairman, Estero Civic Association;
Dan DeLisi, Estero Development Community; John Goodrich, ECCL; Greg Toth,
Estero Development Community ;
Treasurer: Bev MacNellis, ECCL;
Secretary: Bill Brown, ECCL
Absent: Lin Welch and
Lienesch called the meeting to order at 6:04 PM.
Brown reported that the meeting notice appeared in the News-Press
on Website Calendar and Esterofl.org website. The notice was posted at
the South County Regional Library, Realty World of Estero, the BB&T and Wachovia
Brown distributed minutes of the July meeting.
Goodrich: Motion to accept minutes.
Bev MacNellis reported that there had
been no income or expenditures during the last month and as of September 30 the
balance was $765.61 in the Community Planning Panel account on deposit at the
Goodrich: Motion to
accept the previous report as current. Toth: Second. Accepted
High School Sign:
Lienesch reported that the Assistant Principal of the Estero High School had
sent him a design for a new high school sign which he passed on to the Design
Review Committee. They determined that the proposed sign did not meet the Estero
sign requirements of the Lee County Development Code. The proposed design is for
a pedestal sign and the Estero section of the Code calls for monument signs.
Also the proposal calls for an electronic LED sign which is prohibited. Toth and
DeLisi disagreed as to whether or not the Estero sign design provisions applies
to the School Board; therefore it was agreed that Lienesch would contact Donna
Marie Collins at the County Attorney’s Office for a clarification.
Village proposal (
previously known as Estero 35, North of Ken Johnson’s Broadway Shops).
Lienesch said that Southland had been
scheduled for this evening’s meeting, but due to a conflict with a Fort Myers
hearing on another project they asked to be rescheduled for November. Bev
MacNellis reported that Marlene Fernandez was concerned that the Southland
proposal could increase the flooding problem for her property on Trailside Drive
on the west side of US41.
She will advise
Marlene of the November hearing. DeLisi said Southland has revised their mixed
use proposal which they will present to the ECPP on November 16.
Wal-Mart: Lienesch reported on Wal-Mart’s desire to
redesign the store and add three additional outlots fronting on US 41. Nothing
further has been heard from Wal-Mart since the August 26th meeting
with some ECCL and ECPP members and residents of the
Vines. Don Eslick held a
Workshop on the subject on September 11 designed primarily to educate new
residents on the current design and zoning which was the result of much hard
work by the ECPP and ECCL. Both the Vines and the Breckenridge Master Boards
have voted to support that zoning and oppose any major changes. Toth and DeLisi
said that while they could agree to a smaller store they would be opposed to
changes in the appearance and additional out-lots which hurt the outstanding
landscaping that is required in the current zoning.
Midtowne Estero: Lienesch reported that the Lee
County online docket shows no action since July 9 on Midtowne’s suit against the
County for denying their rezoning request. This resulted when the County
Commission agreed with the Estero community’s united opposition to the rezoning
Lienesch reported that the Design
Review Chairman Tom O’Dea is back and will resume his efforts to work with the
County to tighten the Estero Sign provisions in the Development Code.
Estero Parkway flyover dedication on October 23:
Lienesch discussed with the Panel comments he plans to make at the dedication.
adjourned at 7:00 PM.
6:00 PM, MONDAY, NOVEMBER 16TH, ESTERO COMMUNITY PARK.