ESTERO COMMUNITY PLANNING PANEL
Minutes of Public Meeting #141 – October 15,
Estero Community Park,
Panel Members Present: Jack Lienesch,
Chairman, Estero Community Association; Ned Dewhirst, Estero Development
Community; Greg Toth, Founding Member; Paul Roberts, Rockford
Development Group; Jeff Maas, Estero Chamber of Commerce; Roger Strelow,
ECCL; John Goodrich, ECCL and Bev MacNellis, Treasurer. Absent:
Neal Noethlich, Emeritus Chairman
Also present: Patrick Vanasse, RWA Inc.; Beverly
Grady, Roetzel&Andress and six others representing Pelican Sound.
Public Notice: Lienesch reported that the meeting
notice was posted on the ECPP website and reportedly the notice was also
posted at several local banks.
Minutes and Treasurer’s Report: Lienesch
noted that the minutes of the August 20th meeting had been vetted by the
panel and the updated version is posted on our website. Treasurer
MacNellis reported a balance of $1,126.31. Dewhirst: motion to
approve both the minutes and treasurer’s report, Goodrich: seconded.
Both were approved.
Pelican Sound Riverside Improvements
Beverly Grady and Patrick Vanasse presented a
plan to amend the Pelican Sound DRI project to add enhancements that the
residents are requesting. These consist of a new fitness club,
expansion of the existing Riverclub Restaurant, additional river
structures to allow a safer and larger kayak launch, clearing of some
overgrown vegetation to allow more open space and several other
improvements. The panel members had all received details of these
proposed updates in electronic form prior to the meeting. As the
changes are all interior to Pelican Sound’s property, there was not much
discussion regarding the scope of the project. Greg – can you
discuss the additional deviations to the master concept plan you are
proposing? Pat – there are only two additional deviations in this
request that deal with internal buffers and landscaping, primarily. Jeff
– what about along the river? Pat – adding a floating dock and
extending other docks for better viewing by the residents. Greg –
the added boat storage area along Williams Road will have what kind of
screening? Pat – a 15’ enhanced buffer is in the current MCP.
They will add more plantings to ensure adequate screening for that
storage area. Greg – are there changes to the wetlands/greenspace
allocations with these changes. Pat – the minimum requirements
will be exceeded after these changes.
Lienesch noted that the panel is in agreement
with the proposed improvement to Pelican Sound and only cautioned that
the county should ensure the boat storage landscape screening for
Williams Road is adequate for that purpose.
Community Plan Update – Dan DeLisi
Dan presented a draft of proposed updated
language for Goal 14: Estero in the updated Lee Plan that is undergoing
a total redo at the county level. Dan reviewed changes the county
is making to suit their requirements and additional changes that DeLisi
and his team are proposing to align better with the collective outputs
from our three public workshops, panel meetings, EDRC meetings and
findings by their team as they assessed Estero as a community.
The draft was shown on the screen and the panel
and audience reviewed it line by line to capture the thoughts presented
and discuss them at length. Dan also showed a set of graphics
highlighting the “Framework Plan” map as well as a map of the “Historic
Core Area” in Estero. His focus is on making the historic area the
key element of a Towne Center concept for our community.
Many panel members and members of the audience
made comments and offered constructive criticisms which were recorded.
Dan will review and have his team make a new draft for a future meeting.
Corkscrew Woods Status
Roger updated the panel on the BoCC hearing on
this property. The rezone was approved by the BoCC however the
associated Transfer of Development Rights proposal (TDR) stalled and was
tabled at the hearing. Other developers are also working on a “fee
in lieu” program associated with TDRs similar to what Camaratta is doing
for the Corkscrew Woods project. The panther crossing commitment
on Corkscrew road is apparently alive and well at this point.
David Graham Status
Jeff announced that he will have a meeting with
principals at Lowes on October 17th to sort out their interest level.
- Jack noted
that the September 5th signage workshop notes were distributed and
vetted by attendees. An updated copy was sent to all panel members
and other interested parties.
Sirlin and Howard Levitan both attended this meeting and remain
interested in serving in some capacity for the ECPP. Both are
retired attorneys with land use background.
- Ned –
proposed starting our panel meetings at 5:00 PM instead of 6:00 PM
to ensure we have adequate time to complete our agendas. After
discussion, it was decided to begin this practice at our next
meeting and assess if this approach is acceptable to the public.
Panel was adjourned at 8:05 p.m.
NEXT REGULAR MEETING:
Monday, November 19th, 2012, 5:00 p.m., Estero