Estero Community Planning Panel
Public Meeting # 80
September 11, 2006
Marsh Landing Clubhouse, Estero, Florida
Panel Members Present
ECPP Chairman Neal Noethlich, ECCL; Jack Lienesch, Estero Civic
Association; Don Eslick, Estero Council of Community Leaders; Lin Welch, Estero
Chamber of Commerce; Greg Toth , Estero Development Community; Dan Delisi,
Estero Development Community; Frann Wagner Treasurer, ECA; Recording Secretary
Bill Brown, ECCL.
Twenty participants were present including 12 members of the general public.
Brown reported that there were display ads in the Bonita Banner on September 6
and September 9. The notice was in the Estero section of the News-Press Web
page, the Banner Web and the joint Web Page – EsteroFL.Org. It was in the Banner
Briefly Column on Aug. 9th. It was posted in the Library, Realty World and
the Wachovia and Colonial Banks.
Lienesch: Motion to accept July 10th Meeting Minutes. Toth: Second.
Minutes accepted unanimously.
September 11 balance: $5,600.49
GREATER ESTERO ARTS COUNCIL
Judy Beach and Bev MacNellis announced two Estero arts projects:
- “Spirit of the Gulf” concert which will be held at 7:00 p.m. on
September 30 in the Estero High School Auditorium to raise funds for the
High School Landscaping Project. Tickets are $20. Tickets can be ordered
- Arts in Estero 2007 is scheduled at the Estero Community Park on
In response to a request from the Arts Council – Eslick: Motion to make the
Arts Council the fifth member of the joint Web page, esterfl.org to share in
their portion of the cost. Toth: Second. Motion passed unanimously...
As Approved by BoCC, and Summary of Design Guidelines, presented by Shellie
Johnson, Barraco & Associates, Inc. The August 21 Lee County Commissioners
approval of the Carmargo North Mixed Planned Development did not include the
design guidelines which the developer had discussed with the Planning Panel.
Therefore, the purpose of this appearance to make a commitment by the applicant
to abide by the guidelines submitted to the Planning Panel. Toth raised a
question about the roof requirements on page 4 of the submitted guidelines that
says, “Parapets will be used to conceal roof top equipment and flat roofs where
required”. He pointed that it is the Estero policy to avoid flat roofs. Ms.
Johnson promised to convey this to the developer.
Informational Presentation Re Plans to Relocate Methodist Church Thrift
Reverend David Harris, Sis Newberry and Richard Barrow presented plans to
move the Thrift Shop to a new 5,000 square foot metal building on the corner of
Broadway and Highlands Avenue. The new metal building would be painted the
same color as the Church. This would remove an unsightly building presently on
US 41. In an area which the Church plans to landscape and place a church signs
with the United Methodist Logo. Newberry asked for the Panel’s opinion as to
their chances for getting approval for this project. Delisi said the chances are
not good if the building looks like shed, but it could work if it were given an
Old Florida look like the Soto House across the street. Toth said that the
proposed metal building looks like a maintenance shed. He suggested that it
should be designed to fit in with the Church’s overall building plans. Noethlich
said the Panel favored the removal of the building, but not the design of the
new metal building. Eslick suggested that the project be broken up into two
building so as to not overpower neighboring homes and make it easier to add Old
Florida architecture. Eslick suggested that the corner from which the Thrift
Shop is being removed might be a site for the FDOT to place the retention pond
they had proposed for across US41 on the Boomer property. Reverend Harris
responded they would be willing to consider that proposal.
Lienesch presented a simplified procedure for the David Graham Award for
Excellence in Development. Noethlich said information about the award could be
put on the joint Web Site. Welch asked whether there would be just one award in
a year. Delisi suggested that landscaping and public safety be added to the
criteria. Toth Motion there be one David Graham Award for Excellence in
Development each year chosen by the ECPP and EDRC based on the guidelines
presented. Delisi.Second. Motion passed unanimously. Welch Motion that the Award
be given once a year with the choice being made in the last quarter of the year
and presented the next year. Delisi.Second. Motion passed unanimously.
Discussion of Proposed Mixed-Use Density Amendment CPA2005-35:
Noethlich referred to the Summary of the September 2 Workshop that he
e-mailed to everyone. .Eslick Motion that Noethlich and Delisi meet with the
County Planning staff to determine what needs to be done to eliminate the use of
special exceptions in Estero and that they be empowered to undertake whatever
action is needed. Toth: Second. Motion passed unanimously.
Noethlich reported that East Corkscrew residents were meeting tonight to
decide whether or not to join with the Estero Planning Panel in developing an
East Corkscrew Overlay as an addition to the Estero Plan.
Review of List of Potential Consultants
Delisi said that we need much more then the $50,000 that the County has
budgeted to hire a consultant that is qualified to do what needs to be done. We
would need more like $100,000 to $200,000. He would like to see us retain one of
the planners from the Northeast that do heritage plans... Eslick suggested that
we need another workshop with possible consultants and other communities to
discuss this matter. It was decided to schedule such a workshop for October 28.
Toth: Motion to adjourn. Eslick: Second. Motion passed
unanimously. Meeting adjourned at 8:48 PM.
NEXT REGULAR MEETING: 6 PM, MONDAY, OCTOBER 9th, ESTERO COMMUNITY PARK