December 10, 2003
The Vines Country Club – The Perry Room
Meeting Time: 5:20 P.M.
Members in Attendance: Wayne Robinson, Cynthia Caterham, Ron Dillon, Gordon Lyons, Al O’Donnell, Bill Prysi, Dwight Oakley
Members Absent: Diane Ferrando, Bob Flato
Minutes by: Scott Wickett
Meeting Minutes of November 12, 2003
Presentation by: Brian Smith, Baracco & Associates
Increase density and size of plantings on Williams Road and north property line berms (minimum 14’ OA, 45-gallon oaks)
Live Oaks cannot be too close to power lines; plant at north edge of 20’ buffer
Use larger plant material than on adjoining Williams Road (Pelican Sound) berm (proposed berm is not as tall)
Taller staggered Sabal Palms, and increase quantities in groups on north property line and Williams Road berms (to buffer 2-story buildings)
Use double-row hedge of taller, 10-galllon (5’ height) material along Williams Road berm; possibly only use 10-gallon material for back row Embassy Suites Hotel
Presentation by: Mike Sheely, Sheely Architects, Jackie Schuette, David Jones & Associates
The EDRC made the following Comments/Suggestions:
Larger plant material throughout project; minimum tree size requested 14’ overall, 45-gallon material (typical minimums throughout).
Add palms in sewage easement on west side of property (these palms cannot count against county minimum requirements). It was further recommended that the easement be better designed to facilitate a more appropriate landscape application.
Color rendering does not match with footprint on architectural plan (will be fixed for next month’s meeting presentation)
Suggested continuous tile-roof segment along front façade to better articulate the structure.
The mustard-yellow color of outside walls is horrible
Requested ironwork over / around windows to better articulate a medeterranean theme.
Verified that future restaurant will conform to building design
Committee asked about pedestrian access; presenter responded that there would be little pedestrian activity outside of the building. Recommended better pedestrian circulation throughout parking areas.
Need plants around lift station (presently unbuffered). Relocate easement to facilate appropriate landscaping in parking and throughout site.
Committee recommends substitutes for Dahoon Holly in entryway (ex. Mahogany or black olive shady lady)
Irrigation plan is insufficient
There is not enough plant material in front of the building; Committee suggested taller (and perhaps better) trees in front, particularly in center island. Cabbage palms as formal treatments and at the base of a large building are not appropriate.
Suggest better-quality palms, i.e. royals, foxtails, dates, etc. instead of sabals for entry and median
Suggest wider islands along entry corridor and greater volume of plantings to compensate for huge parking lot
Suggested more decorative pavers from main entry continuously through porte cochere; presently it’s just concrete everywhere.
Suggest rounded windows on top floor all across front of building
NOTE: The EDRC is not issuing a formal letter at this time due to numerous inconsistency and discrepancies within the project. Applicant has committed to re-presenting to the EDRC during their January 2004 meeting.
Cynthia Caterham will be leaving the committee. Thank you Cynthia for your valued insights. Dwight Oakley, Architect, has volunteered to serve on the committee, and a recommendation to appoint him to the committee will be sent to the ECPP for their approval. A vote was held to recommend his appointment to the committee.
Next EDRC Meeting Will be Held on Wednesday, January 14, 2003 at 5:00 P.M. at The Vines Country Club – The Perry Room