February 13, 2008 at 5:000 P.M.
The Estero Recreation Center
9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd.
Members in Attendance: Tom O’Dea, Al
O’Donnell, Bob Melzer, Gerald Simons, Nancy Cohen, Bill Prysi, Joe McHarris, and
Meeting called to order.
Approval of the minutes of the January 9th meeting was called for. A
motion to approve the minutes was made, seconded and carried unanimously.
Minutes were approved with no changes.
Plaza Del Sol, Concept review
Jose Martinez, Armstrong Development
Jeffrey Satfield and Thomas Lanyon of CPH Engineers presented two (2)
preliminary conceptual site plans for CVS to be located at Plaza Del Sol on the
north corner of Corkscrew and Three Oaks Parkway. The major challenge
being addressed on the site plan is the vehicle use access setback for the drive
through which may require a variance and would be willing to put a false wall
with arches & landscaping for the required boulevard effect. The building
on the site would be conducive to the CVS posted on the EDRC website; oak trees
currently on site will be preserved.
- Lacks adequate internal and external pedestrian connectivity and a bike
- EDRC was OK with setting building farther back than the 25 foot minimum
in an effort to allow the drive through to function so long as the south and
west sides of the building were “architecturally significant”. The applicant
agreed to return with architectural drawings and a revised site plan that
would address the importance of this major intersection.
- Location is high-profile Estero intersection which was originally
proposed by same developer as a dramatic corner statement during the
pre-development order process at which time EDRC enthusiastically endorsed
design concept. However the newly-proposed site plan, sitescaping and
architectural plans are a substantial deviation from the endorsed concept
and significantly lessen this important corner statement.
- All parties acknowledged the importance of this corner site and that any
development that takes place needs to be consistent with the Community Plan
and existing CPD intent.
19801 South Tamiami Trail, North of Estero Pkwy
John Schoellner, General Manager, Estero Country Club
John Schoellner, General Manager of Estero Country Club presented plans for two
storage sheds to be placed on the interior portion of the property to house the
current outdoor storage of equipment. The Vines looked at the site and
helped to pick the color of the sheds, but no correspondence has been received
as yet. The sheds are 12-foot high with 3 sides enclosed and one side
open, building and roof color is fern green, no vents located on the roof, only
eave vents, sheds will be placed on existing asphalt area and no landscaping
will be removed to install the sheds.
All the EDRC is in favor of granting approval subject to letter of approval
being received from The Vines.
Applicant: Estero Professional Center
Doug Pastre, Lee Designs
Doug Pastre of Lee Designs presented plans for the signage for the Estero
Professional Center, which has been relocated to the corner parallel to
Corkscrew and meets all county setback requirements.
The illuminated panels on the sign do not meet code. However, would
meet the intent of Code if the background was dark and only the lettering was
illuminated (i.e.: Reverse light so letters will be lit and not the background).
Applicant: Germain Arena, B and J Golf Carts; and the residential community
of Villagio – I-75 Widening discussion
Jan Norsoph of EHA Planners
Jan Norsoph of EHA Planners presented the I-75 widening project. Florida
DOT is 8-laning I-75 which requires acquisition of land based on the assumption
of a 10-lane configuration. The impact of the acquisition will be
primarily on landscape area. FL DOT will present a cure plan to the
property owners of the acquisition and will give extra money to mitigate the
impact of the acquisition in which the owner can with no obligation to do so,
mitigate the impact.
Germain Arena Discussion:
The acquisition at Germain Arena consists of a strip along the frontage of
11-feet on the north end for about 1500 feet which affects the landscape buffer
for the existing grassed parking. The cure plan far exceeds what is needed
today for landscape buffer with the exception of approximately 270 feet length
of frontage with an existing electrical easement with no room for landscaping,
the remaining 1000 feet of strip will be landscaped. A waiver for the
planting requirement will be needed for the length of 270 feet.
- The approximate 400 feet of minimum or no landscape will not be
acceptable in Estero and will not be approved if presented as such. Sabal
palms and a hedge could be planted in the narrow 130 LF of the plan as
- The EDRC and attending ECPP Members agree that the additional property
necessary to adequately buffer this site from I-75 could be easily acquired
and the loss of parking could be offset on-site. Recognizing that some
previous open space may be lost, it was agreed by all that providing an
adequate and required buffer between the parking (rear of building) was more
important than open space in this particular application.
- Recommend moving the electrical easement if it was necessary to work the
buffer in with utilizing the balance of space for parallel parking.
- All effort MUST be made to provide a buffer between the I-75 improvement
and Germain Arena that at the least, meet MINIMUM code requirements. The
Cure Plan as presented was not acceptable to the Estero Community.
Recommend meeting with Germain and Lee County staff to determine if there is
opportunity to recapture lost parking spaces on the east side of the building.
B and J Carts Discussion:
The acquisition of land at B and J Carts will consist of a 20-foot wide buffer
which will take out all the existing cart storage. FL DOT is proposing a
5-foot buffer which will be landscaped.
- Five feet of buffer is not adequate for screening at B and J Carts.
- Recommend a minimum 10-foot buffer.
- Increase the density to the buffer, besides the oaks, add more sable
palms, 18 per 100-feet, clusters of 7 to 9 in varying heights, and add coco
Bonita Community Health Center sign
Tom O’Dea is pursuing the sign at Bonita Community Health Center; they will be
painting the building and bringing the colors before committee for approval even
though they are not obligated to do so.
There being no further business to come before the committee the meeting was
adjourned at 6:55 p.m.
Next Meeting: Next EDRC Meeting will be held on
Wednesday, March 12, 2008 at the Estero Park Community Center.