14, 2010 at 5:00 P.M.
The Estero Recreation
Corkscrew Palms Blvd.
Members in Attendance:
Al O’Donnell and Bill Prysi
Jack Lienesch, Chairman of the ECPP
Nancy Cohen, Brian Farrar, Joe McHarris, Bob Melzer, Gerald
Simons and Jim Wallace (Opinions included)
Location of Project:
US 41 & Broadway
Gerard Ripo, P.E., Vice President of Development
Due to not having a quorum of the members present, an informal
discussion took place with Southland Group regarding Heritage Pine Trees
located on the proposed parcel at the corner of US 41 and Broadway in
Through discussion at the Meeting it was agreed that the site plan does
not lend itself to preserving the 10 Heritage Pines due to the mixed use
nature of the Development in relationship to the preservation of the
indigenous open space. Replacing the Pine Trees does not seem
feasible unless the replacements themselves are located within the
Preserve Area (Indigenous Open Space). The EDRC recognizes that the
Applicant has taken efforts to create viable indigenous open space areas
while the remaining ten (10) Heritage Pines fall within development
zones. Pines in this situation will not survive or thrive in a manner
that warrants the efforts required to preserve them. The EDRC feels that
the Applicant’s commitment to provide more than the required replacement
trees in a manner that benefits the public areas of the proposed
development far exceeds the benefit of preserving the Heritage Trees in
question in the manner that they would be left in.
to the more than doubling of the required replacement trees (22 versus
10) committed to by the Applicant, the EDRC feels that utilizing readily
available 200- Gallon 18’-20’H trees is a betterment as opposed to the
20’H tree requirement.
Committee recommends Live Oaks as a replacement so long as they are
integrated into the pedestrian walkway and open plaza areas. The
applicant agrees to replace the 10 Heritage Pines with twenty-two (22)
18-20-feet, 200 gallon Live Oak trees to be integrated into pedestrian
orient open space areas.
indigenous lakes and open areas should all be connected on the north and
east sides of the development as part of the commitment from the
a wildlife habitat standpoint the Committee questions the requirement to
fence off the railroad right away from the project. This seems to be
completely counterproductive to benefit of preserving the indigenous
areas as habitat.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010, 5:00 P.M. at the Estero Recreation Center.