March 14, 2007
The Estero Recreation Center
9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd.
Members in Attendance: Gordon
Lyons, Tom O’Dea, Nancy Cohen,
Al O’Donnell, Jim Wallace, Bill Prysi,
Joe McHarris, Wayne Robinson
Meeting called to order.
Approval of the minutes of the February 14th meeting was called for. A
motion to approve the minutes was made, seconded and carried unanimously.
Minutes were approved with no changes.
Presentation by Scott Beauchesne
Scott Beauchesne introduced the design team for the Cedarwood Retail at Estero
and they presented their project consisting of a 7,544 s.f. retail building
designed for four retail spaces located at U.S. 41 and Coconut Rd. in Coconut
Crossing, incorporating changes based on the comments of the EDRC at the
February 14th meeting.
- An interconnecting sidewalk from building to perimeter sidewalk is
- A bike rack is added on the north side across from the parking
- Entire Dry Detention is planted per Chapter 33.
- Additional buffer/ shrubs provided to buffer parking lot from
- Building perimeter planting increased from 760 sq ft to 1495 sq
- Roebellini palms in the front of the building changed to royal
- The seating area at the front of the building was removed and replaced
with additional landscaping.
Al Quattrone, Quattrone & Associates
Al Quattrone introduced Anthony Santaularia from Diversified Concepts who
presented the revised building design changing the flat one building looking to
a look of five building by changing the roof elevations and incorporating
different colors on each of the building sections to complete the segmented
- Suggest larger accent palms and clusters on low point of building to
enhance the building separation.
- Landscape Plan poorly related to Architecture and needs to be better
designed to relate to the building. Buffer design was not compatible with
Building and does not meet the intent of Chapter 33.
- The use of Palms in buffers does not meet the ratio requirements defined
in Chapter 33.
- The application of required Internal Landscaping was not identified on
the drawings and as presented wasn’t applied.
- Recommend removing knee wall planters and move landscape closer to
building to incorporate under planting trees. The landscape design needs to
incorporate both the required buffer and building perimeter planting in a
more unified and appropriate manner. Poorly designed as presented.
- View from Corkscrew next to Cypress conservation, is side view of
building which is very visible, internal landscaping needs to be quantified.
- Suggest submitting renditions of signs, adjusted landscape plan, and
building colors – warm earth tones with strong value differences.
Rick Johnson, Alan V. Roseman, Grady Minor and Assoc.
This project was originally reviewed in October & December.
- Concerns about how the emergency FDC entrance is controlled, Developer
using breakaway fence.
- Developer using two smaller buildings instead of one large building
- Suggested adding buttonwood to hide the tire store to meet Lee County
- Committee commented on the appropriate relationship of the selected
plant pallate. However, noted concerns that Cabbage Palms can not be used in
soldier courses. Applicant noted that the plan was conceptual and that all
Cabbage Palms would be clustered.
- Committee supports the Water garden in indigenous area.
- Dumpsters screened by 6 ft fence with vegetation around fence as
additional buffer at all 4 dumpster areas.
- Chapter 33 requires cabbage palms at a 2:1 ratio for buffers. Sable
Palms should be 6-8 ft from buildings.
- All buildings should have interconnectivity between buildings for
- Signage width should be greater than height & material must meet current
The committee will send a DO approval letter to the county.
US 41 & Pelican Sound Blvd.
The rear façade elevation was raised, tightened oaks to 30 ft for buffer, and
added live oaks between royal palms.
- Suggested Christmas or Thatch Palms and increasing vegetation next to
- Expand sign base to complement roof by maximizing base height to 2
ft and increasing length.
- Back lit letters must be lit individually.
- Bring back sign with recommended changes for review at the next
The EDRC is concerned there may be a violation of the zoning condition at the
Coconut Point Perimeter landscaping
buffering on Via Coconut Point (Sandy Lane).
- The zoning condition is limited to buffering of building elevations
visible from specific arterial roads, namely Via Coconut Point (aka Sandy
Lane), Coconut Road and US 41.
- It was suggested sending pictures and information to Zoning on
requirements and reviewing zoning conditions.
- Tom Schneider will be in attendance at the April meeting to discuss the
Signage on Stoneys on Corkscrew and (Stoneybrook) Ben Hill Griffin may not be
compliant with Estero Code.
Wayne Robinson has resigned due to family and business commitments.
Next EDRC Meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 11, 2007 at the Estero Park