Estero Design Review Committee
November 8, 2006
The Vines Country Club – The Perry Room
Meeting Time: 5:00 P.M.
Members in Attendance:
Nancy Cohen, Al O’Donnell, Tom O’Dea, Jim Wallace, Gerald Simons,
Gordon Lyons, Joe McHarris
Meeting called to order.
Approval of the minutes of the October 11th meeting were called
for. A motion to approve the minutes was made, seconded and
carried unanimously. Minutes were approved with no changes.
CPH of Ft. Myers
CPH presented the
building design of the 4,770 SF building and was told that the flat
roof did not meet code requirements for the Corkscrew Road overlay
in Estero. The elevations are not identified correctly and need to
be changed. The building colors and base and cornice were thought to
be appropriate and the Applicant was encouraged to keep these
elements as they rework the building into more of a Mediterranean
style. The west side of the building needs to be articulated.
Suggestions included trellis with plantings, wrapping the windows on
that side with awnings as shown on the front of the building,
pattern the kitchen portion of the wall with scoring.
indicated they intend to have a monument sign at the corner.
(Subsequent to the meeting the undersigned learned that an
understanding on monument signs was established between County staff
and Kite Development. The Applicant is therefore urged to coordinate
their signage with the developer.) When the Applicant returns with
their redesign at the next EDRC meeting the committee will base
their signage review on the amended guidelines for The Town Commons.
Landscaping…Add 5 Sables
at west side of building and stagger the heights at 8 and 16 feet.
Soldiering of Sables is prohibited by Chapter 33. At south side,
there is a possible problem with oaks interfering with dumpster
removal. Suggest two groups of 3 sables on each island. Dry
Retention Basins are required to be planted with wetland shrub
species (i.e. Spartina) in accordance with Chapter 33. The EDRC
requires that the entire retention basin be planted with Cordgrass (
1 gal.@ 3’ on center spacing) and/or other like species. Trees in
dry retention in parking area change to Cypress or Holly. Take
extra care with preservation of large live oaks. The EDRC does not
believe that the measure the Applicant is taking will ensure or
provide for the survival of these Oaks. Undulate basin elevation or
other measures as needed to avoid cutting oak tree roots or
adversely changing the hydrology at the tree’s base..
Fee: Return Project – Previously Paid
Presentation by: Christian Andrea – Architectural Land Design
presented the problem caused by the death of three live oaks at the
entrance to the development and the proposed solution made to County
staff. Staff instructed the applicant to return to the EDRC for
concurrence with the solution which includes the installation of 22
new trees. The EDRC concurs with the design conclusions the
Applicant has made to mitigate the loss of he original Live Oaks. The
EDRC also agrees with the Applicants suggestion to use “Character”
type Live Oaks as opposed to the conventional Florida No. 1s with
straight leaders and manicured tops. The EDRC recommends that the
Applicant adjust the actual tree locations to best place the
replacement Oaks and other trees in the detention area that best
shows and provides views to the replacement Oaks from Corkscrew
Amsouth Bank – Estero
The committee reviewed and approved the signage submitted for Amsouth Bank.
The committee discussed the need to have the general developer of
a site, coordinate all of the parcels on his site for overall
consistency, interconnectivity, etc. Toward that end, it was
decided to invite Kite Development to our next meeting.
The committee announced that the next meeting in December will
be held at the Community Center in Estero Park. The committee
expressed its deep appreciation to Jim Wallace for allowing the
committee to use the facilities at
Rapallo over the past several
months. The accommodations were outstanding.
Next Meeting: Next EDRC Meeting will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2006,
5:00 P.M. at The Estero Park Community Center