How You Can Impact the Future of Greater Estero
Development | Traffic | Planning
Engage Estero, an all-volunteer, nonpolitical, nonprofit Community Engagement Association, believes there is a critical need to look closely at the collective impact on traffic because of Estero’s current and projected planned and potential developments.
by the Engage Estero Safety Council and Communications Committee
Coconut Road was built before the Coconut Point Mall opened in 2006. The mall is an example of mixed-use development, which could include any combination of housing, office, retail, medical, recreational, commercial, or industrial components.
Coconut Road serves The Brooks Communities, The Colony, Meadowbrook, El Dorado, Pelican Landing, and Pebble Point. It is a local east-west/west-east corridor to the mall, US41, or further west to the Hyatt Hotel and Raptor Bay Golf Course.
Now, new developments on the west side of US 41 on the two-lane section of Coconut Road are being proposed that will significantly impact the area. This will be in addition to those communities already located on the west side of Coconut Road, such as Meadowbrook, El Dorado, The Colony, Estero Place, Pelican Landing, The Hyatt, and The Hyatt Residence Club.
The infrastructure needed for these new developments (the Woodfield Development (NW corner of US41 and Coconut Road and Saltleaf CDD west end of Coconut Road), such as road and path upgrades, water and sewage lines, electricity, and lighting, etc., requires urgent attention. Coconut Road is the only evacuation route for current and future residents along the western side of Coconut Road. It will pose a serious risk to residents if a solution is not found soon.
Engage Estero is aware of the Village Management’s plan to conduct a Traffic Study either later this year or next. It will be essential to ensure the Study includes the impact of the various planned developments on our roads, especially those occurring on or with access to US41. Given the concerns expressed by many Estero residents, the traffic study should be completed as soon as possible.
The development involving LB Raptor Investments, LLC (which will become Saltleaf CDD), located on approximately 197.69 acres of land north of the western end of Coconut Road, comes under the jurisdiction of both Lee County and the City of Bonita Springs. It will involve 803 residential dwelling units.
Given the additional impact this will have on Coconut Road, which is under Estero Village’s control, it will be highly one-sided if there is no contribution from Lee County and Bonita Springs for road improvements to Coconut Road. The Village leadership is asking Lee County and Bonita Springs to help finance necessary Coconut Road improvements to respond to its likely increased use.
What can you do?
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Estero citizens have asked Engage Estero to inform residents about developments planned for Estero. Please take a moment to answer the following questions. We will present your views to the Village Management and Council. Please share this information with your friends and neighbors.