April 2019 Meeting Recaps for the Village of Estero
Planning and Zoning Board – April 16th
The Shoppes at Coconut Point
The applicant was requesting an amendment to the Coconut Point MPD/DRI to allow conversion of 6,000-square feet of retail to allow for rental of the 6,000-square feet for medical office space. This existing 25,000-square foot building is located at 8350 Hospital Drive, on the corner of Pelican Colony Boulevard and US 41.
The Board voted to approve this application.
Planning and Zoning Board – April 24th
Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan
A consultant for the project reviewed the fact that there had been a number of ways for the community to participate in the planning process. Over 1,000 comments were made online, there were focus groups with a mix of people representing the chamber of commerce, business, the park, etc., and two public workshops were conducted.
Connectivity and safety were determined as key to an implementable plan. The two safest routes would be the utility corridor going down to Bonita Springs and the SUN Trail which could possibly be completed by 2030.
Public Hearing – Aldi at Estero Town Center.
This is a proposed 22,149 square-foot grocery store which is located east of US 41 and directly north of Walmart at Estero Parkway.
On April 10, the Board had voted to recommend a continuance for two weeks until the Village Land Use Attorney could address the existing pole signage or billboard on the applicant’s property since pole signage is not allowed in Estero.
The Board approved the deviation request for the reduced FDOT-approved entryway with a right in and right out as well as the store design and monument sign.
The next Design Review Board meeting will be at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 8, 2019.
Council Meeting – April 24th
Dr. Sandra Kauanui, Florida Gulf Coast University’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, announced they are conducting a fundraising effort in order to build a new Center on campus to support this important program. The Center is currently housed off-campus in the Emergent Technologies Institute. They have been given a commitment of $4 million to be matched by the community. There are only three Centers such as this in the country.
Ordinance No. 2019-22 Second Reading and Pubic Hearing
Council voted to adopt this ordinance which pertains to appeals from the Planning & Zoning Board and Design Review Board. This ordinance allows an appeal by the Council or Village Manager of decisions made by the two Boards and states Council may take jurisdiction of Board decisions within a 30-day timeframe.
Contract renewal for the code enforcement Special Magistrate – Council voted to approve this contract with Special Magistrate Joseph Faerber.
Ranking of Estero River sedimentation analysis consultants – Council voted to approve the ranking of consultants and negotiate a contract to perform the sedimentation analysis of the Estero River. The consultant selected is Coastal Engineering Consultants, Inc. Removal of the sediment will probably not occur for two years.
Mining in the DRGR – Council voted to extend the existing contract with Bill Spikowski, Spikowski Planning Associates, in order to address areas of concern pertaining to mining in the DRGR. These concerns will be submitted to the same state agencies as those submitted by Lee County regarding proposed changes to land-use policies covering lime rock mines.
Community Development block grant – Urban County Cooperation Agreement
There was a discussion about an opportunity for the Village to be included in the Urban County Cooperation Agreement for federal entitlement funds. Bonita Springs uses these funds for sidewalks. Council will address this at a future meeting.
Additional details are available in the minutes of all meetings by going to the Village website http://estero-fl.gov/council/watch-meetings-online/