Village of Estero March 2019 Meeting Recaps

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Village of Estero March 2019 Meeting Recaps


Council Meeting on  March 6, 2019


Workshop – Mine Studies Peer Review


Bill Spikowski, Spikowski Planning Associates and consultant to the Village, gave a report on his peer review of mine reports including the Stuart and Waldrop studies.He first described how mining for limestone lowers the water level or wetlands in the surrounding area, as well as the negative impacts to existing neighborhoods and wildlife.  He stated that mining is the highest land use, when we should have a balance of land use in the DRGR (Density Reduction Groundwater Resource) area where much of our drinking water supply comes from. Mining in the DRGR negatively impacts the downstream communities of Estero and Bonita Springs. He pointed out that the Waldrop report was wrong in that it greatly overstates the need for limerock based on inaccurate population counts, under estimated the amount of limerock that can be produced from several current mines and didn’t include the mines located in adjacent Charlotte and Collier counties.

Public Comment: 10 residents spoke in support of the Village taking action by contacting county and state officials relating the information from this peer review.

Staff will draft a letter for Council to send to the county and Mayor Boesch will contact the 5 other local municipalities in an effort to work together to resolve this issue.

Stormwater Master Plan Update


The Village’s consultants from JR Evans gave a presentation on the Stormwater Master Plan.  The plan details the regional hydrology affecting Estero from water flowing from the east of I-75 into the Estero River and Halfway Creek.

Their report included recommendations for 9 site specific stormwater improvement projects: Villages at Country Creek bypass, Three Oaks Parkway drainage improvements, Villagio/Estero Parkway drainage improvements, Estero Parkway culvert, River Ranch Road drainage improvements, dry creek bed sediment removal near Bamboo Island, Estero River side banks sediment removal on Sandy Lane, Broadway Ave. main tributary, and U.S. 41, north of Williams Rd. and south of Corkscrew Road.  They also pointed out that maintenance projects need to be done annually.

FGCU Professor Dr. Don Duke presented a report on the work that he and his students conducted regarding local water resources.  They worked to identify all of the ponds within Estero, which turned out to be 432 ponds with a total of 1,370 acres, mostly in residential communities.   They are continuing to model the ponds at the University, which can be useful to the Village.


Additional details will be available in the minutes of this meeting.  Residents may also view the archived meeting by going to the Village website http://estero-fl.gov/council/watch-meetings-online/.

The next Council meeting will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 20, 2019.



Design Review Board on March 13, 2019

Sprouts Farmer Market

Representatives for Sprouts Farmers Market at Estero Grande (located west of US 41 at the intersection of Estero Parkway and US 41 presented their plans for a 29,000 sq. ft. grocery store, associated parking, infrastructure and monument sign before the Design Review Board on March 13.

The applicants stated they have made a number of changes to the building’s architectural design following February’s Public Information Meeting.  They have added a more Spanish mission style look to the corners of the building similar to adjacent stores, lightened the color of the building and changed the stone color as well to provide a more Mediterranean look.  In addition, they are working to add faux windows to the side of the building to break up the blank walls.




Additional details will be available in the minutes of this meeting.  Residents may also view the archived meeting by going to the Village website http://estero-fl.gov/council/watch-meetings-online/


The next Design Review Board meeting will be at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 27, 2019.


Planning & Zoning Board  Meeting on March 19, 2019

The Planning & Zoning Board started their meeting with a Public Information Meeting addressing a request to rezone the old post office property at 8111 Broadway East from agriculture to commercial use.  This site was originally developed as Estero’s first post office.

The applicant is proposing to add a new facade to the building to fit in with Estero standards. They presented artist’s concepts showing the addition of windows at the front of the building and towers at each end of the building, rising to a height of 24’6”.  They will provide one driveway, sidewalks and will further address connectivity to the adjacent strip mall.  They will be removing the exotics to the east of the building and replacing them with a 10 foot buffer of native species.  They are requesting four deviations.



Additional details will be available in the minutes of this meeting.  Residents may also view the archived meeting by going to the Village website http://estero-fl.gov/council/watch-meetings-online/


The next Planning & Zoning Board meeting will be at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 16, 2019.



Council Meeting on March 20, 2019



Planning & Zoning and Design Review Board items

Council voted to reappoint Marlene Naratil and James Tatooles to the Planning & Zoning Board for three-year terms ending on March 31, 2022.  They appointed Scotty Wood to continue to serve as chairman of this board.

Council voted to reappoint Barry Jones to the Design Review Board for a two-year term ending on March 31, 2021.  They appointed William Glass to serve as the state-registered architect for purposes of determining a quorum.  They appointed Barry Jones to serve as chairman of this board.




Workshop


Estero Branding

Public Works Director David Willems presented an update of the preliminary results from the branding survey and focus group sessions.  There were 7 in-person sessions with a cross section of the community.   91 percent of the responders to the survey were residents of gated communities.   Some of the common positive responses were Estero is good location, close to shopping and entertainment, and a safe community.  Some of the negative responses pertained to traffic and growth.


Code Enforcement mitigation

The Village has a high rate of compliance with code violations; however, Council had asked that staff and the Village Attorney to review how other cities handle Code Enforcement mitigation.



Additional details will be available in the minutes of this meeting.  Residents may also view the archived meeting by going to the Village website http://estero-fl.gov/council/watch-meetings-online/.


The next Council meeting will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 3, 2019.

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