Village of Estero Meeting(s) Recap for September 2018
The Planning & Zoning Board held a public hearing for the Miromar Outlet Hotel at their meeting at 4:00 p.m., September 18.
The hotel, which will consist of 135 rooms on four floors, is located in the northwest quadrant of the Miromar Outlet Mall on approximately 2.1 acres, south of Germain Arena, abutting I-75 and a lake.
Planning & Zoning Board recommended council approval with the staff recommended conditions with the project site and plans.
The agenda is here: https://estero-fl.gov/agendas/.
Residents were invited to attend and offer comments, or they may watch the meeting online at: http://estero-fl.gov/council/watch-meetings-online/.
Coconut Point Pre-owned Vehicles, Heartland Dental, The Colonnade and Texas Roadhouse presented before the Design Review Board on September 12, 2018
Coconut Point Ford Pre-owned Vehicles monument sign
The applicant presented their proposal to install one double-faced ground sign, a 3 – 4-foot retaining wall and modify landscape and grading at the southwest corner of US 41 and Galloway Ford Drive. The sign will be set 17 feet off the roadway, include internal LED lighting for the lettering and the paint color of the sign will mimic the existing dealership signage. The pre-owned vehicle building is located south of the Coconut Point Ford dealership.
The Board approved this application.
Public Information Meetings
The applicant is proposing to move into an existing but vacant bank building located on the northeast corner of Coconut Road and Via Villagio in the Coconut Point Mall. They are requesting approval to remove the existing drive-thru canopy, conversion of the teller window and adjustments to landscape to make the building look less like a bank. There will be no other alterations to the exterior of the building; they are currently renovating the interior of the building. The parking area will remain the same but will be repainted.
No voting occurs during Public Information Meetings.
The Colonnade, Continuing Care Retirement Community, aka Volunteers of America, will be requesting a development order for the first phase of their development with 159 Independent Living and 128 Assisted Living Units and a 7,500 square foot medical office building. The applicant pointed out that the temporary fence has been installed and they will be meeting with the neighboring community again in the near future.
The first phase will be the assisted living units, then independent living units. The Old Florida style building will include a two-story formal entry. The facility will include bocce ball courts, shaded pedestrian areas, a pool, fountain, dog park, and covered parking. The final phase will be the 7,500 square foot medical building with common walkway to the building. The landscaping will include 20-foot tall trees between this facility and the adjoining property. (Presentation)
The Colonnade is located at the northeast corner of Corkscrew Road and Sandy Lane.
Representatives for Texas Roadhouse were requesting the Board review the revised architecture, based on the comments received at the July 11 meeting. They have lowered the pitch of the roof, lowered the tower roof height, muted the color of the building to a lighter color yellow, and changed the roof tile to match those of the Starbucks building. They are seeking a development order for a 7,256 square foot freestanding restaurant within the Shoppes at Estero Grande located west of US 41 at the intersection of US 41 and Estero Parkway, adjacent to the Starbucks which is under construction.
The next Design Review Board meeting was held at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, September 26, 2018.
Council approved a reduced tax rate, FY 2018-2019 budget and proposed land purchase at their meeting on September 20, 2018
Council voted to adopt a reduction in the millage rate from 0.7798 to 0.7550 mills. This is the third year Council has reduced the millage rate, which is the lowest tax rate in all of Southwest Florida.
In addition, they adopted the FY 2018-2019 budget. . The proposed expenditures are as follows:
General Fund $ 6,153,640
Special Revenue 1,179,460
Debt Service 1,600,000
Capital Projects 37,099,020
The Village now has 10 months, or $5.1 million, in operating reserves. This reserve fund serves as a “rainy day” fund for unexpected expenditures, such as a response to a disaster.
Resolution 2018 – 06
Council adopted this resolution approving the land purchase along the Estero River. This is 62 acres of land on the northeast corner of Corkscrew Road and US 41 which extends north to Judeth Lane and east to the railroad tracks. This purchase is being conducted in response to residents’ requests to embrace Estero’s historic heritage and protect the environment.
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 held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, October 3, 2018.