February 2020 Village of Estero Meeting Recaps

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Council Meeting on February 19, 2020


Lien Mitigation Request – Racetrac Petroleum, Inc. Council tabled for two weeks review of the lien mitigation request from Racetrac Petroleum, Inc., located at 22350 S Tamiami Trail. The station had been in violation of the Village’s signage codes by covering more than 30 percent of their windows with promotional materials; this has since been rectified. Council recommended Racetrac’s corporate offices be made aware of Estero signage regulations and to make sure any current signage issues are rectified before this lien mitigation be addressed.

Ordinance No. 2020-02 – amendment to Transitional Land Development Code regarding impact fees This ordinance addresses a minor amendment to the Transitional Land Development Code pertaining to the use of impact fees, to clarify that road impact fees can be used for “multimodal” projects, which would include sidewalks, bikeways and similar pedestrian improvements, including stand-alone projects. Council approved moving this ordinance to a second reading on March 4, 2020.

Ordinance No. 2019-23 – amendment to the Comprehensive Plan regarding Water Supply Facilities Work Plan Florida Statute Chapter 163.3177 requires local governments to prepare a Water Supply Facilities Work Plan and incorporate relevant water supply projects into the Comprehensive Plan within 18 months after the applicable water management district approves or updates its Regional Water Supply Plan. The Village’s Comprehensive Plan has been found to be in compliance and is effective as of late November 2019. This amendment can now be adopted. Council approved adoption on this second reading of this ordinance.

Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan Update Village consultant David Barth provided a summary of efforts taken to complete the Master Plan along with the recommendations provided within the Master Plan. Over 800 Estero residents were involved in this planning process through online surveys, a public workshop and focus groups. Topping the Needs Assessment Priorities list of desirable amenities was natural areas/nature parks followed by multipurpose trails, a performing arts center, sidewalks, restrooms for existing parks, community gardens, athletic fields and boating access. Desired programs include community special events, fitness/wellness programs, nature programs/environmental education and senior leisure program. Barth stated that the Needs Assessment Priorities list should to be updated every five years as trends change.

Residents may 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, March 4, 2020.

Design Review Board Meeting on February 26, 2020


Hertz Arena presented their plans for a 13.5-foot-tall stylized stainless-steel sculpture of an ice hockey player to be displayed on an 8-foot tall raised concrete pedestal. The sculpture will be lighted at night with lights within the concrete base pointing up on the sculpture. The sculpture is to be located at the arena’s southeast corner in the outdoor plaza. The Board complimented the artist that designed the sculpture. The Board approved this application.

AutoZone presented their plans for a 7,381 square foot store at 10250 Arcos Avenue, adjacent to Culver’s on the southeast corner of the intersection of Puerto Way and Corkscrew Road. The architecture includes stucco walls, Earth tone colors, varying roof heights, metal trellises and covered entry. The open green space has been planted with trees to provide shade. The applicant stated the enlarged public seating area complies or exceeds the Village’s recommendations. They are planning a pedestrian connection to the adjacent Culver’s as well as Arcos Avenue, a public area with a bench close to Corkscrew Road and native plantings along the existing buffer. The monument sign will be internal to the project. The board approved this application with the condition that the owner make their required contribution to the traffic signal at Puerto Way and Corkscrew Road. The Village has funded the design of the traffic signal. With AutoZone joining others contributing their share, the light could be completed within one year.

Residents may 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 11, 2020.

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