January 2020 Village of Estero Meeting Recaps

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Planning & Zoning Board Meeting on January 21, 2020

Springhill Suites by Marriott

The applicant presented their request for consumption on premises of alcoholic beverages outdoors in the amenity area, which includes the pool area. The hotel currently operates with a consumption on premises for the inside bar area.  They requested that patrons be able to take drinks from the inside bar to the pool area and by the outdoor fire pits.

The 100-room hotel is located at 10370 Corkscrew Commons Drive between Primrose School and to Embassy Suites.  

The Board approved this request with conditions specified by staff.

Mamma Anna Restaurant

Mamma Anna Restaurant was requesting approval for consumption on premises of alcoholic beverages in the restaurant and in an outdoor seating area.  This restaurant is located at 23111 Fashion Drive, in the central area of Coconut Point Mall, close to the Cinema.

The Board approved this request with conditions specified by staff.

98693 Bay Meadow, Shadow Wood

The applicant was requesting an administrative variance from the required 5-foot side yard setback to 2.5 feet for the east side yard and 2.3 feet for the west side yard of an existing pool enclosure and pool deck.

The Board approved this request.

Public Information Meeting – No Voting Occurs

Via Coconut MPD

A public information meeting was then conducted for the property called Via Coconut located south of Corkscrew Road, west on Via Coconut Road across from Genova.

This property is under review for a rezoning which would allow for 330 multi-family dwelling units and a maximum of 59,600 square feet of commercial retail/office or medical office space with an option to convert 30,000 square feet of commercial space to 124 hotel rooms.  

The applicant described this mixed-use development to include a linear park,  pocket park, dog park, filter marshes and water features throughout, a waterfront restaurant, a resort-type pool, public pavilion over the lake, lush landscaping, 330 luxury residential units with commercial store fronts along the main street.  Their target residents include empty nesters/retirees and young professionals, with rents in the range of $2,000 monthly.

The architecture is considered British West Indies with varying roof lines; the maximum height will be at 59 feet for elevator towers or decorative embellishments. The buildings will be white accented with dark bronze, include stone cladding, awnings and Bermuda shutters.

There will be three paver enhanced entrances to the development from Via Coconut Road.  The applicant will also be providing landscaping for the Via Coconut Road medians.

Public Comment:  Four Genova residents spoke of their concerns regarding stormwater issues, parking and the number of residents in the proposed Via Coconut community.

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 held at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 18, 2020.

Design Review Board on January 22, 2020

Public Information Meeting – No Voting Occurs


Hertz Arena sculpture

Representatives for Hertz Arena presented their plans for a 13.5-foot-tall stylized stainless-steel sculpture of an ice hockey player to be displayed on a raised pedestal 8 foot tall. The sculpture will be lighted at night.

The sides of the pedestal will be used to display plaques of some of the groups associated with the arena.

The sculpture is to be located at the Arena’s southeast corner in the outdoor plaza. This location is between the south and east main entry to the Arena which provides maximum visibility for visitors and vehicles traveling along I-75.  


Public Hearings 

The Commons Club at the Brooks

Representative for The Commons Club presented their plans for a 5,000 square foot addition to the existing Health and Lifestyle Center building located on Coconut Road in The Brooks.

They described plans for expanding their existing group fitness room, workout area and massage rooms as well as rehabbing the locker rooms.  They are proposing to paint the building taupe with rust roof tiles.  They determined no additional parking is necessary to accommodate members.  Connectivity includes walkways around the building, adjacent buildings and along the roadway. 

Eight live oaks will be removed and replaced with 20-foot live oaks placed away from the building but five other existing live oaks will be salvaged. 

The Board approved this application.

Via Coconut MPD 

Representatives for this property were requesting review of their Pattern Book.  They are in the process of requesting a rezoning to allow for 330 multi-family dwelling units, and a maximum of 59,600 square feet of commercial retail/office or medical office space with an option to convert 30,000 square feet of commercial space to 124 hotel rooms. 

The applicant described this mixed-use development to include a 4.5-mile-long linear park with lush landscaping,  pocket park, public dog park, filter marshes and water features throughout, a waterfront restaurant, a resort-type pool, public pavilion and fishing pier over the lake and 330 luxury residential units.  

The architecture is considered British West Indies with varying roof lines; the maximum height will be at 59 feet for elevator towers or decorative embellishments. The masonry buildings will be white accented with dark bronze, and include stone cladding, awnings, Bermuda shutters and large overhangs.

The road connection from the Estero Community Park to US 41 bisects this property so they’ve designed their main street with mixed-use buildings and commercial store fronts.

Landscaping includes palms, royal poinciana, Hong Kong orchid, red maples, green button trees, cypress and pine trees.

There will be three paver enhanced entrances to the development from Via Coconut Road.  The applicant will also be providing landscaping for the Via Coconut Road medians.

This property is located south of Corkscrew Road, west on Via Coconut Road across from Genova, and is in the Village Center.

The Board voted to continue this item to a date uncertain due to concerns about the need for some color to break up the scale of the buildings, the brackets need to be more delicate, among other suggestions.


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 conducted at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 12, 2020.



Council Meeting on January 29, 2020

Council conducted a second reading and public hearing for Ordinance 2019-29 pertaining to Estero Crossing.

The applicant was requesting a rezoning from Commercial Planned Development to Mixed Use Planned Development for a 43-acre site on Corkscrew Road adjacent to the Estero Town Center (Lowe’s) plaza.

The applicant has made several changes to the application, site plan and Pattern Book to address Council concerns expressed at the first reading of the zoning request on October 16, 2019. The main changes are:

– Reduction of density from 350 units (original application requested 450) to 306 units. 

– Bonus Density request eliminated. Density reduced from 10 units plus bonus density to 9 units per acre. 

– Height of buildings reduced to 3 stories (45 feet, with an additional 5 feet for architectural elements). 

– Removed Hotel use from the project. 

– Added a mixed use building instead of hotel site (commercial on first floor with residences above). 

– Increased landscape buffer height of trees and shrubs on Corkscrew Road to shield view of cars in parking area.

 – Pattern Book has been revised with a Mediterranean color scheme and other updates. 

– Elevators will be installed in all residential buildings (not required by Building Code). 

– Placemaking (or public space) elements will all be provided prior to receiving the first Certificate of Occupancy.

The applicant explained the property is currently zoned for a big box store with 9,000 car trips allowed per day, more than double than is being proposed with this community.

The three-story, multi-family units will be located in the back of the community with the commercial in the front along Corkscrew Road.  The commercial uses are expected to be neighborhood uses such as breakfast shops, coffee shops, fitness center, dental offices, pizza shops, etc.

The property will include a pocket park, a plaza between the commercial buildings, a paved courtyard with bench seating and a two-lane reverse frontage road with parallel parking along a portion of the road. 

Public Comment: 22 members of the community spoke about their concerns regarding this proposed development including safety and congestion issues concerning  the two-lane reverse frontage road.

Council voted to adopt Ordinance No. 2019-29, with changes provided by the Village Land Use Attorney, approving this rezoning request.

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, February 5, 2020.

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