June 2019 Village of Estero Update


June 2019 Village of Estero Meetings Update

Planning & Zoning Board on June 18, 2019

  • The Planning & Zoning Board conducted a public hearing for amendments to the Comprehensive Plan pertaining to the 10-year water supply facilities work plan and wetlands at their meeting on June 28. Florida Statutes require that a regional water supply plan be conducted within 18 months following the South Florida Water Management District plan update. Johnson Engineering reviewed the water supply from Lee County Utilities and Bonita Springs Utilities and determined there will be an adequate supply for the Village of Estero for the next ten years (2030).

There was also an amendment to modify and clarify wetland language in reference to the Comprehensive Plan challenge.

The Board voted to recommend Council transmit both of these amendments to the state for approval.

  • A public hearing was also conducted for the Corkscrew Crossing.  This proposed community of 590 single and two-family homes and townhouses near their amenity center is located on the south side of Corkscrew Road, east of I-75 between Wildcat Run and the Preserve at Corkscrew. An ecologist presenting for the applicant stated that this development will be preserving 57% of the higher quality vegetation on this site.  He stated these 225 acres are the highest quality uplands and wetlands which connect with other preserves.  The wildlife crossing will be 700 feet wide, buffered and is funded for construction in a couple of years.
  • The presenters stated they have approval from the South Florida Water Management District for their water quality plan and do not expect any negative impacts to neighboring wetlands.  They stated that the water level rise in a 100-year storm event will not adversely affect the neighboring communities.  

Upon approval, they have offered $750,000 to enhance other environmentally sensitive lands in the community.  

Public Comment: 7 residents spoke with some expressing concerns regarding water flow, wildlife, traffic and school bus traffic.

The Board voted to recommend Council approve the zoning amendment with staff conditions.

The next Planning & Zoning Board meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 16, 2019.

Estero Council on Wednesday, June 26, 2019

  • Resolution No. 2019-06 – Voting delegate for 2019 Florida League of Cities annual conference and business meeting Council voted to adopt this resolution appointing Mayor Bill Ribble as the voting delegate for the 2019 Florida League of Cities annual conference August 15-17 in Orlando.
  • Letter to Lee County Requesting Disaster Response Services

Council voted to approve sending a letter to Lee County, from Village Manager Steve Sarkozy, requesting Lee County disaster response services in the case of a Lee County declared emergency.  This covers the collection, delivery to debris management sites, processing, transport, and final disposal of the Village’s debris through the County’s contractor. 

  • Estero Parkway construction, engineering and inspection services 
  • The Estero Parkway construction project requires on-the-job attention of a Village representative, independent of the project’s design team.  This includes daily inspection as well as looking into the future to identify possible potential problems in order to ensure a successful outcome for the project. This role will need to be filled by an outside consultant due to the limited Village staff. 

Council voted to approve a contract with Kisinger Campo & Associates, Corp., not to exceed $197,414.50, to provide construction engineering and inspection services for this project. It is anticipated construction will start in October.  

  • US 41 Landscape improvements 
  • Council voted to approve award of a Request for Bids to Superior Landscaping & Lawn Service, Inc., for a total cost of $956,594.87, and contingency funding for the project in the amount of $95,000 (approximately 10% of the construction bid) to allow for unforeseen circumstances which may arise during construction.  The contract includes maintenance and replacement of any lost landscaping for two years.  Many of the plant materials will be native plantings. 
  • US 41 Landscape improvements construction engineering and inspection services. This project also requires on-the-job attention to aid with traffic issues on US 41 during construction.  Council voted to approve the negotiation of a contract with the number one ranked firm Tetra Tech, Inc., and approved compensation to not-to-exceed expenditures of $143,000.


Village of Estero special assessment policies and methodology

Council discussed special assessment policies pertaining to potential expansion of municipal infrastructure into underserved areas.  This subject came up as a result of residents’ requests for sewer lines in their neighborhoods.

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 on Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Design Review Board on June 26, 2019

Public Information Meeting – No Voting Occurs

  • Estero Parkway landscape design – Ted Tryka, project manager, presented the engineering details of the Estero Parkway roadway improvements. Representatives for Bruce Howard & Assoc. gave a presentation of their landscape design and plant selection for the project which extends from US 41 to Three Oaks Parkway.  They stated they have landscaped thousands of acres of communities, including Bonita Bay and The Brooks.They have identified various plant zones on Estero Parkway and are working on an integrated look along the roadway, using trees and colorful shrubs which will be trimmed occasionally but never hedged.  Over 80 percent of the plantings will be native plants.
  • Florida Cancer Specialists -Representatives for Florida Cancer Specialists presented their plans for a medical office and outpatient treatment center located east of US 41 and south of Pelican Colony Blvd., adjacent to Extra Space Storage. They are planning a single-story medical office and outpatient treatment center with a public space healing garden.  The building as proposed will have 3 tile roof towers to add undulation, with stucco and stone elevations.  There are decorative corbels over the building windows.  The monument signage will include a stone base, stucco and a metal cap.
  • Pavich CenterThe Pavich Center is proposed as a multi-use commercial facility. This property is located at 21256 Happy Hollow Lane and 8910 Corkscrew Road, approximately 500 feet west of Via Coconut Point Road.The proposal is to build a two-story, 35-foot tall building with 8,000 square feet of office space and mixed use and 1,050 square feet of restaurant, retail or café, and 950 square feet of courtyard/outdoor seating with 30 parking spaces.

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 held at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, July 10, 2019.

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