April 19, 2016, Planning & Zoning Board meeting

///April 19, 2016, Planning & Zoning Board meeting

Public Hearing

Via Coconut Urban Place

Representatives for Focus Development Group LLC gave a presentation regarding their request to rezone 18.53 acres at the southwest corner of Corkscrew Road and Via Coconut Point.  They are proposing to rezone the land to mixed use, allowing for a residential development of 297 multifamily units with 30,000 square feet of commercial use.


The commercial use would be located primarily in the northern section of the property, with the three-story, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments located in the larger, southern end of the property.

They are requesting a density of 18 units per acre.  In exchange, they are proposing a number of public benefits, including large open green spaces with enhanced landscaping, gathering spaces with outdoor cafes, an east-west connector road to the Estero Community Park and a commitment to remove a roadway billboard.

The Board voted to continue the hearing to a future date in order to allow staff time to draft appropriate conditions and schedule of uses that comply with this new zoning district of Village Center.  (See Presentation)

Public Information Meeting

Estero United Methodist Church

Representatives for the Estero United Methodist Church are proposing a number of changes to their sanctuary, including a covered entry to the church and an expansion to the building for classrooms. They plan to add a storage building and a courtyard and expand their thrift shop.  Some of these changes are planned for the future, but they want to start work on the sanctuary as soon as possible.  The proposed architectural design style is “Old Florida.”

The Estero United Methodist Church is located on the corner of Lords Way and US 41.

New Business

The Board voted unanimously to have Marlene Naratil serve as Vice Chair of the Board.

Additional details are available in the minutes of this meeting.