Public Information Meeting

Cascades of Estero

Representatives for Cascades of Estero Residents Association are looking to amend their zoning to allow the construction of four pickle ball courts, bathroom facilities and 10 parking spaces in the area that has been reserved as a future right of way for a Sandy Lane Extension.

Their plan calls for using sound-reducing paddles and a rubber surface on the courts as well as directing the lighting away from the adjacent homes so as to not impact the neighboring homeowners.

The Cascades Association has stated that in the event Sandy Lane is extended in the future, the residents’ association will remove any of the amenity’s infrastructure that is in conflict with the Sandy Lane improvements at no cost to the Village of Estero. (Presentation)

The Cascades of Estero is located on the south side of Estero Parkway east of the railroad tracks.

Public Comment: Seven Cascades residents spoke in opposition to this proposal with one resident speaking in favor of this proposal.

No voting occurs during Pubic Information Meetings.

Public Hearings

Rookery Point – Richard Sclafani Variance

The applicant was requesting an administrative variance for a front (road) setback reduction from the required 20 feet to 19.93 feet for an existing multi-family unit located at 9729 Heatherstone River Court Unit #2 in Rookery Point. The homeowner recently closed on his townhome and discovered this discrepancy.

Rookery Point is located south of Estero Parkway and west of Three Oaks Parkway. (Application)

The Board approved this application.

Estero Crossing

Representatives for Estero Crossing were requesting to rezone 43 acres from Commercial to Mixed Use Planned Development to allow for 350 multi-family residential units; 60,000 square feet of commercial use along Corkscrew Road and a 130-room hotel or alternative 100,000 square foot self-storage facility.

Estero Crossing is located 1,000 feet west of the intersection of Corkscrew Road and I-75 on the south side of Corkscrew Road.

The proposal calls for an enhanced buffer along Corkscrew Road and the reverse frontage road as well as around the community. A condition calls for buffers to be planted as part of the first phase of the project.

The building contractor for this community is Stock Luxury Apartment Living. The four-story residential buildings with elevators will be 50 feet tall with an additional 5 feet allowed for architectural features. The proposed hotel would be 45 feet tall.

The commercial property would include neighborhood retail uses. Hours of operation would be from 5 a.m. to midnight 7 days a week.

The applicant pointed out that the two-lane reverse frontage road will reduce congestion and enhance safety at the Corkscrew Woodlands Blvd. once a traffic light is installed at Estero Town Commons Place. Included in the conditions for this property is that construction of the frontage road and installation of the traffic light must be completed before any vertical development occurs. (Presentation)

Public Comment: Eight residents from neighboring communities spoke in opposition to this project due to concerns regarding traffic, safety and flooding.

The Board voted to continue this application to the February 19 meeting.

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 Planning & Zoning Board meeting will be at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, February 19, 2019.