Corkscrew Crossing renderingCouncil conducted a public hearing to adopt a compliance agreement to resolve an administrative challenge to the Village’s Comprehensive Plan by ARGO Land Development and the Richard I. Templeton Family Trust regarding their Corkscrew Crossing property.

Corkscrew Crossing is a 395-acre property located on the south side of Corkscrew Road, between Wildcat Run and The Preserve.

Council also conducted a second reading and approval of ordinances addressing a Comprehensive Plan text amendment to the Future Land Use Policy 1.2.3 Wetlands and the Corkscrew Crossing Zoning Amendment.

The change in zoning reduces the amount of homes originally allowed in 2007 by Lee County from 724 residences to 590 residences.  Other changes include changing the residences from multifamily units to primarily single-family units, reducing the height of the buildings to a maximum of two stories, with the clubhouse at three stories.  In addition, the developer will be removing all the exotics on the property, will set aside 225 acres for preservation, which is over 50 percent of the land, and provide a monetary contribution for the purpose of protecting environmentally sensitive land within the Village of Estero.

Public Comment: Six residents spoke regarding their concerns about the wildlife, increase in traffic, elimination of wetlands in a flow way, and proposing that the monetary contribution be used to purchase the Estero River Oaks Park property.

Public Comment on non-agenda items: Gary Israel asked for Council’s support for the Speakers Assembly of Southwest Florida which brings in world-class speakers to the area.  He is proposing the Speakers Assembly host a gathering in Estero in January to introduce residents to this group.

Additional details will be available in the minutes of this meeting.  Residents may also view the archived meeting by going to the Village website https://estero-fl.gov/council/watch-meetings-online/.

The next Council meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 2, 2019.