Public Hearing – Estero Crossing

The Planning & Zoning Board conducted a Public Hearing for Estero Crossing located on the south side of Corkscrew Road, 1,000 feet west of the intersection of Corkscrew Road and I-75.

The applicant is requesting to rezone the property from commercial to mixed use to include up to 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.

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 applicant presented a variety of photographic views from the site, stating their development would not be visible from the neighboring communities of the Island Club and Corkscrew Woodlands due to the 4 foot berm, 8 foot wall and the 50 foot tall pine trees.

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 Center. 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:

16 Estero residents spoke in opposition to this application due to concerns with traffic, density, safety, quality of life, drainage and water issues.

The Board voted to send this to Council with a split vote.

Public Information Meetings

Estero Town Center – Burger King Restaurant

Representatives for Estero Town Center are requesting changes to Tract B of the Estero Town Commons to allow for parking and stacking for a fast food restaurant, Burger King, to be located at 21301 Town Commons Drive, west of Ruby Tuesday. They are requesting two deviations pertaining to parking.  They are working with staff on pedestrian connections to sidewalks.  (Presentation)

No voting occurs during Public Information Meeting.

Coconut Point MPD/DRI amendment

The applicant is requesting an amendment to the Coconut Point MPD/DRI to allow conversion of 6,000 square feet of retail to allow for rental of the 6,000 square feet for medical office space at the Shoppes at Coconut Point located on the corner of Pelican Colony Boulevard and US 41.  (Presentation)

No voting occurs during Public Information Meetings.

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, March 19, 2019.