June 21, 2016, Planning & Zoning Board meeting

///June 21, 2016, Planning & Zoning Board meeting

Public Hearings

Springs at Gulf Coast


A representative of The Springs at Gulf Coast presented their application for a parking deviation. They had previously presented this at a public information meeting on May 17.

The Springs is located on the northwest corner of Highland Oaks Drive and Miromar Outlet Drive.

The applicant is proposing to reduce the number of parking spaces from the required 2 spaces per unit to 1.75 spaces per unit, to allow a total of 356 parking spaces.  They pointed out this would provide an increase in green space, improving the view upon entering the community and allowing for a courtyard between buildings.

The Springs is a proposed development of 203 units in eight, two-story apartment buildings.

The Mediterranean townhouses will consist of a mix of studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments. Both attached and detached garages are being offered to residents.

The Board approved this parking deviation, stating that it is unique to the character of this project, with the condition that the number of cars be controlled in the lease and that the developer provide space which could be converted to additional parking if necessary in the future.  (See Presentation)


Jim Wallace, Managing Partner of Genova Partners, presented their request to rezone 16.95 acres of land at 9050 Corkscrew Road from agricultural and commercial to residential to allow for development of 205 residential units.

This property is on the southeast corner of Corkscrew Road and Via Coconut Point and is located in the new Village Center land use category.

This proposal was originally presented at a public hearing at the Planning & Zoning Board’s special meeting on May 3, 2016, and was continued as the Village’s Comprehensive Plan amendments and Land Development Code amendments for this Village Center category have not yet been adopted.  However, the developer has made adjustments to comply with the new code standards as they have been proposed.

The community’s amenities will include a clubhouse, fitness center, resort pool, indoor lap pool, bocce court and a 24-hour staffed security gate.  The six buildings will feature Italian architecture with three residential floors over a parking level, so all parking areas are hidden from view.  There also will be one-story attached villas with random rooflines facing Via Coconut Point.  (See Genova Pattern Book & Presentation)

The developer is offering a number of public amenities including a pocket park with a sitting area overlooking the lake, a public pedestrian greenway along Corkscrew Road and Via Coconut Point, median landscaping on Via Coconut Point from Corkscrew Road to the proposed new entrance to the Estero Community Park, and a $100,000 contribution to a new entrance to the Estero Community Park south of their property.

Genova Partners also asked for consideration of 12 deviations including reducing the buffer area from 25 feet to 10 feet, narrowing their streets to 20 feet width, reducing the number of parking spaces at the clubhouse, reducing the open space from 40 feet to 35 feet, among others.

The Board voted to recommend the Village Council approve this project with a number of conditions on the deviations (see the minutes of this meeting).

Via Coconut Urban Place


Representatives for the Focus Development Group LLC gave a presentation regarding their request to rezone 19.3 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.

They originally presented at a public hearing of this Board on April 19, but the hearing was continued in order to allow staff time to draft appropriate conditions and schedule of uses that comply with this new zoning district of Village Center.

The developer is 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, median landscaping on Via Coconut Point south to the railroad tracks, and a commitment to remove a roadway billboard on Corkscrew Road.  (See Presentation)

The Village staff recommended a continuance due to additional details required in the Pattern Book.

The Board voted to conduct a special meeting on Tuesday, July 12, in order to review this project prior to the July 13 Village Council meeting.

Additional details are available in the minutes of this meeting.