Public Hearings

Dunkin’ Donuts/Valvoline

art1A representative of Morris Engineering gave a presentation on the Dunkin’ Donuts and Valvoline stores to be located at the Shoppes at Grand Oaks on Corkscrew Road and Ben Hill Griffin Parkway.

A Public Hearing was held on April 27, 2016, and continued at the applicant’s request as the Board indicated additional improvements were needed in the architecture and landscaping for both buildings.

The applicant demonstrated a number of changes they have made to their plans since their earlier presentation including a sidewalk connection and crosswalk, taller shrub materials, faux windows and dormers on the Valvoline building.   (See Presentation)

The Board approved this application with a number of conditions including stipulating that the paint color should be bronze for the doors of both buildings, the dumpster should be painted the same color as the building and the used oil storage area should be enclosed and painted the same color as the dumpster, among others.


art2The owner of the McDonalds Restaurant at the Shoppes at Grand Oaks at Corkscrew Road and Ben Hill Griffin Parkway is renovating the interior and exterior of this restaurant.  A public information meeting was held on March 23, 2016.

The owner’s representatives presented their amended plans which they described as incorporating the designs of the shopping center, including shades of beige, teak wood cladding and terra cotta tile roofing. (See Presentation)

After listening to comments from the Board, the applicant asked for a continuance.


art3Jim Wallace, Managing Partner of Genova Partners, requested approval of the Genova Pattern Book.

Genova will include 205 residential units on the southeast corner of Corkscrew Road and Via Coconut Point and is located in the new Village Center land use category.

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, canopy trees and picnic areas in the park adjacent to Genova and a $100,000 contribution to a new entrance to the Estero Community Park south of their property.

The Board approved a motion to advise the Planning & Zoning Board to find the Genova Pattern Book in compliance with the new Village Center Land Development Codes.

Via Coconut

art4Representatives of the Focus Development Group LLC gave a presentation regarding the Pattern Book for their proposed development at the southwest corner of Corkscrew Road and Via Coconut Point.

This mixed use development will include 297 multifamily units with 30,000 square feet of commercial use.

The developer is proposing a number of public benefits in their community 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 Via Coconut Pattern Book)

Comments from the Board included the need for additional details in the Pattern Book, including pictures of the various elements to be used in the grill work, fences, signage and pavers, among others.

The Board approved a motion to advise the Planning & Zoning Board to find the Via Coconut Pattern Book in compliance with the new Village Center Land Development Codes once the developer addresses the recommendations made by the Board.

The developer will go before the Planning & Zoning Board at a special meeting on July 12.


Florida Veterinary Referral Center

art5The Florida Veterinary Referral Center, currently located at 9220 Estero Park Commons Blvd., is proposing to build a new animal clinic on the east side of Three Oaks Parkway, just north of Corkscrew Road.

The developer presented before the Design Review Board in October 2015 and May 25 of this year.

The applicant demonstrated how they added a 4 foot sidewalk to connect with the adjacent property, added decorative elements to the roof lines and moved some of the landscaping to allow for better visibility of their signage.  (See Presentation)

Springs at Gulf Coast

art6A representative of The Springs at Gulf Coast gave a presentation on their proposed development located on the northwest corner of Highland Oaks Drive and Miromar Outlet Drive.

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 applicant is reducing the number of parking spaces from the required 2 spaces per unit to 1.75 spaces per unit, to allow for an increase in green space, improving the view upon entering the community and allowing for a courtyard between buildings.  (See Presentation)

The Board asked that the applicant add plans for the garage structures, trash enclosures and compactor to their presentation when they come back before the Board.

Estero United Methodist Church

art7Representatives for the Estero United Methodist Church are proposing a number of changes to their building, including a covered entry to the church and an expansion for classrooms, office space, library and meeting rooms.

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” to coincide with their Thrift Store and neighboring structures.

The dry detention area at the south end of their property will have some seating and plantings around the exterior. (See Presentation)

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

Additional information is available in the minutes of this meeting.