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Village Comprehensive Plan 2017-10-12T09:34:43+00:00

Village’s First Comprehensive Plan Underway

The Village is preparing its first Comprehensive Plan. The “Plan” represents the community’s vision for future development. All local governments in the State of Florida are required to adopt Comprehensive Plans. Public meetings have been and continue to be held with the Planning and Zoning Board at the Village Council Chambers.

To gather stakeholder opinions and to identify goals and objectives, there will be public opportunities to provide input over the next several months. Scheduled meetings are posted by the Community Development Department and often are held in conjunction with Planning and Zoning Board meetings.

Citizen participation is very important and the Village encourages the public to attend meetings. Estero selected the planning firm of LaRue Planning and Management Services as the consultant leading in the development of the “Plan”.

When the Village incorporated, the Lee County Comprehensive Plan (including the Estero Community Plan) became the Transitional Plan for the Village. The State of Florida requires each county and city to adopt its own plan. The Village is currently working on its first Comprehensive Plan, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2017.

The purpose of a Comprehensive Plan is to plan and manage expected growth. You can be involved and receive notifications of meetings by opting in below or attend the next the meeting.


If there is any information you would like to see included here regarding this project, please feel free to reach out to the Village at 239-221-5036.


The Comprehensive Plan establishes a community’s policies and priorities regarding future development while aiming to preserve the community character.

The Comprehensive Plan serves as a blueprint for future commercial and residential land uses, transportation needs, environmental resources and housing, as well as cultural and recreational amenities.

Each local government Comprehensive Plan must include at least two planning periods, one covering at least the first 5-year period occurring after the plan’s adoption and one covering at least a 10-year period. The Plan includes the following elements: Vision Statement, Future Land Use, Transportation, Community Facilities and Services, Parks, Recreation and Open Space, Capital Improvements, Conservation and Coastal Management, Housing, Historic Preservation, Schools and Intergovernmental Coordination.

Florida State Statute 163.3167(3) requires that within three years of a municipality’s incorporation a Comprehensive Plan be prepared and adopted. Until the new Plan is adopted the Lee County Comprehensive Plan is deemed controlling.

The public meetings have been successful. Many citizens have come to share their vision, hopes and concerns for the future of Estero. However, the process is not complete and there are more public meetings scheduled. Please see upcoming meeting dates listed below. You can also use the links provided to view presentations from past meetings, data & analysis documents, as well as compilations of the public participation comments received.


Upcoming Meetings

Nov 01

Council Meeting

November 1 @ 9:30 am
Nov 08
Nov 14

Planning & Zoning Board Meeting

November 14 @ 5:30 pm
Nov 15

Council Meeting

November 15 @ 9:30 am
Nov 29

Council Comprehensive Plan Workshop

November 29 @ 9:30 am
Dec 06

Council Meeting

December 6 @ 9:30 am
Dec 13

Council Comprehensive Plan Workshop

December 13 @ 9:30 am
Dec 19

Planning & Zoning Board Meeting

December 19 @ 5:30 pm

Past Meetings

Our current adopted vision for Estero is to establish a community that embraces its historic heritage and protects the environment while carefully planning for future development, offering a high quality of life, expanding economic opportunities, and proximity to Florida Gulf Coast University and the Southwest Florida International Airport.

Estero’s growth will be planned with strong neighborhoods, diverse economic generators, interconnected mixed-use centers, varied parks, public spaces, recreational facilities, and unique natural environments that foster a sense of belonging that creates a sense of place. Estero will be a highly valued place to live, work, and visit because of development standards and design guidelines that promote;

  1. Desirable neighborhoods and public amenities;
  2. Vibrant economic centers;
  3. Attractive landscaping, streetscaping, lighting, signage, and architectural features; and
  4. An interconnected transportation network.


View Agendas


Council approved bonus density fee, amendment to Stormwater Master Plan contract, and conducted several workshops at their meeting October 18, 2017

Action Item – Resolution No. 2017-19 Council voted to adopt this resolution establishing a fee of $20,000 per unit for Estero’s Bonus Density Program for certain properties, unless a landowner establishes a vested right to [...]

October 19th, 2017|

Future land use and prohibition of medical marijuana facilities reviewed by the Planning & Zoning Board on October 17, 2017

Comprehensive Plan – Future Land Use Village consultants Jim LaRue and Laura DeJohn from LaRue Planning and Management Services conducted a workshop on the Future Land Use goals, objectives and policies at the Planning & [...]

October 18th, 2017|

Council to address fee for bonus density and Stormwater Master Plan contract, and conduct workshops on FDOT landscape enhancement plan, Comprehensive Plan status and Legislative priorities at their meeting on October 18, 2017

Council will address Resolution 2017-19 adopting a fee for bonus density for land acquisition and an amendment to increase funding by $40,000 for the Stormwater Master Plan contract at their meeting at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, [...]

October 13th, 2017|

Future land use and prohibition of medical marijuana facilities on the agenda for the Planning & Zoning Board on October 17, 2017

Comprehensive Plan – Future Land Use Village consultants from LaRue Planning and Management Services will conduct a workshop on the Future Land Use goals, objectives and policies at the Planning & Zoning Board meeting, 5:30 [...]

October 13th, 2017|

Village Council approved a number of bids for services, consultants for Estero Parkway roadway/landscape design, and conducted a Comprehensive Plan workshop at their meeting September 20, 2017

Public Comment on Non-Agenda Items Gary Israel, representing Rotary District 6960, spoke about the Irma Disaster Relief Fund and how the Rotary is setting up a Donor Advised Fund through the Rotary Foundation.  The Rotary [...]

September 21st, 2017|

Planning & Zoning Board conducted public hearings for a Farmers’ Market, City Mattress and University Highland, and a Comprehensive Plan workshop at their meeting on September 19, 2017

Public Hearing – Estero United Methodist Church Farmers’ Market The Board approved the request, with staff conditions, for a “Seasonal Farmers’ Market” allowing for the sale of farm produce and related goods one day a [...]

September 21st, 2017|