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.
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;
- Desirable neighborhoods and public amenities;
- Vibrant economic centers;
- Attractive landscaping, streetscaping, lighting, signage, and architectural features; and
- An interconnected transportation network.
- Estero Transitional Comprehensive Plan
- Comprehensive Plan Public Hearing January 10, 2018
- Cover Sheet
- Staff Report
- Ordinance No. 2018-01
- Supplemental Items Sheet
- Comprehensive Plan Part 1
- Comprehensive Plan Part 2
- Comprehensive Plan Part 3
- Comprehensive Plan Part 4
- Data and Analysis Part 1
- Data and Analysis Part 2
- Data and Analysis Part 3
- Data and Analysis Part 4
- Data and Analysis Part 5
- Council Workshop January 3, 2018
- PZB Meeting December 19, 2017
- Council Meeting December 6, 2017
- Council Workshop November 29, 2017
- Council Workshop November 15, 2017
- Council Workshop November 1, 2017
- Council Workshop October 25, 2017
- Council Workshop October 18, 2017
- PZB Meeting October 17, 2017
- PZB Meeting September 19, 2017
- PZB Meeting August 17, 2017
- PZB Meeting July 25, 2017
- PZB Meeting June 1, 2017
Intergovernmental Coordination, Capital Improvements, and Public School Facilities
- PZB Meeting May 16, 2017
Conservation & Coastal Management, Housing, Infrastructure
- PZB Meeting April 26, 2017
Recreation and Open Space
- PZB Meeting April 6, 2017
Future Land Use and Transportation
- February 23, 2017 Special Meeting
- January 11, 2017
Community Development Director Mary Gibbs started the meeting by stating there have been 20 different public meetings and workshops addressing the Village’s first Comprehensive Plan tailored to Estero’s unique character. (Comprehensive Plan) Laura DeJohn, Johnson [...]
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The Big Cypress Basin and Village Comprehensive Plan were reviewed in the Council workshop on January 3, 2018
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Comprehensive Plan and Big Cypress Basin to be reviewed during a Council workshop on January 3, 2018
The Village’s Comprehensive Plan and the Big Cypress Basin will be discussed during the Council workshop at 9:30 a.m., Wednesday, January 3. The full agenda is available here: https://estero-fl.gov/agendas/ Village Council meetings are held in [...]
Planning & Zoning Board conducted public hearing for the Village’s 1st Comprehensive Plan on December 19, 2017
The Planning & Zoning Board conducted a public hearing for the Village’s first Comprehensive Plan on December 19. They voted to recommend Council submit to the state the December 7 version of the Plan, as [...]
Planning & Zoning Board to conduct a public hearing for the Village’s first Comprehensive Plan on December 19, 2017
The Planning & Zoning Board will conduct a public hearing for the Village’s first Comprehensive Plan at 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, December 19. The agenda is here: https://estero-fl.gov/agendas/. Residents are invited to attend and offer comments, [...]