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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

Tue 29

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.


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Village’s future planning now has its own webpage

The Village’s first Comprehensive Plan is underway and, as the planning progresses, all of the latest information will be added to a new webpage on the Village’s website at This new Comprehensive Plan webpage [...]

August 9th, 2017|

Comprehensive Plan elements reviewed at the Planning & Zoning Board meeting on July 25, 2017

Jim LaRue, LaRue & Associates, and Laura Dejohn, Johnson Engineering, led the Board discussion on 5 elements pertaining to the Comprehensive Plan.  Nine members of the public spoke throughout the meeting adding their suggestions for [...]

July 26th, 2017|

Schools, conservation & coastal management, capital improvements, intergovernmental coordination, infrastructure – these Comprehensive Plan elements to be reviewed by the Planning & Zoning Board on July 25

Comprehensive plans guide how a community will grow and develop in the future. The Village is required to have its first Comprehensive Plan completed before the end of the year and has been actively encouraging [...]

July 20th, 2017|

Dunkin Donuts, Milestone Learning Center, Acros Avenue Office Building, and Comprehensive Plan on the agenda for Planning & Zoning Board meeting June 1

The Planning & Zoning Board will conduct a special meeting at 4 p.m., Thursday, June 1. There will be a public hearing for Dunkin Donuts requesting a reduction in the setback of their monument sign. [...]

May 30th, 2017|

Planning & Zoning Board to address the Village Comprehensive Plan, Estero Grande pattern book and a bonus density program, among other topics on May 16

The Planning & Zoning Board meeting will start at 4 p.m., Tuesday, May 16, to address ordinances for the Estero Grande pattern book and a bonus density program for the three developments which were approved [...]

May 13th, 2017|