Development Review Summary February 2018

A hotel is being proposed at Miromar Outlets, and an apartment complex may be coming to the Coconut Point area. Two senior living communities also are making their way through the development process.

In 2017, the Planning & Zoning Board (PZB) heavily focused on drafting the Village of Estero Comprehensive Plan. Now that the draft Comprehensive Plan has been submitted to the State for review, the PZB will focus its efforts on developing Estero’s Land Development Code, which takes the policies enumerated in the Comprehensive Plan and provides detailed guidance to land owners and developers, serving as the Comprehensive Plan’s “playbook.”

Village Council reviewed the PZB’s 2017 Annual Report during its Feb. 21 meeting and interviewed 11 applicants for the PZB and the Design Review Board (DRB). Additional interviews will be conducted at the March 7 Village Council meeting.

The next Design Review Board meeting will be Wed., March 14, at 5:30 p.m. The next Planning & Zoning Board meeting will be Tuesday, March 20, at 5:30 p.m.

Interactive Maps can be found on the ECCL website http://EsteroToday.com/community-planning/.

Village Council Actions

Planning & Zoning Board Annual Report

Village Council reviewed the Planning & Zoning Board’s 2017 Annual Report during the Feb. 21 Council meeting. The report noted the following construction activity in 2017:

  • Genova: Construction began for 204 condominium units at the southeast corner of Corkscrew Road and Via Coconut Point.
  • Lee Health Coconut Point: Construction began on a $140 million healthcare facility south of Coconut Road and east of U.S. 41 to include a 24/7 emergency department, Healthy Living Center and many medical services and offices.
  • The Place at Corkscrew: Construction began on a 1,325-home community on Corkscrew Road east of I-75.
  • Tidewater: Construction continued on this 385-home senior community at the southwest corner of Estero Parkway and Ben Hill Griffin Parkway.
  • Corkscrew Shores: Construction continued on this 648-home community on Corkscrew Road east of I-75.

Planning and Zoning Board Actions

Burgerim Restaurant

The Burgerim Restaurant received approval from the PZB to sell beer and wine between the hours of 10 a.m. and midnight at its new location planned to open in Coconut Point Mall at 23111 Fashion Drive, the former location of Johnny Rockets. Burgerim will seat 56 indoors and another 24 on the patio. It is a casual dining concept serving hamburgers, salads and sandwiches. No outdoor entertainment will be allowed at this location.

Phoenix at Estero

The PZB voted to recommend that Village Council approve a request from Phoenix at Estero to increase the height of its proposed building from two stories to three stories. This will allow 140 units for this assisted living facility planned to be built on seven acres at 10251 Arcos Avenue in Plaza del Sol, northeast of the intersection of Three Oaks Parkway and Corkscrew Road. The Phoenix at Estero presentation may be viewed here.

Corkscrew Crossing (aka. Monte Cristo)

Corkscrew Crossing is proposing a modification to its Master Concept Plan including a reduction in the number of residential

units from 724 to 625. The change would permit an increase in the number of single-family homes and a decrease in the number of multifamily units. Proposed unit types include single family, multifamily, townhouse, two-family attached and single family zero lot line properties. Corkscrew Crossing received its original zoning approval from Lee County in 2008. It is located on 396 acres south of Corkscrew Road, east of Wildcat Run and west of The Preserve at Corkscrew and Bella Terra. Its southern border connects with preservation land including the Edison Farms property recently acquired by Lee County for conservation. About 218 acres of Corkscrew Crossing will be preserve land. This was a public information meeting; no action was taken. The Corkscrew Crossing presentation may be viewed here.

Miromar Hotel

Miromar Development Corp. is seeking to build a 175-room hotel at the northwest corner of Miromar Outlets. This area is currently used for surface parking and is adjacent to Germain Arena. Plans include a pedestrian walkway with shade trees and a lake boardwalk feature. This was a public information meeting; no action was taken. The Miromar Hotel presentation may be viewed here.

Design Review Board Actions

Estero Country Club at The Vines

The DRB approved Estero Country Club at The Vines’ request for a Land Development Code deviation, along with a development order for golf course renovations. The Country Club, located north of Estero Parkway and east of U.S. 41, plans to construct new putting greens, renovate fairways and modify the cart parking area. The deviation will allow riprap and wooden bulkheads to harden the shoreline of four lake edges. The Estero Country Club presentation may be viewed here.

Shoppes at Estero Grande

The DRB approved a development order for the Shoppes at Estero Grande, a 8,689-square-foot commercial development located west of U.S. 41 at its intersection with Estero Parkway. Tenants include a Starbucks with a drive through. The design of Estero Grande includes raised crosswalks with pavers, covered walkways and several bike racks. The Estero Grande presentation may be viewed here.

Lee Health Coconut Point

The DRB approved signage for the new Lee Health Coconut Point facility under construction on Via Coconut Point east of U.S. 41 and south of Coconut Road. The signage will mimic architectural features used on the building and will identify the main entrance and the emergency entrance. Lee Health’s presentation may be viewed here.

Edera (Coconut Point Tract 1A)

Edera is a multifamily development with 180 apartments proposed at the southeast corner of Via Coconut Point and Williams Road. The complex will have 398 parking spaces, 151 of which will be underneath the building. Apartments will have a one-year minimum lease. Proposed amenities include a pocket park, onsite bike sharing and trolley service around Coconut Point. The developer has committed to landscaping in the Williams Road/Via Coconut Point roundabout and  approach medians, as well as a school bus stop shelter. This was a public information meeting only; no action was taken. The Edera presentation may be viewed here.

The Colonnade of Estero

The DRB held a workshop for The Colonnade of Estero, a three-story continuing care retirement community to be built on 21 acres on the northeast corner of Corkscrew Road and Sandy Lane. This is a project of Volunteers of America. It will include 151 independent living apartments, 60 assisted living apartments, 64 skilled nursing suites and 32 memory support suites. The campus also will include medical offices and retail buildings. The Board made several suggestions on design, including a varied roof line, landscaping improvements and relocation of the pool. The Colonnade’s presentation may be viewed here.

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