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The Village of Estero adopted its first comprehensive plan Wednesday.
The document, which has been in the works for over a year, provides guidelines for future development in Estero.
It has been reviewed by the state’s Department of Economic Opportunity as well as Lee County, the South Florida Water Management District and other agencies.
Estero’s Village Council voted unanimously to adopt the comprehensive plan. Councilors Wednesday said it was a big accomplishment for the Estero, village staff and consultants that worked on the project.
“It is a document that all can be proud of here,” said Estero Mayor Jim Boesch.
The plan covers village goals, objectives and policies in nine areas including transportation, housing, infrastructure and conservation and coastal management.
Here are four things to know about the new comprehensive plan.
1. Transportation goals highlight desire for safety, traffic improvements
Estero’s comprehensive plan includes policies that aim to ease safety and traffic problems that plague village residents.
This involves reducing traffic in areas identified by the village’s 2017 traffic study and considers public safety improvements, such as roundabouts, for all upcoming road projects.
The plan specifically targets safety and traffic on Corkscrew Road by aiming to reduce truck traffic, improve vehicle flow along Interstate 75 and discouraging additional development in the DR/GR area — a low-density area set aside by the county for flood and drinking water protection — located east of Interstate 75.
In addition, the plan expresses a desire for Estero’s major roads (U.S. 41, Corkscrew Road, Estero Parkway and Three Oaks Parkway) and minor roads (Via Coconut Point, Sandy Lane, Broadway, Coconut Road and Williams Road) to follow models from Complete Streets, which is a national program that encourages governments to create roads for all forms of transportation.
2. Plans outlined for future land use of Estero village center
Estero’s goal for a thriving social downtown for residents and businesses in the heart of the village is outlined in the comprehensive plan.
The village center is planned for a land near U.S. 41. and includes some of the last larger developed areas in Estero.
The comprehensive plan indicates the village center is expected to be a walkable, mixed use area of higher density residential and commercial buildings.
The plan outlines what is allowed on that land for future downtown, including housing, employment, a hospital, shopping, office space, hotels and recreation.
3. Housing objectives, policies show village open to affordable housing
A 2015 study commissioned by the Estero Council of Community Leaders found that Estero needs more affordable housing to attract younger residents.
Since then, the village has seen some projects come to fruition, but the comprehensive plan includes goals and policies that indicate Estero aims to maintain current affordable housing and work with the private sector to provide more cost-effective choices.
This includes a village policy in the comprehensive plan that allows a mix of housing types and densities, which would provide more options to those in the workforce and with low to moderate incomes, the plan states.
4. Desire to protect wildlife, trees and natural resources
As more development continues in and around Estero, the village’s comprehensive plan highlights the need to protect environmental resources.
The plan includes conservation policies, such as the protection of wetlands and the habitats of endangered and threatened species.
The village plans to protect native plantings and create an inventory of heritage, historic and champion trees to be preserved in Estero, according to the comprehensive plan.
After the Village Council vote Wednesday, the comprehensive plan is sent back to the state.
The Department of Economic Opportunity is expected to review the plan to see whether or not it is in compliance with the state laws.
The document can also be challenged by outside groups, said Estero Community Development Director Mary Gibbs.
If the department finds Estero’s comprehensive plan is not in compliance, Estero would be allowed to make changes, said Estero land use lawyer Nancy Stroud.
The village’s plan becomes an effective policy once it is approved by the state, Gibbs said.
Read the plan:
To learn more about Estero’s comprehensive plan, see estero-fl.gov