As 2021 comes to a close, the Village of Estero has many accomplishments to celebrate. Here is recap of 2021 highlights.
Tax rate reduction
Estero residents continue to enjoy the lowest tax rate in the Southwest Florida region!
In September, the Village Council approved a tax rate reduction and adopted a budget of $28.8 million for fiscal year 2021-2022, including $19 million for capital improvement projects.
Capital improvements in 2021 included several intersections upgrades, bike/pedestrian improvements, and parks planning.
Major roadway improvements include a new traffic signal on Corkscrew Road, the Corkscrew/I-75 interchange and the Corkscrew Road widening project.
Landscaping enhancements were added along U.S. 41.
The Village adopted its first Land Development Code (LDC), which regulates land use, growth and development in Estero. The LDC defines community standards for architecture, landscaping, zoning, open space, sidewalks, traffic, stormwater and more.
The Village combined its Planning and Zoning Board and Design Review Board into one land use board as part of a streamlined process in the new Land Development Code
The Village issued 4,804 total permits from January to the end of October. The total construction value of those permits is over $140 million.
Several projects are under construction in the Village. These include:
- Completion of the Tidewater residential project on Ben Hill Griffin Parkway
- The Reserve multifamily complex at Via Coconut and Williams Road
- Estero Crossing on Corkscrew Road east of Lowes (Stock Development’s mixed use commercial and multifamily project)
- Houck medical building and Autozone on Arcos Avenue
Recently approved projects include:
- The first phase of Corkscrew Crossing, a single family home subdivision of 500+ units east of Wildcat Run
- Via Coconut, a mixed use project with 330 multifamily units and commercial uses on Via Coconut Point west of Genova
- A combined elementary and middle school on Three Oaks Parkway east of the Post Office
- A high rise building at West Bay Club
New facesIn March, three new councilmembers joined the Village Council: Larry Fiesel, Joanne Ribble and Jim Ward.
In August, Chris Phillips joined the Village of Estero staff as the new finance director. He brings a wealth of experience, having served in local government finance for 22 years.
Volunteers & events
Volunteers who run the audio-visual (AV) equipment for Village Council and other public meetings logged hundreds of hours, enabling online viewing of these important meetings during the pandemic.
Volunteers also helped plan and run community events like the Veterans Day program on Nov. 13 and Celebrate Estero on Dec. 4 at Estero Park.
The Village partnered with Florida Gulf Coast University to analyze water quality in the Estero River.
Ongoing water monitoring continues to guide the Village in addressing stormwater and water quality issues.
The Village launched an educational campaign to help Estero residents understand how their actions can affect the environment and local water quality.
Resources for residents can be found on the Village’s website at estero-fl.gov/residents
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