Today, you’ll find one of Estero’s premier lakefront living communities bursting with families, comraderies and activity, thanks in part because of the careful planning by MDA’s Planning team. Corkscrew Shores was the result of the first overlay established in the DR/GR (Density Reduction/Groundwater Resource) area of Southeast Lee County to allow residential development on property previously mined for limerock.
The team sought to address an existing platted community that permitted individual potable water, well and septic on 648 lots, in direct conflict with the desire to preserve groundwater resources in this corridor of the County.
Morris-Depew Associates worked with Lee County Staff and Conservation Organizations to establish an overlay within the County’s Comprehensive Plan that addressed the existing permitted development while providing additional lands for conservation adjacent to existing CREW lands, which would support additional interconnections and flow-ways for native habitat and wildlife. Through the concurrent Residential Planned Development, the team also worked to ensure 114 acres of the property were placed into conservation, while the 240-acre former mine lake serves as the central focal point for the stunning community with lush natural preserves throughout.