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Rural Lands West

Collier Enterprises is working with Minto Communities on planning and permitting activities for Rural Lands West, a new community located in eastern Collier County.  We are also in discussions with Minto as a key developer in the first phase of the community. 

Formerly known as the Town of Big Cypress, the Rural Lands West community will be located next to Golden Gate Estates at Oil Well Road on land that has been farmed for decades.  Rural Lands West will be permitted locally under Collier County’s nationally recognized Rural Lands Stewardship (RLS) program.  The name “Rural Lands West” is simply a permitting name reflecting the location of the property along the western boundary of the 200,000 acre RLS area in eastern Collier County.  The actual name of the community will be selected during the planning and permitting process.  Under the RLS guidelines, for every acre developed, Rural Lands West will provide approximately three acres of preservation land, including sensitive wetlands, major flow ways, wildlife habitat and other natural ecosystems.  Rural Lands West preservation  will include  thousands of acres within the Camp Keais Strand, helping to complete the preservation of a key corridor for the endangered Florida panther and permanently connecting the CREW lands to the north with the Florida Panther National Wildlife Refuge to the south.

It is anticipated that the initial phase of the Rural Lands West community undertaken by Minto will include approximately 4,000 residential homes and a 150,000 square foot town center.  Additional commercial development will include office, manufacturing, retail, dining, recreation and entertainment options, healthcare, schools, civic and cultural facilities.  Future phases, planned to occur over the next 15-20 years, will bring the community to a total of up to 10,000 residential homes and 1.9 million square feet of commercial space on approximately 4,000 acres of land.

The permitting process will involve local, state and federal agencies, and is estimated to take two to three years to complete.  Collier Enterprises will be working closely with county staff and neighbors during the permitting process.  First residences in Phase I are expected to be available in 2018.  Additional information is available at www.rurallandswest.com.