Rural Lands Stewardship Area Overlay Restudy

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Rural Lands Stewardship Area Restudy White Paper will be presented to the Board of County Commissioners June 25, 2019. To view a paper copy of the White Paper, please stop by the Community Planning office at 2800 N. Horseshoe Dr., Naples, FL 34102. Check back here for future updates.

Public Responses to White Paper (Pre 5/23/19 correspondence see public workshops link, below).

SAVE THE DATE: July 9th 2019, 6:00 – 8:00PM, South Regional Library, 8065 Lely Cultural Parkway, Naples, 34113

Through a partnership with Blue Zones, Collier County will host two important “Smart Growth” speakers with national prominence:

These speakers will discuss principles of smart growth with specific reference to towns and villages in the Rural Fringe Mixed Use District (RFMUD) and the Rural Lands Stewardship Area (RLSA). The County will announce this event through various media. In addition, Mr. Minicozzi will present these principles to the Board of County Commissioners at its regular meeting on July 9th, and again in at least one additional community meeting on July 10th, time to be announced. Please check the County Calendar in late June for further details.

Public InvolvementRLSA Workshop flyer

The Rural Lands Stewardship Area Overlay is approximately 185,000 acres surrounding the Immokalee area. The original plan for this area was adopted in 2002. A 5-year restudy of the Overlay was completed in 2009, led by a citizen committee and resulting in several policy change recommendations. The current restudy effort will consider the previous committee’s recommendations, procure new data and analysis where needed, and determine if further changes will have positive results. New recommendations will be sought through public outreach and consensus.

Rural Lands Stewardship Area Overlay Plan

To date, the implementation of the Rural Land Stewardship Plan has protected over 50,000 acres of habitat, flow ways and agriculture, and directed growth to more sustainable town patterns of Ave Maria and the recently proposed Rural Lands West.

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