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#1 Rivergrass SRA
Planning Project Application Number: PL20190000044
Project Name: Rivergrass Village SRA (SRA)
Project Type: RLSA Stewardship Receiving Area Determination of Completeness
Property Owner's Full Name: COLLIER LAND HOLDINGS LTD
Description of Work:
This is a request for a pre-application meeting for a Rural Village SRA (Collier Village) which will be 1,000 acres in size and located just east of DeSoto Blvd., north of Oil Well Road (partially in Sections 10, 14 and 15) and south of Oil Well Road (partially in Sections 22, 23 and 27), Township 48 South, Range 28 East. 

It will consist of a maximum of 2,500 dwelling units, and 80,000 square feet of neighborhood-scaled retail and office uses and 25,000 square feet of civic, government, and institutional uses, and one 18-hole golf course.

Status: Approved by the BCC for construction. Has the potential to add 5000 cars to traffic on Oil Well Rd to Immokalee Rd.

​#2 Bellmar Village SRA
Planning Project Application Number: PL20190001837
Project Name: Bellmar Village (SRA)
Project Type: RLSA Stewardship Receiving Area Determination of Completeness
Property Owner's Full Name: COLLIER LAND HOLDINGS LTD
Description of Work:
This is a request for a pre-application meeting for Bellmar Village SRA which will be approximately 1,000 acres in size and located in portions of Sections 2, 3, 10, 11,Township 49S, Range 28E. 

It will consist of a maximum of 2,750 dwelling units, and 85,000 square feet of retail and office uses and 27,500 square feet of civic, governmental, and institutional uses.

Status: Under review by the BCC for permitting. Has the potential to put 6000 more cars on GG Blvd.  

If you want to make comments about this project send to Principal Planner C. James Sabo, AICP, at 239-252-2708 or via email at James.Sabo@colliercountyfl.gov

#3 Longwater SRA
Planning Project Application Number: PL20190001836
Project Name: Longwater Village SRA (SRA)
Project Type: RLSA Stewardship Receiving Area Determination of Completeness
Property Owner's Full Name: CDC LAND INVESTMENTS LLC
Description of Work:
This is a request for a pre-application meeting for Longwater Village SRA which will be approximately 1,000 acres in size and located in portions of Sections 23, 27, 34, Township 48S, Range 28E.

It will consist of a maximum of 2,600 dwelling units, and 65,000 square feet of retail and office uses and 25,000 square feet of civic, governmental, and institutional uses.

Status: Applications have been submitted and under review. Has the potential to put 5000 more cars on to Oil Well Rd, Desoto Blvd, Randall Blvd and 18th Ave NE. Will connect directly to 18th Ave NE.

If you want to make comments about this project send to Principal Planner Nancy Gundlach Email: nancy.gundlach@colliercountyfl.gov Phone #: (239) 252-2484 

SKY SAIL - PHASE 1
Planning Project Appl Number: PL20190001066
Project Name:  Sky Sail - Phase One (FKA - Hyde Park - Phase 1) 
Project Type:  RLSA  Stewardship Receiving Area
Property Owner Name:  WINCHESTER LAND LLC

Description of Work:
Hyde Park Phase 1 will consist of 250 single-family residential units and the infrastructure required to serve the project.

Hyde Park total build out is 1500 dwelling units.

Status:  Phase 1 approved by BCC for construction.  Potential to add 600 cars to Oil Well Rd, Immokalee Rd.

IMMOKALEE RD RURAL VILLAGES -RFMUD
Planning Project Appl Number: PL20180002661
Project Name: Immokalee Road Rural Village MPUD (PUDZ)
Project Type: Planned Unit Development Rezone
Application Types: Pre-Application Meeting (Status: Complete - Add Application Type)
Planned Unit Development Rezone (Status: Resubmit - Open for Uploads)
Application Status: Resubmit - Open for Uploads
Date Entered: 08/28/2018
Property Owner's Full Name: 27TH PICO BOULEVARD LTD PTNR % FLORIDA BLUE JAY LLC
Description of Work:
This is a PUD rezone to allow 4,000 Dwelling Units; 350,000 SF of retail/shopping and 100,000 SF of office use. 

It is a companion item to the proposed GMPA to establish the Immokalee Road Rural Village Overlay. The Overlay allows the development to exceed RFMUD restrictions.

Status:  Under review.  Potential to put 10,000 vehicles on Immokalee Rd


Eastern Collier developers must heed policy, pay for infrastructure


By Judith M. Hushon and Lynn S. Martin 
Guest columnists to the Naples Daily News
29 October 2020

Reference Link: www.CollierNESA.com  
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 the North East Utilities Facility


In eastern Collier’s Rural Lands Stewardship Area (RLSA), a group of landowners is intent on building multiple residential developments. Providing the infrastructure, however, is the responsibility of the County and will cost Collier citizens a bundle in taxes now and in the future.

The RLSA, consisting of 145,000 acres in Eastern Collier County, was created in 2000 by Florida statute as a zoning overlay to incentivize landowners to preserve environmentally sensitive areas while building innovative communities. The state requires communities to be fiscally neutral to the County. This means developers are required to pay the cost of the infrastructure needed to serve developments so no burden is placed on County taxpayers for this growth. 

“Growth must pay for growth” Ave Maria was the first town built in the RLSA in 2004. This developer formed a Stewardship District that paid for potable water, wastewater, and storm water treatment and other infrastructure. These facilities were financed by revenue bonds issued by the stewardship district, not the Collier County taxpayers.

Now, four new villages (Hyde Park, Rivergrass, Longwater, and Belmar) are proposed. In 2004 these landowners formed the Big Cypress Stewardship District, to manage the building of infrastructure, similar to Ave Maria. 

BUT — in 2018, the County relieved these developers of the need to build potable water and wastewater treatment facilities. 

Instead the County is undertaking the construction of the North East Utilities Facility (NEUF) to supply potable water and wastewater treatment to these new developments. This is a windfall for the developers. The developers will only be required to pay “impact fees” when a home is sold.

The County is paying for the NEUF in two ways. First, they have lowered the level of service to the County, which means they will provide less water per household than they did previously. As the population increases, the County’s water production/treatment capacity will not need to increase as rapidly. Secondly, the County intends to issue over $180 Million in bonds during the next five years (including $73.4M for potable water and $114M for wastewater). 

Impact fees, expected to be collected at build-out, will offset only a portion of the bond debt service. The gap will be paid through higher annual water fees and taxes levied on County citizens. As a result, County residents will be responsible for at least $200 Million in water and sewer infrastructure costs for these 4 communities, an obligation that rightly should be the responsibility of the developers.

By statute, developers must provide an economic analysis of fiscal neutrality for the project. However, calculations presented by the developers at these new village hearings have underestimated the number of individuals per household. 

The developers assume the new villages will have 2.51 residents per household reduced further by part-time occupancy. The 2045 LRTP prepared for FDOT uses an average estimate of 3.38 residents per RLSA household, which compares to Golden Gate at 3.75. With approximately 24,000 dwelling units planned in the four villages, the developers estimate 54,000 total new residents but, based on the FDOT estimates, actual build out will probably generate over 80,000 residents. As a result, the County will need to construct additional infrastructure at additional cost to taxpayers. 

This underestimation of population will impact other infrastructure requirements for these villages and shift additional financial burden to Collier county taxpayers.

“Growth is not paying for growth.” We must demand that the Collier County Commissioners serve the citizens better and not just the developers. The Commissioners must demand that these landowners pay their fair share!!

Judith M. Hushon, Ph.D. and Lynn S. Martin are members of the Environmental Affairs Committee of the Collier County League of Women Voters.