COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- Environmental agencies have approved the development of a 2,262-acre tract of land east of Naples that eventually will include more than 1,600 homes, retail businesses, medical offices, senior housing, a public school and a business park.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the South Florida Water Management District OK’d plans for Hacienda Lakes," said David E. Torres, president of Hacienda Lakes of Naples LLC. The plan had already received approval by the Collier County Board of County Commissioners, according to the developer.

Hacienda Lakes lies to the east of Collier Boulevard and encompasses land around Florida Sports Park to the north and stretches south of Physicians Regional Medical Center. The Sports Park and Swamp Buggy track will not be affected. More than 1,500 acres will be left as a preserve area.

The project is permitted to include 1,760 homes; 327,000 square feet of retail space; 70,000 square feet of professional and medical office space; 135 hotel rooms; 140,000 gross square feet of business park or educational facility; and a public school.