Application for Collier County 4,000-acre community pulled by developer

A controversial plan for development in Collier County is on hold.

Developer Collier Enterprises wanted to build a new 4,000-acre town in eastern Collier County but has pulled its application altogether.

Collier Enterprises said it’s exploring all other options for the future.

The land developer wanted to build a town called Rural Lands West. It would have gone east of Golden Gate Estates. The company wanted to add 10,000 homes and more than 2 million square feet of stores, offices, hotels and schools.

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida said the potential development would impact unique species such as the Florida panther.

WINK News has not learned yet why Collier Enterprises decided to back out of its application.

According to its website, it’s committed to helping meet the county’s future growth demands while preserving thousands of acres of wildlife habitat.

Trust WINK News to update you as more information becomes available. 

Reporter:Hannah Vogel