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Rural Land Stewardship Area (RLSA) Overlay Program

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The Rural Land Stewardship Area (RLSA) program was established by Collier County's Land Development Code (LDC) 4.08.00 in conformity with the Growth Management Plan (GMP).  The purpose of the program is to encourage smart growth patterns in rural areas of the county per the GMP.  Collier County's objective is to create an incentive based land use overlay system, herein referred to as the Collier County Rural Lands Stewardship Area Overlay, based on the principles of rural land stewardship as defined in Chapter 163.3177.(11), Florida Statutes. 

The Stewardship Sending Area (SSA) is used to issue designated Sending Area Stewardship credits to property owners which may be used to entitle Stewardship Receiving  Area (SRA) which can be in the form of self-contained planned urban developments in the RLSA.  The SSA Program within the RLSA establishes a method for protecting and conserving the most valuable environmental land, including large connected wetland systems and significant areas of habitat for listed species.

The Policies that will implement this Goal and Objective are set forth in groups relating to each aspect of the Goal.  Group 1 policies describe the structure and organization of the Collier County Rural Lands Stewardship Area Overlay. Group 2 policies relate to agriculture, Group 3 policies relate to natural resource protection, and Group 4 policies relate to conversion of land to other uses and economic diversification.  Group 5 are regulatory policies that ensure that land that is not voluntarily included in the Overlay by its owners shall nonetheless meet the minimum requirements of the Final Order pertaining to natural resource protection.

Have questions about the RLSA program? 



Stewardship Sending Area Log - Approved (w/pending) SSA's

RLSA Overlay Status Map

Program information:   

RLSA Procedures Guide

Attachment A - Stewardship Credit Worksheet

Attachment B - Land Use Matrix

Attachment C - Stewardship Receiving Area Characteristics

RLSA Natural Resource Index Map Series Entire Study Area Map:

Northeast Study Area Map

Northwest Study Area Map

Southwest Study Area Map

East Central Study Area Map

West Central Study Area Map

2007 County Agricultural Usage

2007 RLSA Agricultural Usage


County Agricultural Usage 1970-2007

Project Management Plan for RLSA 5-Yeah Review (7-2-07)

RLSA Ground Water Memorandum

RLSA Review - BCC Approved Resolution 2007-173

Rural Lands Stage 1 Report

Rural Lands Stage 2 Report


Stewardship Easements SSAs 1-4

Stewardship Easements SSAs 5-9 (less rescinded #SSA #8)

Stewardship Easement SSA 10

Stewardship Easement SSA 11

Stewardship Easement SSA 12

Stewardship Easement SSA 13

Stewardship Easement SSAs 14-16


Stewardship Easement SSA 8)

Information Documents:

Map of Existing SSA's in Collier County RLSA 

RLSA SSA Land Characteristics Summary



SSA Application

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