Where we are in the process
The overall plan for Wildlight, established in collaboration with Nassau County, is known as the East Nassau Community Planning Area (ENCPA) sector plan. This plan was approved by the County and the Florida State Legislature in 2011, and it established in broad strokes the overall design for the Wildlight community. Within the sector plan, two Detailed Specific Area Plans or DSAPs, create a more detailed plan for development. The first DSAP was approved by the County in 2013, paving the way for development to begin on the initial phase of Wildlight in 2016. The second DSAP is in the final stages of the approval process.
The initial phase of Wildlight, with its 4,000 acres along I-95 and Highway 17, includes a wide variety of housing. Yet it is also where most of Wildlight’s office and retail space is emerging.
If approved by the County, the second major area of Wildlight will not only provide a wider range of housing over several decades, it will create public access to thousands of acres of natural wetlands and uplands.
Detailed Specific Area Plans have not yet been created for these parcels, but they are expected to include a mix of residential, retail, dining, office and industry.
The plan for DSAP1 included an ambitious list of initial goals. Wildlight fulfilled these objectives within its first five years of development.
Create a village center of retailers, restaurants and offices to catalyze investment and economic development
Establish an innovative mix of multiple types of complementary residential, commercial and civic uses
Create a new and significant social gathering point for community events and activities
Establish a higher design standard for planning and architecture
Help beautify Nassau County’s “front door”
Collaborate to complete SR200 widening to six lanes including Interstate 95 diverging diamond interchange
Develop enabling infrastructure to transition raw forestland to community (e.g. water, sewer, power, communications, access)
Work with A-rated Nassau District Schools to provide land for a new elementary school
Lead the office relocation market by establishing Rayonier Corporate Headquarters in Wildlight
Attract significant investment project partners (e.g. University of Florida, Florida Public Utilities, Publix)
Within a short span of years, the first part of Wildlight has grown into a diverse, walkable mix of elements.
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