As the largest real-estate development plan in the history of Central Florida, Deseret Ranchlands is expected to feature a city of 500,000 people that would be built on 133,000 acres of ranch land southeast of Orlando, and remains a project for which construction may not start for another 40 years.
In September 2015 Osceola County Commissioners adopted the North Ranch Sector Plan, which extended the county's urban growth boundary to include the majority of the ranch property. The plan has been submitted to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity for approval.
Located primarily in north Osceola County, east of Orlando International Airport, the 133,000 acres is larger than Orlando, Winter Park, Kissimmee, Apopka and St. Cloud combined, per measurements by the Orlando Sentinel.
Deseret Ranch managers and officials of Osceola County worked together, along with environmental groups, to map what areas of the massive property will be designated for residential and commercial development, and which areas will remain ecologically preserved.
Ecology experts have recommended that 75,000 acres of the property be set as protected natural area, up from 56,000 acres proposed by ranch and county staff. The additional 19,000 acres proposed by experts is three times the size of Winter Park.
FAST FACTS Location: Part of 290,000 total acres of undeveloped land mostly in north Osceola County, as well as parts of Orange and Brevard counties Owner: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Start Date: unknown, projected decades into the future by Deseret Ranches End Date: n/a Project Budget: n/a General Contractor: n/a Description: The largest undeveloped tract in Florida and owned by the Mormon church, it's a proposed metropolis of up to 500,000 people spanning Osceola, Orange and Brevard counties, with development to begin in Osceola.