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Babcock Ranch

Visioning, master planning, and environmental permitting for a sustainable Florida community

  • 17K

    Acre Community

  • Florida


Our master plan for the first solar-powered community in the United States is the blueprint for a new kind of hometown.

Buffered by state-owned preservation lands, the Babcock Ranch master planned community is being developed with sustainable infrastructure for future generations of Southwest Florida. Previously used for active agriculture and mining, the site is approved for 19,000 units and 6 million square feet of retail, office, and public space.

Due to its size and Florida’s rapid growth, the Babcock Ranch development required a close public/private partnership between our client and surrounding community leaders. Stantec worked on the visioning, master plan, land use entitlements, a new zoning code for entitlements, and environmental planning for the community. The plan’s long-range vision includes promoting interconnectivity to the region, maximizing the preservation of natural resources, a network of hierarchical greenways, integrated smart AV, and a sustainable community that employs both green development and green building techniques.

The result is the first solar community in the United States—a responsibly developed, water conscious, and walkable community utilizing energy efficient building standards.

At a Glance

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Meet Our Team

Jim Paulmann, Vice President, Discipline Leader, Community Development (Planning)

My wheelhouse is master planned communities; knowledge and understanding of their unique issues, and a background in creating positive outcomes for public/private partnerships.
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Katie LaBarr, AICP, Project Planner

I enjoy working with a variety of clients—both public and private—to create planning solutions that build communities.

Frank Domingo, Senior Project Manager, Transportation

I see projects through the eyes of both the public and private sector.
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Jim Paulmann

Vice President, Discipline Leader, Community Development (Planning)

Katie LaBarr, AICP

Project Planner

Frank Domingo

Senior Project Manager, Transportation

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