Development of a planned community that will bring 2,800 homes to Hutto, 28 miles northeast of Austin, has begun. Houston's Empire Continental Land,  has officially begun development of its largest master-planned community to date — the 835-acre Flora in Hutto, TX.

Empire Continental Land, a Houston-based division of Canadian developer Empire Communities, announced Monday that it's started on Flora, an 800-acre planned community on County Road 133 north of Hutto.

With plans for an eventual s, Empire plans to complete 400 of its planned 2,800 single-family homes in its first phase of development, expected to be complete by the end of the year. Houses will have three to five bedrooms with square footage of 1,400 to 4,000.

Community amenities will include a market square for farmers markets and other gatherings, a welcome center, a clubhouse, a resort-style pool and splash pad, a fitness center, a playground, and nature trails.

ECL developed Lakeside at Lake Georgetown and in general seems bullish on the booming suburbs just north of Austin.

“Hutto is in a period of dynamic growth for both businesses and residential communities,” ECL's Steve Sellers said, noting its proximity to Georgetown, Round Rock, and the new Samsung Austin Semiconductor plant opening this year in nearby Taylor.

Complete buildout of the community is expected to take seven to 10 years.