A senior government official in Samoa is not ruling out developing a new nature reserve in the future.
The government says it'll use only about three per cent of the land it's bought at Salelologa for development, with the rest becoming a national park.
The government had said it wanted to use the nearly 3-thousand acres for a new town.
But now the government will only subdivide 100 acres and lease the plots to businesses.
The CEO for the Environment Ministry, Tuuu Ieti Taulealo, says he can't guarantee the land won't be developed in future:
"Well look I can, can not really give any guarantees on behalf of the government. All I can do is to say, and I've said before, that Cabinet has approved that you know, that most of the land will be a public reserve."
The takeover of land from Salelologa villagers has seen a drawn-out dispute over compensation.