Here’s what’s happening with the Plum Creek project:

  • For several years, Plum Creek, a timber company and the largest landowner in Alachua County has been holding public meetings to present plans for a major development in Alachua County. (See the overview below.)
  • Eventually, a formal request to modify the county comprehensive plan was submitted to the county. That plan can be seen here.
  • The report from Alachua County Growth Management said the Plum Creek plan should be rejected. See the story in the Gainesville Sun. The complete report in pdf format can be found here.
  • In September 2014, the county held public workshops to present the plan and answer questions. Another workshop was held on October 21st, 2014, for the Alachua County Commission. Videos and other materials from these workshops s are available on the page  Work shop videos and materials.
  • On October 21st, 2014, Plum Creek announced that it will be revising its plan. This was reported in a story in the Gainesville Sun. A revised plan probably won’t be submitted until sometime in 2015.

Overview of the Plum Creek project

Plum Creek, a timber company and the largest land owner in Alachua County, has submitted a request to Alachua County Growth Management to amend the county’s Comprehensive Plan.  They propose to cluster 10,500 homes and 15.5 million square feet of commercial and industrial space on 11,000 of their acres. The land is located  on County Road 234 east of Newnan’s lake near Hawthorne and Windsor.

We believe that the county’s existing Comprehensive Plan offers a better blueprint for the future prosperity of the community.  It protects our environment and the existing urban and rural centers. It supports well-designed residential and non-residential development. Plum Creek’s proposal will create a new urban center and will reduce protections for wetlands and wildlife.

Follow the links below for more details on the Plum Creek project.

Bob Knight on water resources

Bob Knight, an authority on local water resource issues, was retained by Plum Creek to serve on their Technical Advisory Committee on water resources. We don’t think they’re going to like what he has to say. “Pump no groundwater and utilize no fertilizer anywhere in the Envision Alachua development… “…assume all of these goals and principles will be codified as actual contractual commitments between Plum Creek and the residents of Alachua County.”  A bit of a read, but well worth it. View the whole report here, or download as a pdf file here.

 “One of the key initiatives for the company over the past several years has been the entitlement of our most valuable development properties. Through the pursuit of these entitlements, we change the very nature of these assets and create long-term value for shareholders. We do not intend to pursue vertical development or invest a significant amount of capital into these properties. Rather our strategy is to spend time and effort to move these properties up the value chain through entitlement and capture that value.”  Plum Creek CEO Rick Holley in the Atlanta Business Chronicle, April 30, 2014.