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Early voting voting begins on October 21st. Based on candidate statements, here’s how the County Commission candidates stand on the Plum Creek project:

For County Commission district 2:

  • Harold Patterson opposes the plan
  • Lee Pinkoson hasn’t said if he opposes or supports the plan

For County Commission district 4:

  • Ken Cornell opposes the  plan
  • John Martin supports the plan

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.

The county staff recommendation

The report from the county staff says the Plum Creek plan should be rejected. See the story in the Gainesville Sun. The complete report in pdf format can be found here.

County workshops

The Alachua County Board of County Commissioners is sponsoring a series of workshops to solicit public input on the Plum Creek project. Dates and locations are:

Date and time Location Topic
Sept 2
5pm-8:30pm
21403 SE 69th Ave, Hawthorne, FL
(Hawthorne HS Auditorium)
Overview
Sept 4
5pm-8:30pm
1201 SE 43rd St
Gainesville, FL
(Eastside HS Auditorium)
Overview
Sept 16
5 pm – ?
12 SE 1st St, Gainesville, FL
(County Building)
Natural Resources
Sept 22
5 pm – ?
12 SE 1st St, Gainesville, FL
(County Building)
Transportation
Economic Development

(Click on an address for a Google map.)

What’s Plum Creek

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.

 “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.

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