The primary election is on August 26th, 2014. Here’s how the candidates stand on the Plum Creek project:

Race Candidate For or against Plum Creek project
District 2 Lee Pinkoson Won’t say
Harvey Ward Against
District 4 Ken Cornell Against
Kevin Thorpe For


For more details on the candidates opinions, see the results from the SBOP questionnaire, and on the record statements from the candidates.

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.