Plum Creek begins second round of community meetings

Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 12:41 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 12:41 p.m.

Plum Creek timber company is convening another round of community meetings to bring a sharper focus to ideas for its 65,000 acres in Alachua County, in particular 17,000 acres east of Newnan's Lake.

Phase II of the Envision Alachua process starts with a task force meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Senior Recreation Center, 5701 NW 34th St.

Once the meetings are over in April 2013, the company plans to develop a 50-year master plan for the land.

For this round, Plum Creek created a technical advisory group of local and state regulatory agencies for advice on planning details.

The company also hired Boston-based planning and design firm Sasaki Associates to help create a plan. The firm won the American Society of Landscape Architects 2012 Award of Excellence and has planned projects around the world, including the principal venue of the 2008 Beijing Olympics and the Lake Nona Medical City near Orlando.

Nearly 700 people participated last year in Phase I in a series of meetings that identified the community's priorities for the land, including economic development to create jobs, conservation, agriculture and environmentally friendly residential development. The resulting document, "Visions, Goals and Planning Principles," is available at

Thursday's meeting is the first of three for the task force, consisting of many of the same 30 people in the Phase I task force representing education, business, conservation, government and nearby communities. The meetings are open to the public, but seating is limited so organizers asked interested people to RSVP through the website.

Plum Creek also plans to hold community workshops to gather public input on Feb. 7 and April 11, 2013, and an education forum to be announced.

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