Workshop is Thursday on Plum Creek timberland

Published: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 3:40 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 3:40 p.m.

The Plum Creek timber company is holding a community workshop Thursday evening to provide an update on the Envision Alachua process of planning uses for its land and to take ideas from the audience.

Dale Brill, former president of the Florida Chamber of Commerce Foundation, will present Plum Creek's Economic Progress initiative to show how the community can attract good jobs through opportunities identified through the planning process.

The meeting is at the Martin Luther King Jr. Multipurpose Center at 1028 NE 14th St., with sign-in starting at 5:30 p.m. followed by the workshop from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. A light dinner and child care will be provided.

The workshop is part of Phase II of the planning process to bring a sharper focus to ideas for the company's 65,000 acres in Alachua County, in particular 17,000 acres between east Gainesville and Hawthorne.

Nearly 700 people participated in Phase I in a series of meetings that identified the community's priorities for the land, including economic development, conservation, agriculture and environmentally friendly residential development.

Comments from the community were incorporated into the draft vision document and presented to a task force. The document, "Visions, Goals and Planning Principles," is available at

Following Phase II, Plum Creek plans to develop a 50-year master plan for the land.

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