At a recent county commission meeting, Plum Creek announced they would be resubmitting their development plan in January. The submitted plan details their development goals for 60,000 acres in East Gainesville.
While every effort was made to make the plan as detailed and comprehensive as possible, County Commissioners and residents were left with some lingering questions. Any plan of this size is prone to shortcomings. In an effort to get it right, Plum Creek plans on taking all of the questions and concerns gathered thus far and address them through the resubmission of their plan.
Most of the questions about the plan stemmed from a lack of clarity. With a project proposing so many sweeping implications for an entire region, many people are going through the plan with a fine tooth comb – as they should be. The plan in its current state has been recommended for rejection by the county staff, although the County Commission has not made any judgments. Common questions deal with the following topics: types of jobs created, environmental impact, cohesion with Alachua County’s Comprehensive Plan and specific details for development. As a result, Plum Creek will take an extra three months revising their plan, tailoring it to the communities' needs and addressing the Commission’s questions.