Todd Powell: A group planning effort

Todd Powell gives us some insight into the Envision Alachua project developing right here in our community. The true team approach in the planning stage of this project is part of the reason why the project has had such a positive impact. “The birth of Envision Alachua also goes back to 2005 when Plum Creek sold a 658-acre property (now known as Phifer Flatwoods Preserve) through a public auction.”

Since then, diverse mixes of developers from all facets of our community have spent countless hours devoting their time to improving our community and economy. “Protecting and optimizing water resources are a priority in the Envision Alachua plan” along with other initiatives such as land conservation, wildlife conservation, maintaining agriculture and sustainable forest management just to name a few. It hasn’t been all roses; there has been some resistance, but Envision Alachua maintains they will continue to move forward with complete transparency and are eager to listen and respond to the feedback from our community in hopes of improving our community for the better.

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Virginia MacKoul

Virginia is a graduate from the University of Florida's College of Design Construction and Planning with a degree in Sustainability and the Built Environment, and a minor in Urban Regional Planning. Virginia joined the Front Street team in 2011, as an intern. Upon graduation, Virginia joined the Front Street team full-time as the Director of Client Services. Ms. MacKoul’s addition furthers Front Street’s continued growth and expansion within Gainesville and other North Central Florida markets. She was promoted to Director of Marketing in 2014 and now manages the firm’s team of interns and oversees all marketing and branding activity. Virginia was born in Boston and moved to Lee County, Florida in 1997. Virginia graduated her high school's International Baccalaureate program and started at the University of Florida with a focus on Architecture. Virginia shares Front Street's passion of giving back to the community and those in need. Virginia's hobbies include photography, cooking, football, movies, music, and spending time with her dog, Brinkley.

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