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Plum Creek says its east Alachua development could create 24,000 jobs

Plum Creek Land Company’s plan for developing over 11,000 acres in eastern Alachua County centers around four development hubs shown on this map: A- East Gainesville, B-Hawthorne, C-Campville and D-the intersection of S.R. 26 and C.R. 234. A north-south conservation corridor, following Lochloosa Creek is also shown on the map.  Lake Santa Fe and southeastern Bradford County are shown in the upper, right corner of the map.

Plum Creek Land Company’s plan for developing over 11,000 acres in eastern Alachua County centers around four development hubs shown on this map: A- East Gainesville, B-Hawthorne, C-Campville and D-the intersection of S.R. 26 and C.R. 234. A north-south conservation corridor, following Lochloosa Creek is also shown on the map. Lake Santa Fe and southeastern Bradford County are shown in the upper, right corner of the map.


BY DAN HILDEBRAN

Monitor Editor

Plum Creek Land Company submitted its plans to develop over 11,000 acres in eastern Alachua County to the county’s growth management office on Dec. 12.

The plan calls for converting timberland into 10,500 housing units, 1,500,000 square feet of retail space, 6 million square feet of office and research and development area and 8 million square feet of manufacturing space over the next 50 years.

Plum Creek said the development could create 24,000 jobs.

The company said its comprehensive plan amendment application is the result of a planning process it started in 2011 with a task force, a technical advisory group and a series of community workshops it called Envision Alachua.

Plum Creek said because of the input of Envision Alachua, its plan concentrates development around already existing infrastructure of U.S. 301 and State Roads 20 and 26.  It also said part of its plan will double the acreage it now has under conservation easements, from 22,865 acres to 46,081.

In its application, the company is requesting the county to change around 11,000 acres from agricultural/rural to mixed use on the county’s future land use map.  The area is bordered by U.S. 301, S.R. 26, C.R. 234 and S.R. 20.  It lies mostly between Orange Heights, Hawthorne and Newnans Lake.

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