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Feb 14, 2016

Editorial: Take next step on Envision Alachua

It is a mistake to believe things will stay the same in eastern Alachua County if commissioners just reject Plum Creek’s Envision Alachua sector plan. If the County Commission votes this week to send Envision Alachua to the state for review, it starts a process that means another commission votewithin six months and a complicated permitting process after that. If commissioners rule against sending it, Plum Creek is left with options that might leave our county in worse shape.

Envision Alachua would mean well-planned development that brings jobs to a part of the county desperately needing them. Rejecting it might only lead to haphazard development in eastern Alachua County or cause Plum Creek to turn to a plan or elected officials that don't provide the same benefits to the economy and environment.

Photo credit: Elizabeth Hamilton/Correspondent, The Gainesville Sun, The Gainesville Sun, February 14, 2016. (Read entire article)

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