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Feb 27, 2015

Editorial: Local decisions

If Plum Creek wants current Alachua County commissioners to approve its development plan, sneaking through state legislation that infuriates them would seem to be a bad strategy. Yet some commissioners, without evidence to support their claims, suggested Tuesday that Plum Creek was trying to do just that.

The legislation would take away local control over important issues such as conservation easements and the impact of development on wetlands. We applaud the county and Plum Creek for opposing the bills, and support keeping decisions involving the company's plan in local hands. For that to work, the county needs to engage in a productive relationship with Plum Creek. Episodes such as Tuesday's commission meeting won't help that happen., The Gainesville Sun, February 27, 2015. (Read entire article)

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