We are delighted to announce that Plum Creek has selected Sasaki as the lead land use planner and designer for the second phase of Envision Alachua—a community-minded plan for Plum Creek's lands in Alachua County in Florida. A renowned timberland company based in Seattle, Plum Creek is the largest and most geographically diverse private landowner in the nation.
Phase one of the Envision Alachua process, led by MIG, generated a vision, goals, and planning principles document that identified the economy, the environment, and the community as the top priorities for a potential master plan of Plum Creek's 65,000 acres in Alachua County. The focus of phase two, scheduled to commence this month, will build upon that vision and interact further with the community to guide Plum Creek regarding future development and conservation of its lands.
"Plum Creek is leveraging the strengths of Sasaki and MIG to collaborate in hopes of creating a master plan that balances economic development and conservation activities," said Todd Powell, Plum Creek's senior director of real estate. "Sasaki will play a critical role in transforming the Envision Alachua Vision, Goals and Planning Principles into reality."
As lead land use planner and designer, Sasaki will provide master planning, design leadership and direction. The Sasaki team, led by Sasaki principal Fred Merrill, will work closely with MIG and the project team of engineers, environmental scientists, transportation planners, and related technical professionals throughout the community planning process.
"We are excited to work with Plum Creek and to be a part of such a forward-thinking, community-oriented project," says Fred.