Lee Property/Hickory Sink Strategic Ecosystem Special Area Study Meeting Postponed

Press release from Alachua County

ALACHUA COUNTY, Fla. – The Alachua County Commission meeting on the Lee Property/Hickory Sink Strategic Ecosystem Special Area Study scheduled for Tuesday, October 11, 2022, at 5 p.m. has been postponed. It will be rescheduled for a date to be determined. 

Alachua County will announce when the County Commission meeting on this item is rescheduled and will provide additional notice of the meeting date and time via U.S. mail, email, newspaper advertisement, and other available communication channels.

The site that is the subject of the Special Area Study is shown in the above image and encompasses much of the “Hickory Sink” Strategic Ecosystem as designated in the Alachua County Comprehensive Plan. Therefore, a special area planning process is required to be completed before any development on the site. The purpose of the Special Area Study is to provide a detailed natural resources assessment of the Strategic Ecosystem and delineation of conservation areas for permanent protection in accordance with the Comprehensive Plan. The Special Area Study also evaluates potential development scenarios for the property and related infrastructure considerations. 

The Special Area Study report, County staff report, and applicant and staff presentations from the September 20 County Commission meeting are available online.

The video of the September 20 County Commission Special Meeting can be viewed here.

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  • Stop wasting time before the election. Just swap the land for eastern county geologically better ex-Plum Creek envision Alachua site already annexed by Hawthorne and zoned for development. Shovel ready! UF wanted that before, it’s better for golf course, no harm to the groundwater and springs!

  • They should change the slogan from “Wild spaces, public places” to “Crowded spaces, developed places”.

  • Who wants to bet the AC BOCC will vote and pass this right after November 8th if they are still a 4:1 or 3:2 majority? Move this development to Keystone Heights so Cornell can drive through it on his way to work!

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