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FLORIDA PLANNING A Publication of the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association

Spring 2019


Can Online Public Engagement BE DIVERSE? By Dave Biggs

The use of online public engagement platforms to support planning projects has grown from a few early adopters to a standard component of many planning outreach efforts. Early on most agreed that online engagement is an effective way to reach younger people who have been traditionally difficult to reach. But can it be more than that? Can online public engagement attract a broad and representative range of age groups, genders, income levels and even neighborhoods that are traditionally underrepresented? continued on page 4




The Evolution of LGBTQ Spaces in Ybor City


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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE I wanted to share some updates from our recent Chapter Presidents Council (CPC) meetings in San Francisco. First, our new Chief Executive Officer Joel Albizo stepped into his role just days before our meetings. I am certain that he will continue to strengthen the organization as we have seen in recent years. As the AICP credit maintenance (CM) program reaches its 10-year anniversary, the AICP Commission is reviewing the program. The commission is currently considering potential changes to the AICP requirements. Recently, the commission reduced the required length of qualifying AICP credits to 15 minutes which will allow CM providers an opportunity to explore other learning constructions such as podcasts. Other changes are also being considered, so stay tuned. The emphasis on incorporating diversity, inclusion and equity into our profession continues to be a popular topic. APA Florida has introduced a Diversity and Inclusion Committee (see separate article in this issue) and will be exploring opportunities to encourage more diversity and inclusion. On that note, APA Florida recently joined APA Kansas and APA Texas in requesting

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that the AICP Commission consider broadening the Code of Ethics: Currently, the AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct requires that AICP members “not unlawfully discriminate against another person.” We respectfully request that this language be strengthened to not just meet legal requirements, but to protect those not yet given legal protections. And finally, our members continue to demonstrate their commitment to the APA Foundation. Conference attendee donations topped $20,000. The APA Florida Executive Committee recently committed approximately $2,000 from our 2018 conference proceeds to the Foundation. The Foundation focuses on community assistance, scholarships, and research. Deerfield Beach recently was awarded funds to produce a post-disaster redevelopment plan in light of hurricane impacts. I encourage you to consider the Foundation in your giving plans for 2019. Thanks for your continued membership,

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Austin takes their survey on the road to target difficult to reach audiences

The short answer is yes, but it takes careful planning and implementation. With all the technological and behavioral changes in the online world, maybe the stars have finally aligned for online engagement. Over the past few years teams across the country are succeeding in engaging diverse audiences online. My role at MetroQuest gives me an interesting vantage point to see patterns in clients’ projects from across the country. Here’s a quick sample of recent projects from coast to coast. In Florida, Hillsborough MPO in partnership with Pasco County and Forward Pinellas engaged over 9,600 participants in their online survey to support It’s Time Tampa Bay, including significant numbers traditionally underrepresented populations such as lower income groups, unemployed and people of color. Moving westward, the City of Austin, TX engaged over 5,100 people in their online survey to support the Austin Strategic Mobility Plan. Their participation numbers almost perfectly matched the ethnic makeup, age mix, and gender balance of the city. Finally, on the west coast, LA Metro, with the support of Arellano Associates, engaged over 6,300 participants including an impressive mix of traditionally underrepresented audiences to support the NextGen Bus Study. Here are some highlights: • Over 59% of participants were people of color matching the diversity of the Los Angeles area. 4 Spring 2019 / Florida Planning

• Over 43% of participants had an annual household under $50,000. • Over 25% of participants were over 50 years of age including about 8% over age 65. These case studies demonstrate that online engagement can engage large numbers of participants and a diverse range of demographics. The recipe for success goes well beyond offering translated materials. Detailed interviews with project leaders reveal the following 10 best practices: 1. Limit the length of the online survey to about 5-minutes to accommodate busy people. 2. Ensure that your online survey is delightful to use on a smartphone. 3. Leverage visuals and interactive components to ensure a fun and shareable experience. 4. Provide easy ways for participants without planning expertise to learn about planning choices and trade-offs so they feel empowered to weigh in. 5. Collect rich demographic data to monitor participation and identify gaps early in the engagement period. continued on page 5


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6. Partner with community groups to leverage the trust they have with a difficult to reach audiences. 7. Target any gaps in participation using “go to them” tactics such as setting up an engagement table with iPads at existing community events. 8. Use the demographic targeting capabilities built into to paid advertising on social media platforms to promote your survey to specific groups. 9. Create a parallel paper-based survey option for people who prefer to not use technology. 10. Report on key differences in priorities, needs and opinions across each demographic segment to ensure that your plan truly meets the needs of your diverse community. These best practices and the results that they are able to produce is encouraging. It’s also worth noting that while strategies like showing up with iPad at community events can help close what remains of the digital divide, this is not a perfect science and complete coverage and representation is unattainable. These strategies, however, will help

LA Metro online survey integrates game-like education on planning tradeoffs to help non-experts weigh in on complex topics

other project teams employ best practices and increase the diversity and inclusion of their outreach activities.

Dave Biggs is the Chief Engagement Officer of MetroQuest and an internationally-recognized author and public engagement strategist focusing on the use of software tools to enhance community participation for planning projects. He can be reached at dave.biggs@metroquest.com


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The case Ybor City, an historic neighborhood in Tampa provides some useful insights into the ways that LGBTQ spaces evolve over time. Ybor City thrived in the late 19th century as a home for immigrant workers in the cigar industry. This inclusive neighborhood welcomed Cubans, Spanish, Italian, and East European immigrants who all contributed to its growth. The neighborhood is now a designated National Historic Landmark, but over the past 100 years it experienced a series of economic booms and then busts. During the most recent economic recession, the GaYbor District Coalition was formed to promote Ybor City as Tampa’s most LGBT friendly ethnic neighborhood. This article uses qualitative interviews to explore the ways that Ybor’s ethnicity and its historic urban fabric have contributed to a queerly inclusive urban identity and shaped the development of a unique urban neighborhood. In the late 20th century, after many years of decline, traces of Ybor’s radically inclusive neighborhood remained. Jose, a

gay Cuban-American who was born in Ybor City, reflected that the neighborhood’s longstanding diversity led to an openness to difference that made outsiders feel welcome. Ybor City is very diverse, has always been very diverse, and Ybor City has the zoning that’s capable of sustaining gay activity Gay village development often occurs in older sections of cities that have interesting architecture in a deteriorated continued on page 8

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condition. In Ybor City, gays and the wider arts community in Tampa recognized the unique character of the built environment and were certainly significant players in helping to lift Ybor City out of the devastating effects of urban renewal in the 1960s. Pablo, a gay Cuban-American, describes this gentrifying role in Ybor as: you know my past is real estate so I buy and sell houses…. it’s what we do … what gay boys do … I mean we have so much to work with here. In the summer of 2007, the existing gay and straight businesses, realizing that working together could benefit them all, created the grassroots GaYbor District Coalition (GDC). Working cooperatively, this coalition grew into a major voice of over 250 members to promote Ybor City as a destination for the gay and lesbian community. The GDC was respected by elected officials and gained a seat on the Ybor City Development Corporation Board of Directors. Since this time the GDC has been heavily involved in marketing Ybor City through trade shows, events, publications, and social media. Through aggressive marketing, not only did Ybor City see an influx of more LGBT visitors but also people wanting to live in the area. Reggie, a gay white resident of Ybor, described the formation of the Gaybor coalition. They wanted a hub so to say, for the gay community to feel safe ... Back in the day, Ybor City was not safe at all …. when we were starting the GaYbor district it was on its down lull, so everything from 16th St to 14th St was empty ... The GaYbor district is 7 or 8 years old now. It just seemed like when the gays started modeling the west end of Ybor City, everything started to fall in line. More people came, businesses opened, restaurants opened … I guess they follow the gays Brad, a gay white business manager in Ybor, described the importance of the rejuvenated Tampa Pride: Tampa Pride has kind of changed a lot of hearts down here in Ybor to the better ... A lot of them kind of said, “Whoa-ho. Yeah, you may represent multiple colors but I do love your color green though and we’ll definitely take that.” For LGBT people broadly and, gay men in particular, the diversity of Ybor City has been a draw to settle in the neighborhood and certainly to visit Ybor for entertainment. This open welcome to gay men and other LBT individuals did not come easily but has been built by careful coalition-building with straight-owned businesses and local political leaders. Being welcoming to LGBT people is now seen as good business. 8 Spring 2019 / Florida Planning

Dr. Petra Doan, is a professor and the Ph.D. Program Director at Florida State University’s Department of Urban & Regional Planning. She can be reached at pdoan@fsu.edu.

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In celebration of National Community Planning Month and National Coming Out Day, the APA Florida Sun Coast Section, the USF Masters of Urban and Regional Planning program, and the USF Student Planning Organization organized a lecture and walking tour event entitled Planning and LGBTQ Communities: Ybor’s Role in a Diverse Tampa Bay.

The event was generously supported through sponsorships from the APA LBGTQ division, Metro Inclusive Health, the Tampa Bay Diversity Chamber of Commerce, and the Ybor City Development Corporation. The event centered on a thought-provoking talk by Professor Petra Doan of FSU, whose groundbreaking research on queer space offers several lessons for planners and policymakers. Dr. Doan discussed the emergence of gayborhoods — one of many terms for areas where LGBTQ persons settle, congregate, and create community. Although gayborhoods have existed in North America throughout the 20th century, the post-war period saw a growing level of organization among LGBTQ communities clustered in spaces like San Francisco’s Castro District. Gayborhoods are often associated with gentrification, as LGBTQ residents and businesses renovate property and open new businesses and cultural destinations. However, these investments trigger economic activity that can eventually push out LGBTQ populations, especially those that are less affluent. Increasing affluence is also often accompanied by new planning regulations—including restrictions on adult businesses—that facilitate a decrease in diversity in gayborhoods. Along with regulation and gentrification, changes within the LGBTQ community are part of structural decline occurring in gayborboods. Suburbs are increasingly being queered, and younger LGBTQ populations

are increasingly priced out or less interested in the bars and clubs typically associated with gayborhoods. Contemporary queer space is more mobile and transitory, exemplified by informal activities such as one-off gatherings organized via social media or more formal events such as gay pride parades or Gay Days at Disney World. However, a need remains for spaces where diverse populations feel welcome, meaning planners must think beyond traditional queer spaces and understand the needs of vulnerable and excluded populations. Florida continues to make progress in creating inclusive communities, as indicated by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2018 Municipal Equality Index. The index ranks cities for policies and services that support LGBTQ residents and employees, such as nondiscrimination laws and benefits for same-sex domestic partners. Six Florida cities earned a perfect score in 2018: • Miami Beach • Orlando • St. Petersburg • Tampa • Wilton Manors • West Palm Beach Following Dr. Doan’s talk, Brenda Thrower of the Ybor City Development Corporation and City of Tampa led a tour of Ybor City, showcasing the area’s long history as a place where diverse communities including immigrants, African Americans, and LGBTQ persons settled and organized social movements. The group also visited the Ybor location of Metro Inclusive Health, an inclusive healthcare provider and learned about the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 International Business and Leadership Conference—the world’s largest LGBTQ business event—which will kick off with an event in Ybor in August 2019.


By Evangeline Linkous, AICP, Ph.D.

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Developing a Diverse and Inclusive Planning W o r k f o r c e By: Alissa Barber Torres, PhD, AICP, CLTD

As planners, the AICP Code of Ethics urges us to “increase the opportunities for members of underrepresented groups to become professional planners and help them advance in the profession” and to “expand choice and opportunity for all persons, recognizing a special responsibility to plan for the needs of the disadvantaged and to promote racial and economic integration.” APA is providing important tools for planners to engage issues of diversity, inclusion, and social justice in our planning communities and practices. These include the Social Equity Task Force, PAS Report on Planning

with Diverse Communities, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, Diversity Committee, and new Social Equity Policy Guide,

as well as corresponding conference sessions and forums. This article offers a few thoughts as part of this larger conversation on making planning workplaces more diverse and inclusive. Diversity and inclusion within our field ideally should encompass race, ethnicity, gender/gender identity, age, disability, culture, nationality, religion, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation and other perspectives, as well as their intersectionality, to provide insights into planning practice that meets the needs of our communities. To achieve these goals, consult and engage with a variety of resources, including the tips and resource guide below.

• Recruit with appropriate ads and outreach. Write

ads that are a good fit to the job’s truly- required skills and needs, that avoid gendered wording, and that include equal opportunity/non-discrimination and inclusivity statements (consistent with applicable human resources policy and federal/state law). Engage new outreach strategies, and

distribute outreach notices and job openings widely. Consider university planning and design programs (including programs at Historically Black Colleges and Universities), APA Chapter job boards, allied professional organizations’ job postings, and job boards (like The Black Urbanist’s) dedicated to promoting inclusivity. Compile, connect with, and share these venues, many free and low-cost, to widen and enhance your pool of applicants. Start now to allow time to grow connections and enhance future talent searches.

• Reflect on access. Ensure that potential interns and

planners have equitable means to get to know your agency. Make sure that job shadowing, internship, and job opportunities receive appropriate notice, have similar application processes, and aren’t more easily secured through relatives, serving on boards, powerful stakeholders, or other networks that may not include marginalized communities as often.

• Consider ways to avoid bias in selection for

interviews. Harvard Business Review research has shown minority applicants who “whiten” their resumes get more interviews. Use your advertisement’s standard criteria, like years and types of experience, for the selection of applicants and interview all or most candidates that meet them. Be careful to follow all applicable laws and human resources policies, such as those relating to veterans’ preference. continued on page 12

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• Ask performance-based questions. Work with human

resources staff to ensure interview questions and evaluation of answers correspond to performance aspects of the job and applicants’ expertise and experience from prior employment, not subjective “gut feelings” and perceived qualities. Use interview panels to obtain more well-rounded impressions of candidates, using the same panel for each applicant. Also, be careful to confirm the panel is pronouncing applicants’ given or preferred names correctly and not inferring names are unusual or difficult to pronounce.

• Don’t ask about salary history. An increasing number of companies, as well as several states, have banned the practice of asking applicants their prior salaries on applications and in interviews to avoid perpetuating historic salary gaps for women and people of color, as well as issues that can arise from willingness to negotiate salary and how that is perceived by others. As an alternative, clearly define a job’s salary range based on skills and experience, then ask applicants their salary expectations. Benchmark your salaries against APA’s salary survey to help ensure equity and document the need for adjustments. • Reflect on the equity within your team. Think about staff members’ individual assignments and their levels of responsibility and visibility in the organization. Who gets to lead projects, especially high-profile ones, and who is getting promoted? Does everyone have access to the growth opportunities, professional development, training, networking, feedback, coaching, and mentoring they need? Are you bringing employees to meetings and encouraging them to sit at the table, ask questions, and share their perspectives? How are you selecting people to mentor, recommend, and advance through your own efforts?

• Consider the team’s dynamics. Check in with team

members to encourage honest feedback, ensure they feel their voices are heard and respected, and to ask for strategies for improvement. Are all staff taking an equal part in meeting your agency’s diversity and inclusion goals? Do staff perceive conscious or unconscious bias or have suggestions to improve the agency’s approaches and environment? Build trust by addressing any concerns using appropriate strategies, such as staff dialogue, training, and documentation, to resolve issues.

• Keep asking questions and sharing your own voice. Diversity and inclusion require ongoing dialogue and openness to new approaches, and the support for that process keeps growing. Look for guides, articles, podcasts, interest groups, and other resources, but don’t forget the 12 Spring 2019 / Florida Planning

greatest resource can be other people. Communicate with your team, agency, and the communities you serve. Reach out, talk, listen, take action, learn, and pass it on. Alissa Barber Torres is the Vice-Chair of APA Florida’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and has 14 years of supervisory experience in planning agencies. She also serves as an AICP Candidate Mentor, APA Ambassador, member of APA’s Leadership Development Committee, and Orange County Director of the Orlando Metro Section. She can be reached at Alissa.Torres@ocfl.net.

WORKPLACE RESOURCES 5 Steps to Prove Your Committed to Diversity— With Your Job Listing 6 Things to Never Say (or Do) to Your Disabled Co-worker 9 (Free!) Online Classes for Managers Who Care About Diversity and Inclusion Beyond Compliance: Recruitment and Retention of Underrepresented Populations to Achieve Higher Positions in Local Government (ICMA) Diversity as a Second Job Evidence That Gendered Wording in Job Advertisements Exists and Sustains Gender Inequality Five Simple Ways to Be a Better Male Ally Google, Amazon, and the State of California All Banned This 1 Interview Question. Here Are 3 to Ask Instead. Here’s Evidence That the Glass Ceiling and Gender Wage Gap are Real How Professionals of Color Say They Counter Bias at Work How To Take Gender Bias Out Of Your Job Ads Women Have Little Margin for Error Why Asking About Current Pay Is the New Taboo for Prospective Employers

APA RESOURCES APA Diversity Resources APA Ambassador outreach program Evolution of Inclusivity in Planning Projects (APA Learn) PAS Report 593: Planning With Diverse Communities Queer and the Conversation: the Ethics of Inclusion (APA Planning Webcast. Free for APA Florida members. 1.5 ETHICS CM)


FEMALE By: Kim Ogren

Kim Ogren sat down with Silvia Vargas, AICP, LEED-AP, for a wide-ranging discussion about women in the planning profession. Their conversation explored Silvia’s personal experience in the profession, as well her participation in APA leadership positions that aim to address gender issues in the field. She belongs to Urban Land Institute’s Women’s Leadership Initiative, mentors young women interested in planning, and has participated in many programs on the subject. Silvia currently works for Florida-based Calvin, Giordano & Associates, Inc. She is an AICP Commissioner for Region III and chaired the AICP College of Fellows Committee for 3 years. WHY DOES GENDER MATTER TO THE PROFESSION? Women are about half of the world’s population. Why should we not be about half of the profession? WHY DOES GENDER MATTER IN THE COMMUNITIES WHERE WE WORK? I love this quote: “We cannot be what we cannot see.” In order to see, we have to internalize those different viewpoints, those “other” experiences of the world. We are slowly coming to a better understanding of the many ways in continued on page 14

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which men and women interact differently with the built environment which, has been mostly planned, designed, and built by men. The United Nations (UN) has adopted a “gender mainstreaming” strategy to promote gender equality within the UN system. It requires a wholistic approach to considering gender-based perspectives into all activities within the UN. European cities have adapted this approach. Here’s an article on it. YOU’VE WORKED EXTENSIVELY OVER 25-YEAR CAREER IN A VARIETY OF COMMUNITIES, AROUND ENGAGEMENT AND PLACEMAKING. CAN YOU OFFER OBSERVATIONS ABOUT THE UNIQUE LENS YOU BROUGHT TO YOUR WORK? I’ve worked in more than 80 different communities, at various planning scales. For maybe 15 of those years, I honestly didn’t reflect a lot on the factors that may have made my perspective unique; I just did my job with as much love as I could, and hoped that’d made the difference. Lately, though, I’ve come to realize that the three lenses that I tried to ignore all those years, for reasons too complicated to get into, have, together, uniquely colored my journey as a professional, and my perspective on the exercise of my profession. Worse, I always somehow thought that being a woman, being Latina, and being an immigrant were separate facets of me, but as I matured I came to accept that they are inextricably combined and connected to the way I’ve experienced being a planner; to how I think about communities, and particularly to how I practice public engagement to ensure that every voice is given an opportunity to be heard. Now I embrace these experiences, and shamelessly leverage them to (I hope) be a better planner! THANKS TO A FOCUS ON THE SUBJECT, THERE IS AN INCREASED UNDERSTANDING THAT PLANNING WITH A GENDER PERSPECTIVE NOT ONLY BENEFITS WOMEN, BUT ALSO HELPS TO IMPROVE THE LIVING CONDITIONS OF ALL PEOPLE LIVING COMMUNITIES. WHERE DO YOU THINK THE PROFESSION IS GETTING THINGS RIGHT WITH REGARD TO IMPACT ON EQUITY IN COMMUNITIES? I think that the steps that APA members took at NPC19 on the topics of diversity, inclusion and equity are steps in the right direction, in particular the adoption of the new Social Equity Policy Guide and all the underlying and ongoing efforts. And there are so many planners and related professionals, who are doing amazing things out in the world, as I witnessed at NPC19, such as 2019 National Planning Excellence Award winner Carolina Martinez, policy director at Environmental Health Coalition (EHC), who deservedly received the award for Advancing Diversity & Social Change in Honor of Paul Davidoff for her work with the residents of the Old Town neighborhood of National City, Calif.!

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YOU RECENTLY SPOKE ON A WEBINAR FOR THE WOMEN IN PLANNING DIVISION (WHICH JUST TURNED 40!) THE ROAD TO FAICP: AND ON A PANEL AT NPC – BOTH ADDRESSING GENDER PARITY. CAN YOU GIVE US SOME HIGHLIGHTS? We may need to better define the context for “planner demographics” here. Are we comparing against the universe of planners? Planners who are AICP? As for the College of Fellows itself, the composition is evolving, and the diversity is improving every cycle, but there is a long way to go. Today, only 22 percent of the college’s 636 inductees are women, whereas approximately 43 percent of planners are women, according to the APA 2018 Planners Salary Survey. And we need to continue to strive for parity - not just in gender but all kinds of diversity. There are purposeful strategies being pursued. For example, APA’s Women and Planning Division has a goal to reach parity in the number of women by 2040, but that will require inducting about 10 women more than men every cycle between now and then. HOW IS FLORIDA MEASURING UP? The Florida Chapter does very well in terms of its induction rate, and it is in part because Florida has established a tremendously effective nominee mentoring system. That said, our Chapter today has 49 Fellows, of which 10 are women.



As communities across the state and the nation continue to grow and become more diverse, so too must the planning profession evolve and recognize the importance of creating plans that are diverse and inclusive. There are a host of issues that APA has tackled over the years in an effort to solidify its policy on Social Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. As far back as 1992 following the Los Angeles riots, APA began its Agenda for America’s Communities program and shortly thereafter published a 1994 article, Planning and Community Equity. In the article, APA defined equity as “the expansion of opportunities for betterment that are available to those communities most in need of them, creating more choices who have few.” Since that time, there has been additional efforts by APA and several chapters and divisions committed to diversity and inclusion and who all have a formal policy or strategy. Some of the more recent efforts include developing the Planning for Equity Policy Guide and the Planning for Inclusiveness and Social Justice track during NPC18 in New Orleans and the Plan4Equity Forum during NPC19 in San Francisco. This is part of a larger effort by APA to demonstrate its commitment to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion, which during the recent Delegates Assembly made history with the landmark adoption of the Planning for Equity Policy Guide. Unfortunately, APA Florida is lagging behind and we need to catch up! While the APA Florida Chapter members may be involved in diversity and inclusion initiatives individually, as a chapter, we do not have an official statewide diversity and inclusion policy or strategy. So, that is why APA Florida President Laura Everitt, AICP, LEED GA, appointed a 12-member organizational Diversity and Inclusion Committee to begin the process to develop a diversity and inclusion framework for Florida. This committee will be chaired by myself and the Vice Chair will be Alissa Barber Torres, AICP, Ph.D., CLTD. As Alissa mentions in her article in this issue of Florida Planning, Developing a Diverse and Inclusive Planning Workforce, the AICP Code of Ethics urges us “increase the opportunities of members of underrepresented groups” and that we “plan for the needs of the disadvantaged and to promote racial and economic integration.” The APA Florida Diversity and Inclusion Committee will be meeting over the next several months to formulate an initial organizational strategy outline that will guide the research

and discussions in order to develop a Diversity and Inclusion Policy. We welcome your comments and participation to advance this very important initiative. More updates will follow with ways that you can get involved. In the meantime, if you have questions or want to share your ideas or research on the topic of diversity and inclusion, you can contact me by email at pastpresident@floridaplanning.org. Andre Anderson is the Immediate Past President of APA Florida and Chair of the APA Florida Diversity and Inclusion Committee. He serves on the Membership Sub-committee of the APA Chapter President’s Council, is an APA Ambassador, and is a member of the APA Planners’ Advocacy Network. He is also the Planning and Zoning Director for the City of St. Cloud, FL with more than 30 years of experience at the state and local levels of government and in the private sector.

DIVERSITY – INCLUSION – EQUITY: WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN? Merriam-Webster defines these terms in the following way: Diversity: The condition of having or being composed of differing elements. Inclusion: The act of including. Equity: Freedom from bias or favoritism. But what do these terms mean in the workplace? Diversity is really about having a group of employees who are different from one another. APA defines diversity as a concept which encompasses, but is not limited to, gender, race, sexuality, ability, educational attainment, class, age, nationality, ethnicity, veteran status, spiritual belief, culture, tribal affiliation, immigration status, political belief, etc. Inclusion is about individuals with diverse identities feeling that they are valued and welcome within a given setting. In the workplace, it is about creating environments where all employees feel respected, valued, and supported. It is possible to have a diverse workforce without having an inclusive workplace. Equity is fair treatment for all people. It is an acknowledgement that we don’t all start with the same advantages and disadvantages. Equity is an approach of ensuring that we all have the same opportunities no matter our advantages or disadvantages. -- Laura Everitt, AICP, LEED GA, Esq. Spring 2019 / Florida Planning 15

By: Lynn E. Merenda

How Hillsborough’s High School Students Have FLIPPED Over Potential Planning Careers

In 2015, our Planning Commissioners challenged us to broaden our public education program with the intent of increasing our community presence and an understanding of what Plan Hillsborough does. With much of our public engagement already receiving awards and best practice recognition at the regional, state, and national levels, we challenged ourselves to give back to the community – especially in communities of concern – even when we were not in an outreach project phase. And, since so many planners are not exposed to the career until making graduate education choices, we made it our mission to expose students to our profession in high school. Our Future Leaders in Planning (FLiP) program is designed to introduce high school students in grades 9, 10, and 11 (12 if space available) to planning as a potential career. Selected students embark on tours on foot, bus, streetcar, and boat to experience a variety of speakers, presentations, and hands-on planning activities to gain a broad exposure to planning. Think big but start small. We launched FLiP 2016 with nine students for a two-day program. FLiP 2017 added a day of programming and doubled the number of students participating. FLiP 2018 grew to 21 students for four days of programming. Highlights include: • Walking tours of award-winning Tampa Riverwalk, WaterWorks Park, and Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park • Tampa International Airport economic development, sustainability and master plan, plus behind the scenes baggage-handling tour 16 Spring 2019 / Florida Planning

• University of South Florida – campus master plan and sustainability walking tour, CUTR and MURP educational pathways & more • HART MetroRapid and Tampa Streetcar rides, plus a streetcar expansion study presentation (1st time for many on public transit!) • City of Plant City - planning for a small city and presentations and walking tour • Environmental Protection Commission air, water, wetlands, and waste division talks with tours of air, benthic, and chemistry labs • Port Tampa Bay master plan and economic development boat tour • MacDill Air Force Base planning – presented by base planner and Planning Commissioner Tony Rodriguez • Historic Ybor City: Then, Now and Tomorrow walking tour • ULI Tampa Bay Building Healthy Communities presentation & interactive planning exercise for Ybor City To encourage participation and inclusivity for students of all backgrounds, FLiP is FREE for participants. Our first step was to find the right partners. Our initial partner, Hillsborough County Public Schools, has direct access to the student body and provides transportation to destinations beyond our public transportation system. ULI continued on page 17


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Tampa Bay shared an interest in expanding their student education programming locally. Over the years, they’ve supplied a fantastic interactive planning program, books, FLiP T-shirts, and even meals for the students. The APA Florida Sun Coast Section and private planning firms have also sponsored student meals. This year, we are welcoming an additional FLiP sponsor - Kisinger Campo & Associates. FLiP has been a huge success in the eyes of students and parents, who attend the closing planning activity presentation for the student teams. Parents and staff are always impressed with how much the students learn in just a few days. The students evaluate the program, rating every phase and commenting on if they are now considering a career in planning. We’ve received many thank you notes and feedback that we are changing the course of these students’ lives. The best part is, each now knows what a comprehensive plan and a long-range transportation plan is, and that all citizens can be actively engaged in the planning process, regardless of their educational or career pursuits. Learn more about the FLiP program, video, and pictures linked at: planhillsborough.org/flip Lynn Merenda is the Community Relations Coordinator for Plan Hillsborough. She can be reached at merendal@plancom.org.

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Planning with Autism in Mind: A Six Feelings Framework By: Kyle Ezell, AICP CUD

Editor’s note: This article is republished with permission from APA’s blog.

According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network, one in 59 children lived with autism in 2014, up from one in 150 in 2000. Autism’s increasing • Feel clear – prevalence calls for The public realm planners to plan and makes sense and design the public realm is not confusing. in ways that improve the • Feel private – quality of life for people The public realm with autism. offers boundaries The latest Planning and provides retreat. Advisory Service (PAS) • Feel safe – Memo discusses how The public realm planners — working diminishes the risk together with people of being injured. with autism — can help • Feel calm – The create environments public realm mitigates where individuals with physical sensory issues autism can thrive. The associated with autism. PAS Memo, which • Read “Autism resulted from an Ohio Planning and Design State University City Guidelines 1.0” to learn and Regional Planning more about the “Six research project, Feelings Framework,” conceptualizes a “Six the research process Feelings Framework” for Sketch of redesigned retail parking lots and protocol, and OSU using the Six Feelings the public realm. Framework. Image by Alex Blankenship. planning students’ When an adult with interpretation of autism is using public the framework. spaces or infrastructure, planning and design implementations should APPLYING THE RESEARCH make him or her: Ohio State students continue to visualize • Feel connected – The public realm is easily infrastructure designs including (but not limited to) reached, entered, and leads to destinations. wayfinding, sidewalks, parking lots, and parks that meet the spirit of the “Six Feelings Framework.” • Feel free – The public realm offers Students Safa Saleh and Alex Blankenship are relative autonomy and the desired spectrum of independence. continued on page 19

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applying the framework to commercial and campus settings. Saleh’s work focuses on a redesign of an important section of Ohio State’s campus, retrofitting the pedestrian experience around the six feelings. “I work with kids with autism who need clearer wayfinding than do neurotypical users.” Saleh said. “Clarity, connectivity, and freedom are front and center feelings I hope the users experience.” Blankenship is redesigning the Polaris retail area in north Columbus, Ohio. “I’m employing the framework to reimagine parking lots that feature eight-foot sidewalks between each parking row,” Blankenship explained. “The new parking lot focuses on evoking feelings of clarity, safety, and of being easily connected as users move from their cars to their destinations.” In Chicago, OSU student Michael Kaufman’s designs combine mobile technology with simple amendments to existing public infrastructure to assist adults with autism in navigating Chicago’s massive public transit network. “The experience I’m creating with the framework attempts to mitigate triggers, such as loud sounds, personal space, and stress associated with orientation and

navigation, that impact feelings of freedom, safety, clarity, calmness, privacy, and connectedness.” Athens, Ohio, is incorporating the research in its comprehensive plan update. “The Six Feelings Framework is helpful for planners to understand the core needs of the autism community,” said Paul Logue, AICP. “As people with autism should feel free, clear, private, safe, calm, and connected in Athens’s public realm, incorporating this framework into our plan can improve the city for all users.” Interested in learning more or working with planners focused on this issue? Contact Kyle Ezell, AICP CUD, and consider joining APA’s new Planning with Underserved Populations Interest Group. LEARN MORE Read “When Every Day Is Sensory Overload” in the October 2018 issue of Planning magazine. Kyle Ezell, AICP CUD, is a professor of practice at The Ohio State University’s Knowlton School’s City and Regional Planning program, owner of Ezell Planning and Design, LTD, and an administrator of the American Planning Association’s Planning for Underserved Populations Interest Group.

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The Need to Integrate: Municipal Planning and Climate Action By Ben Siwinski and Kari Hewitt


ities have been leading the way on climate change action for well over a decade as they’ve become more aware of their contributions to global warming. In light of this, a new frontier of opportunity and responsibility has emerged for planners to work with cities seeking to reduce CO2 emissions and switch to clean energy sources. Florida is an especially rich environment for planners as its cities respond to threats related to climate change, most notably sea level rise and intensifying storms. More than 40 Florida mayors have taken the “Ready for 100” pledge to transition their cities to 100 percent clean energy, an ambitious goal that will inform all planning activities within those cities. But they’re not only focusing on downsizing their carbon footprints. Many cities are integrating climate mitigation and adaptation into comprehensive sustainability planning efforts that emphasize equity, livability, and long-term resiliency for their communities. An example of the climate action and comprehensive sustainability planning is the St. Petersburg Integrated Sustainability Action Plan (ISAP), a project that the City Council recently approved for implementation. Like other sustainability and resiliency efforts, St. Petersburg’s is wide-ranging in scope, granular in detail, and aspirational in vision. Collaboration was key to developing such a potentially impactful document, as it required input from not only city leaders and staff, but utility providers, business owners, community leaders and a diverse set of residents.

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The ISAP process included the city’s first Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions inventory, critical to understanding priority sectors to target in GHG reductions and in the transition to clean energy. Cooperation from city departments and St. Petersburg’s utility provider was crucial to the thoroughness and accuracy of the GHG emissions inventory. The ISAP also included development of the city’s first Clean Energy Roadmap, a strategic plan for making the switch to 100 percent clean energy by 2035. In 2016, St. Petersburg became the first city in Florida to commit to completely ending its use of fossil fuels for power. Earlier this year, Bloomberg Philanthropies named Orlando and St. Petersburg as the only two Florida cities among the 25 winners of its American Cities Climate Challenge. All honorees will receive $2.5 million in technical assistance to accelerate their plans. Each of these communities represent local leadership that will be essential to tackling this global climate crisis. With the global war on climate change being waged locally, planners will be in great demand to guide municipalities to integrate a just, sustainable transition to clean energy, and resiliency into every facet of municipal plans and policies. Ben Siwinski is the Managing Director of VHB’s Tampa and Sarasota offices. Kari Hewitt is VHB’s Director of Sustainability. Ben and Kari worked with the City of St. Petersburg in the development of its ISAP.



If you read your emails and other material from APA, you may have heard about the launch of the new online education initiative, APA Learn. This is the first major step in an overall refresh and revamp of APA’s Education Program and puts the best content from National and – eventually – Chapter conferences right at your fingertips. APA launched APA Learn last November with nearly 400 course topics that span the planning discipline, creating the largest online library of planning education. Since the launch there have been more than 4,300 unique visitors who are able to earn Certification Maintenance credits conveniently by use of a smart phone, tablet or using their desktop. The course topics come from highly attended and rated sessions at the National Planning Conference over the last several years. The cost for content offerings is minimal - $20 for members – and there is a group pricing option available. EDUCATION COMMITTEE – BLUEPRINT FOR APA EDUCATION APA Learn grew out of the work of APA staff and member volunteers who comprise the Education Committee. In 2017, APA formed the Education Committee first as a task force to examine how APA delivers all its education outside of the National Planning Conference and made it a full standing committee a year later to develop an Education Blueprint and support its on-going implementation. The Blueprint addresses the roles

and responsibilities and oversight needed to successfully run an education enterprise. Content and product recommendations are included to provide guidance on the education portfolio that offers a continuum of education across the lifetime of a planner’s career. This would include learning levels for content and the concept of micro-credentialing, which would enable recognition of advanced training in specialty areas within the field of planning. Earlier this year the Blueprint was presented to the APA Board, Commission, Divisions Council Executive Committee and the Chapter Presidents’ Executive Committee for review and comments. The feedback was incorporated into the final Blueprint and presented to the APA Board for approval on April 12, 2019. After Board adoption, the committee will begin building a workplan to incorporate steps to carrying out the recommendations in this Blueprint. Building on the work the Education Committee already completed on learning levels, the committee will lead the development and implementation of APA-produced education using identified learning levels. FURTHER CONTENT DEVELOPMENT Building upon the content offerings included in the launch of APA Learn, work is underway for phase two of implementing more learning opportunities and building APA’s catalog offerings. APA is developing a series of management and leadership training courses continued on page 22

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in a uniquely engaging education format. These courses will be offering a combination of soft skill development courses, including communication, project management, and supervisory mentoring and development. The goal is to launch these new courses sometime this summer. COLLABORATIVE BUSINESS MODEL FOR CHAPTER AND DIVISION CONTENT At the same time, APA began phase three to develop a business model to incorporate component education and revenue sharing within APA Learn. This is being tested as a pilot program with the California Chapter to include recordings from their annual meeting in APA Learn’s catalog. This content would be purchasable through APA Learn and a portion of the purchase price would be returned to the California Chapter. APA intends to launch this pilot program in June 2019, and based on that experience, eventually expand it to other chapters throughout the organization. Recognizing that chapters and divisions create valuable educational content, the Blueprint calls for APA to develop a collaborative model for content development and dissemination through APA Learn. Working together, APA and chapters or divisions could identify gaps in the education catalog and build a system allowing divisions and chapters to collaborate with the APA education staff to develop recorded or interactive courses hosted within APA Learn. To explore that collaboration, APA created several questions for consideration by chapters and divisions as it develops a business model to support the development and dissemination of component education: • How could we work together to identify needed educational topics of value to your members? • How would we collaborate on the development of educational products/content that can be hosted within APA Learn? • How would this development of products/content be added to your performance evaluation? • How would you involve your membership in the development of educational products/content? These are exciting developments on the path to strengthen APA as the premier provider of education content important to planners, planning commissioners and allied professionals with an interest in planning topics. Whit Blanton, FAICP, is executive director of Forward Pinellas, and served as chair of the APA Education Committee from 2017 to 2019. He can be reached at wblanton@co.pinellas.fl.us.

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WANT TO LEARN MORE ON DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION? YOUR MEMBERSHIP PROVIDES YOU WITH FREE OR REDUCED FEE ACCESS TO THE FOLLOWING MATERIALS FROM APA: APA Learn (with CM Credits and group discounts for 5+learners) (https://learn.planning.org/catalog/) • Diversity and Inclusion Training Series • Fostering Social Equity and Inclusive Growth Series • Actively Engaging Latinos in Planning • Community Outreach through Student Engagement • Engagement Strategies for Hard-to-Reach Communities • Evolution of Inclusivity in Planning Projects • Inclusive Food Economy: Greater than Access • Inclusive Growth: Beyond Affordable Housing • LGBTQ Prides: Tool for Urban Revitalization? • Queer and the Conversation: Full Inclusion Planners Advisory Service (www.planning.org/pas/) (free and downloadable) • Planning with Diverse Communities (PAS Report) • Planning Aging-Supportive Communities (PAS Report) • Autism Planning and Design Guidelines (PAS Memo) • Planning for Equitable Development: Social Equity by Design (PAS Memo) • Inclusive Growth (PAS QuickNotes) • Using Online Tools for Public Engagement (PAS QuickNotes) APA Podcasts (www.planning.org/multimedia/podcasts) (free, on-demand) • People Behind The Plans: Nina Idemudia, AICP – Nina shares her passion for community engagement and talks about the surprising roadblocks that prevents residents from participating in the planning process and the simple ways planners can address these problems. • People Behind The Plans: Mitch Silver, FAICP – Silver thinks parks more than just green spaces – much, much more. While he makes it his mission to understand how people use these urban spaces, he also aims to ensure that children, adults, seniors and everyone in between have access to quality parks. APA Divisions (www.planning.org/divisions/) Divisions are APA communities with shared interests. Membership gives planners opportunities to discuss ideas, contribute to national policy work, develop conference sessions, build partnerships and more. Membership fee required. • LGBTQ and Planning • Latinos and Planning • Planning and the Black Community • Women and Planning • Tribal Planning Interest



Quint Studer, Mikael Colville-Andersen, Mitchell J. Silver, FAICP

QUINT STUDER Quint Studer is a businessman, a visionary, an entrepreneur, a mentor to many, and extremely dedicated to the Northwest Florida community. He has given his life to designing the building blocks for people and organizations that guide them to achieving and sustaining high performance. Quint and his wife, Rishy, moved to Pensacola in 1996 and have not been afraid to invest in its future. He headquartered Studer Group in Pensacola, FL and Quint has now moved into the role of community volunteer and head of the Studer Community Institute, a nonprofit, research-based entity started in 2014 with the goal of improving the quality of life in the community. SCI’s efforts focus on improving education and economic development through two tracks: Research and advocacy in early childhood education, and leadership training and employee development for small and medium-sized businesses. Quint and Rishy have also dedicated themselves to the growth of downtown Pensacola. They are the owners of Bodacious Olive, Bodacious Brew and SoGourmet on the historic corner of Palafox and Main St. The Studers have two exciting projects under construction – Southtowne, a 252-unit, $52 million apartment opening this fall and retail project and the mixed-use Urban Core Office Building, a $14.3 million structure set to open at the end of the year. Quint and Rishy are also the co-owners of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos alongside two-time Masters Champion and local hero

Bubba Watson. With this partnership, Bubba and the Studers hope to create even more memorable experiences for Wahoos fans, cultivate a great place for Wahoos employees to work and, with Bubba’s leadership, gain a more national and international awareness for the Blue Wahoos and the City of Pensacola. Quint has also authored seven leadership-based books both inside and outside the healthcare industry. His books have landed on both the Wall Street Journal and Business Week’s bestsellers list. He writes a syndicated weekly employee development column that runs every Sunday in the Pensacola News Journal. Quint says he has a human responsibility to act and to do so with a sense of urgency and always connect his actions back to purpose.

MIKAEL COLVILLEANDERSEN Mikael Colville-Andersen has been working passionately to transform and improve cities for over a decade. He founded Copenhagenize Design Company in 2007 and has since worked tirelessly on urban planning projects for cities around the world. A much sought-after speaker, Mikael has given his inspirational keynotes in over 100 cities, combining his many urban philosophies with his work experience in cities in entertaining and thought-provoking presentations. Mikael is best known for his philosophy about simplifying urban planning and urban cycling and how we should be designing our cities and streets instead of relying on traffic engineering. Using continued on page 24

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design - a human-to-human process - to make better the urban landscape will get more results quicker and teaming design up with anthropology, sociology and transport psychology first will ensure effective urban transformation. His book Copenhagenize - the definitive guide to global bicycle urbanism, which was published in April 2018, sums up over a decade of his thinking, analysing and efforts to force urban change using the bicycle as the most effective tool in our urban toolboxes. He is currently hosting a global television series about urbanism called The Life-Sized City where he curates great ideas and experiences from cities around the world. Is it clear that Mikael’s fresh approach to talking about urbanism in general and bicycle urbanism in particular have made it difficult to put him in a specific category. He has been called many things in an attempt to describe what he does and how he does it. The Canadian newspaper La Presse dubbed him “The Pope of Urban Cycling“ and many newspapers have continued to use it. The Guardian has thrown “the Richard Dawkins of cycling“ and “the Sartorialist on Two Wheels” into the mix while “Tom Cruise/Bieber/Rock Star of urban cycling…” have also been employed. As has “The Modern Day Jane Jacobs“. Mikael continues to rewrite the playbook about how to inspire, provoke and engage people about the future of urbanism in our cities. Mikael has contributed greatly to improving the narrative around urban cycling and the needs of the citizens if we are to put the bikes back in our cities. Among the words and catch phrases he has coined are; cycle chic, copenhagenize, bicycle urbanism, citizen cyclist, viking biking, the slow bicycle movement, the arrogance of space and many more. Mikael has spent more than 10 years focusing on bicycle urbanism and will continue to do so but he can now broaden his scope to include other aspects of urban development and citizen engagement. There is so much more work to be done in urban design, economic development, public transport, equity, physical and mental health. Mikael is an energetic and passionate partner for projects large and small.

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MITCHELL J. SILVER, FAICP Mitchell J. Silver became Commissioner of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation in May 2014. Commissioner Silver is also the immediate past president of the American Planning Association (APA). He is an award-winning planner with over 30 years of experience and he is internationally recognized for his leadership in the planning profession and his contributions to contemporary planning issues. He specializes in comprehensive planning, place making and implementation strategies. As Parks Commissioner, Mitchell Silver oversees management, planning and operations of nearly 30,000 acres of parkland, which includes parks, playgrounds, beaches, marinas, recreation centers, wilderness areas and other assets. Prior to returning to his native New York City as Parks Commissioner, he served as the Chief Planning & Development Officer and Planning Director for Raleigh, NC. His career has included roles as a policy and planning director for New York City’s Department of Planning, a principal of a New York City-based planning firm, a town manager in New Jersey, and deputy planning director in Washington, DC. One of the nation’s most celebrated urban thinkers, Commissioner Silver has been elected to Planetizen’s list of the 100 Most Influential Urbanists (2017). When Mayor Bill de Blasio named Mitchell Silver as New York City’s Parks Commissioner, he called him “a visionary.” The Mayor went on to say: “He has a passion for fairness and equality, and he brings it to the work of government, and understands that we have to ensure that parks and open spaces are available in every community, and are well-maintained in every community in this city.”

2019 MOBILE TOURS THE EMERALD COAST SECTION IS EXCITED TO HOST APA FLORIDA’S ANNUAL CONFERENCE IN SANDESTIN AND HAS SELECTED A FULL SLATE OF MOBILE TOURS THAT SHOWCASE THE PLANNING WORK AND LOCAL LANDMARKS FOR WHICH THIS AREA IS WELL KNOWN. PENSACOLA ALL DAY: URBANISM, HISTORY AND AIR POWER Lunch with the Blue Angels, you say? OK, we say! Tour historic Naval Air Station Pensacola and the National Naval Aviation Museum, to pay tribute to Pensacola’s naval aviation history. During lunch tourgoers will get an opportunity to watch the thrilling Blue Angels practice (weather permitting). Afterward, we will join local planners for a fun walking tour of historic and newly-vibrant downtown Pensacola-where history meets urbanism, capitalizing on cultural heritage. GREEN BY DESIGN: THE COMMUNITIES OF FLORIDA’S ECOCOAST As green design comes to the forefront of master planning, traditional resort towns such as Seaside, Rosemary Beach, and Alys Beach offer valuable lessons. These towns are known as models for compact, walkable, and diverse neighborhoods, but they are also among the few built explicitly environmental communities, incorporating and implementing green development practices before they were popular or required by regulation. PANAMA CITY HURRICANE RECOVERY EFFORTS Welcome to the City of Panama City! Explore this unique historic waterfront downtown and explore both the devastation and opportunity provided by Hurricane Michael. Learn about the unique grassroots effort, Panama City Growing Strong, that was underway prior to the hurricane and how the City leadership melded hurricane devastation and a grassroots planning effort into an opportunity to rethink the urban design of the downtown area. NOKUSE PLANTATION TOUR Nokuse Plantation is a 53,000-acre private nature preserve located in Walton County. It is the largest private conservation project east of the Mississippi River. Northwest Florida has long been recognized for its environmental wealth. It is an ecological “hot-spot”, a geographic area that hosts an unusually high concentration of plants,

animals, and natural communities. However, much of the natural ecosystems of northwest Florida have been destroyed by agriculture, silviculture, and urban and residential development and many species that were once common are now rare, threatened or endangered. Nokuse Plantation was established by M.C. Davis in 2000 to preserve, protect, and restore a critical part of Florida’s unique natural landscape. ART, CULTURE AND PLACE Dive deep into the Walton County art scene on this art studio tour along Scenic Highway 30A to learn how the new urbanism fosters, preserves and protects the arts to create a vibrant sense of community. Talk with the landlords and town policy makers who create policies to keep artists in place. Learn how new urbanist town planning integrates the cultural components that support thriving artistic businesses with staying power that foster healthy community growth. 30A COASTAL DUNE LAKE TOUR Learn about coastal ecosystem management and Walton County’s rare Coastal Dune Lakes. These lakes only occur in a few places in the world and South Walton is home to 15 of them. Learn about the unique characteristics of these dune lakes, including their importance in providing wildlife habitats and ecosystem services, and the overall value to the surrounding community – such as aesthetics, ecotourism, and recreation. HURLBURT FIELD TOUR Welcome to the home of the nation’s Air Commandos! Get an insiders tour of Hurlburt AFB and get up close and personal with some our nation’s finest special operators. Participants will tour the base and get briefed on base operations with talks from base planners on coordination with local communities. Includes talks from Eglin Air Force, Whiting Field, and Hurlburt Field base planners on coordination with local communities including economic development initiatives and the development and implementation of the Tri-County Small Area Study and Joint Land Use Study. CHOCTAWHATCHEE BAY ECO TOUR Join the Choctawhatchee Basin Alliance Monitoring Coordinator in an interactive tour of 2 to 3 project sites within the Santa Rosa Beach community. The discussion will include living shoreline project techniques and materials utilized in a public setting, such as a living shoreline and self-guided nature trail implemented at Eden Garden State Park. The tour will also highlight implications of public partnerships and site use, as well as the importance of educational outreach at the sites and throughout the surrounding community. Spring 2019 / Florida Planning 25

Member Spotlight Q&A:

Lara Bouck , AICP, P.E.

Where are you originally from? I am originally from Miami, FL. Since then, I’ve lived in Chicago (Evanston really), Tallahassee, Tampa, Boston and now Orlando. I keep foraying into the wintry north and then sprinting back to the warmth when I come to my senses! What college/university did you attend? For graduate school, I attended Florida State University, where I earned an M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning, with concentrations in Transportation and Growth Management. Go ‘Noles! For undergrad, I attended Northwestern University and earned a B.S. in Materials Science Engineering. What is your current position? I’m currently a Senior Transportation Planner at H.W. Lochner What is your current and any past positions in APA Florida and/or APA National? I’m currently the APA Florida Secretary. This is my first time on the state board and I haven’t yet had any positions with APA National or served on any committees. I previously served on the Orlando Metro Section Board, first as a Director-at-Large and then as 1st Vice-President. What you would be doing now if you hadn’t chosen the planning profession? The practical side of me says I would be in a lab somewhere using that degree in Materials Engineering and doing research in the medical field. The fun side says I’d be either a travel agent or food critic. Are you a member in other planning or non-planning boards, committees or organizations? Not at the moment. I served on the WTS Central Florida Board for several years, most recently as Treasurer, but have cut down on my commitments to free up time to work with my husband on our latest endeavor – opening a brewery!

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Would you like to share anything about your family? My husband Geno and I are tag-teaming raising our son Miles (who is 4) and preparing for a new little one who will arrive on the scene in June. We’re also in the middle of “birthing” our third baby, Genetic Brewery which will open late Spring/early Summer. Look us up if you’re ever in the Lake Mary area (just north of Orlando). Your first drink is free if you can pass a short AICP ethics quiz. What are your hobbies and interests? I am contractually obligated to list beer drinking first. I also love traveling, distance running (when I’m not gestating) and trying new restaurants. Do you have any advice to new graduates in your field or career tips? Take on as many different types of projects as you can handle and ask LOTS of questions – embrace opportunities to find out what you’re really great at and what makes you excited to go to work in the morning. And PLEASE get out there and meet people in the industry – ours is surprisingly small and knowing the right person to answer a question or share a best practice can sometimes be half the battle … and you never know when you’ll make a new friend! What have you gained or learned by being a member in APA Florida or as a member of the APA Florida Executive Committee? I’ve been on the Board for a little more 6 months now and already feel like I know SIGNIFICANTLY more about the benefits of being both an APA member and an APA Florida member. I think most of us know about the benefits of the networking at APA Florida events, and we appreciate the access to CM credits (online and at events) – but that’s really just the tip of the iceberg! Serving on the APA Florida Executive Committee has opened my eyes to the breadth of excellent content on both the statewide and national websites AND to the wonderful events that are going on around the state. I encourage everyone to do some browsing on the florida. planning.org to see what’s available and to check out the event opportunities – you never know when your work travel might line up with a really worthwhile event! Anything else you would like us to know about you? Did I mention my husband and I are opening a brewery? #shamelessplug. Please look up Genetic Brewing on Facebook, Instagram or our website at www.genetic.beer for our address and to stay in the loop about the grand opening in late spring/ early summer!

2 Hellos, 2 Goodbyes WELCOME! WELCOME TO THE TEAM, DENISE! Denise Johns-Smith is the new chapter Administrative Assistant/ Bookkeeper. She brings with her decades of experience in office management and bookkeeping. Her desire is to serve Florida and assist in its planning and development while enhancing its beauty. Denise was born in Philadelphia and moved to Fort Lauderdale at the age of 18 and instantly called Florida her new home. Her hobbies are fishing, hiking, and kayaking. Denise is a volunteer for Samaritan’s Purse U.S. Disaster Relief Team. Denise and husband Randy are parents of three children adopted through Florida Foster Care. When you call the chapter office next time, welcome Denise to the team! WELCOME GRAYSON TAYLOR! Hello, fellow planners. I’m Grayson Taylor and I’m the new intern with APA Florida. I am a graduate student with the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at Florida State University. Although I specialize in land use planning, I am just as interested in transportation and environmental planning, and the issues that connect them all. I was born in Greenville, S.C., and moved to Orange Park, Fla. when I was 13. I went on to attend Florida State University to receive a Bachelor of Science in International Affairs and History. After graduation, I moved to South Korea to teach English for two years. Now, I’ve returned to Tallahassee to pursue a Master of Science in Planning. My interests include traveling, trying new cuisines, spending time with friends, current events, social issues, and of course, planning. After returning from South Korea, I found myself even more fascinated by the built environment around us. It was then that I chose to work to improve our urban spaces by seeking a career in planning. This is also what has led me to APA Florida. After attending last year’s conference in West Palm Beach, and interacting with several APA Florida members, I saw how much the organization benefits the planning community. Now, I find myself in the incredible position of being an intern with APA Florida. Moving forward, I will be helping prepare for this year’s conference as well as several other projects that will enhance the planning process in Florida.

SORRY TO SEE YOU GO! TYLER GRIFFIN Working for APA Florida during my time in graduate school has been an amazing opportunity, allowing me a more in-depth perspective on planning within Florida. I had the opportunity to work on the CDC-funded Plan4HealthyFL initiative, which would bring public health professionals and land-use planners together to plan healthier communities throughout the Sunshine State. Through this, I was able to broaden, and really dig into my interests both as a planner, and a lifelong Floridian. And getting hands-on, behind-the-scenes experience in organizing the Annual Conference last autumn, I was better able to appreciate how much work and how many moving parts are required to host such an extensive event each year. I will most miss the women that I have worked with in my time as an intern. I felt welcomed onto the staff immediately, and always felt valued both as an intern, and for the work I helped to produce. Soon I will be moving to the Fort Myers area to work as a planner for the Lee County Community Development and Planning Department, where I’ll mainly be working in comprehensive planning and zoning. Working with APA Florida highlighted the importance of ground-level work with the community, and how small interactions with residents can impact a community. I’m excited to take what I have learned, and the interactions I’ve had at APA Florida, and apply them to my new position. AMANDA PICKLES Thank you, APA Florida, for an incredible 4.5 years. I’m so thankful for the lifelong friendships I made during my time. It’s been great working with you all, and I’ve learned so much throughout my time here. It’s always tough to say goodbye, but I just wanted you all to know how much I appreciate the vast range of opportunities and helpful guidance I’ve been given during my time with the association. Even though I will miss everyone, I’m looking forward to starting this next chapter in my career. I will be taking part in running our family business with my husband and am excited to see what the future holds. Thank you so much again! ~ Amanda Spring 2019 / Florida Planning 27



The Florida Chapter has been provided with four scholarship by APA to provide eligible members with an opportunity to take the biannual AICP exam at a reduced rate. This program was established to assist members who may defer taking or not participate in the AICP exam due to the cost. Our Vice President of Professional Development Officer Allison Megrath worked with eligible candidates and reports that all four scholarships have been awarded for the May exam. Good luck AICP candidates!

APA FLORIDA PARTNERS WITH THE FLORIDA HOUSING COALITION The issue of affordable housing is not only a nationwide issue, but also an important issue in Florida. Affordable housing solutions and awareness goes beyond the planning profession; therefore, working with other allied organizations involved with this issue is needed. APA Florida is now collaborating with the Florida Housing Coalition (FHC) to identify cross participation opportunities and share resources. Thank you to our members and staff who have already engaged in previous events on behalf of APA Florida. Be on the lookout for sessions on this topic at both APA Florida’s 2019 Annual Conference and the Florida Housing Coalition’s Affordable Housing Conference and in upcoming issues of Florida Planning. To learn more about APA’s initiative to reshape the way planning is used to address the affordable housing crisis, visit Planning Home at planning.org/home.


Did you know that as a chapter member you are provided with free study resources to assist you on your AICP certification? The Treasure Coast Section offers an extensive study group that members outside of the Treasure Coast Section can participate in. The section offers access to their recorded webcasts, study materials and study links. For more information, visit florida.planning.org/aicpprep or the chapter’s Professional Development Officer, Allison Megrath, at profdevelopment@floridaplanning.org.

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Nine Sections throughout Florida have been granted funds through the Chapter’s 2019 Non-Competitive Section Grant Cycle. The Section Grants Committee reviewed all applications and a total of $11,900 has been provided to these sections for events and programs in your local area. Upcoming projects include the Suncoast Section’s Transit Pop Up Event (with AIA) and Community Garden Project, the Emerald Coast Section’s Public Engagement Training Program, the Broward Section’s Legislative Luncheon, CPTED Tour and Trolley Tour just to name a few. Members are encouraged to stay updated with their local sections to participate in these great events.

HURRICANE MICHAEL RECOVERY HELP CONTINUES The effects of Hurricane Michael in our panhandle are still present as many communities continue to rebuild. Your chapter continues to provide assistance with both monetary donations and assistance. At the Executive Committee’s Annual Retreat held in February, all Section Chairs voted to donate a portion of their conference profit funds to the Emerald Coast and Capital Area Sections to provide a $900 donation to each section. To help other organizations also assisting in recovery efforts, a donation on behalf of APA Florida will be made to the Community Foundation of NW Florida. Beyond monetary assistance, APA Florida is exploring with other groups the development of a Peer & Expert Program to match subject matter experts within the chapter to partner with recovering communities to provide guidance, information and technical advice.

APA FLORIDA AIDS THE STATE IN DESIGNATING FLORIDA AS AN AGE-FRIENDLY COMMUNITY Florida is now the first state in the Sunbelt to be recognized as age friendly through the AARP Network of Age Friendly States and Communities program. A letter of support was provided for the state’s application noting that the goals of the AARP program to enhance the public health and wellbeing of our communities align


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with goals of APA Florida. This designation shows a commitment of elected state officials to making Florida livable for all ages. Various jurisdictions across our state are already part of the network; however, we are now one of only four states in the country to take the initiative to the state level.

CHAPTER LEADERSHIP GOES TO WORK AT NPC19 Executive Committee members embraced all that San Francisco has to offer at this year’s NPC19. Our President, Laura Everitt, participated in several national leadership meetings and represented our chapter at the Chapter Presidents Council meeting. Allison Megrath, our chapter PDO, and Jill Quigley, VP of Certification Maintenance, provided input on a variety of topics discussed at the Professional Development Officers meeting, attended by chapter PDOs nationwide. Additionally, Executive Director Alex Magee shared the Florida Chapter experiences and issues during the Chapter Administrators meeting. Attendees gave their time and expertise by participating on panels and in national committee meetings. A special thanks to Allison Megrath, Jill Quigley, Bob Massarelli, Andre Anderson and Alex Magee for serving as delegates at the annual delegates assembly. Our members attended many activities and sessions to learn more on topics to bring back to Florida for our members and communities. Getting involved is what our Chapter is all about!

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PLANNERS ON THE MOVE JACOBS MOVES TO ALACHUA COUNTY PLANNING DEPARTMENT Angeline Jacobs recently accepted a new position as Planner with Alachua County. She was formerly a Senior Public Housing Specialist with the Alachua County Housing Authority. Spring 2019 / Florida Planning 29

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Published by the Florida Chapter, American Planning Association, the Florida Planning newsletter has a current circulation of 3,200 members, subscribers and other readers. Four issues are published a year.

CHANGES OF ADDRESS For APA members, Send to: Member Records Department American Planning Association 205 N. Michigan Ave., Ste. 1200 Chicago, IL 60601 Fax: 312-786-6700 or log onto www.planning.org/myapa

ARTICLES Florida Planning welcomes articles, announcements, letters, pictures and advertising. Call 850-201-3272 regarding articles. The next issue will be published July 2019.

DEADLINES Article deadlines are generally four weeks prior to publication. Ad deadlines are generally two weeks prior to publication. Consult the editor for any exception to this schedule.

[UPCOMING] EVENTS JUNE 12: REDEFINING NEIGHBORHOODS Ft. Lauderdale. The APA Florida Broward Section and Smart Growth Partnership will host a panel discussion about partnership projects using smarth growth principles. Applying Smart Growth Principles to historic buildings/sites that will enhance the quality of life, promote economic development, create livable communities, create a range of housing opportunities, and preserve open space. Participants will learn about the challenges of historic preservation and its unique characteristics, limited documentation, historic significance vs safety, and accessibility. Information here. 1 CM. Free. JUNE 12: WOMEN IN PLANNING GROUP - SPREAD YOUR SUNSHINE: BECOMING RESILIENT AND FINDING JOY Pinellas Park. This interactive session will challenge you to critically analyze your personal and professional brand, goals and vision for maximizing success by exploring topics such as: (1) Showing passion for what you do and doing it well; (2) Creating and providing an exceptional “customer” experience; (3) The awesomeness of failure and abandonment of perfectionism; (4) Mastering the art of saying “no” to find balance through creation of your personal brand, not dwelling, and staying in your lane; and (5) Paying It Forward: the importance of building resilience and fostering confidence in yourself and others. Information here. 1 CM. Free.


JULY 12: PLANNING WEBCAST SERIES: CREATING SAFE ENVIRONMENTS: INTEGRATING PLANNING, DESIGN AND PHYSICAL SECURITY Learn about risk assessment, varied strategies, multi-disciplinary designs, and effective questions to ask to ensure that places and spaces are beautiful and functional--but also inherently secure. Case studies will be discussed to assist in framing a typical and holistic planning process. Effective approaches will be shared from the perspective of a professional planner and urban designer, as well as a physical security specialist. Information here. 1.5 CM when viewed live

APA Florida is a non-profit organization funded through membership dues and fees. Contributions are also welcomed for general purposes and earmarked programs. Please note that contributions are not tax deductible.

AUG. 26-29: FLORIDA HOUSING COALITION’S ANNUAL AFFORDABLE HOUSING CONFERENCE Orlando. The Florida Housing Coalition’s Annual Conference attracts more than 800 affordable housing advocates, planners, lenders, developers, administrators and policy makers. The Annual Conference offers nuts and bolts to cutting edge training and an opportunity to learn from a broad range of experts. Join us as newcomers and affordable housing veterans engage in thought-provoking exchange of new ideas, demonstrated techniques, training and networking. Information here. CM available

For news and information on Chapter concerns, visit the APA Florida website at florida planning.org.

SEPT. 10-13: APA FLORIDA ANNUAL CONFERENCE Sandestin. We will be meeting at the Baytown Conference Center in Sandestin. This regional planning area confronts and defies many of the same topics reflected throughout the state including post hurricane and hurricane readiness, economic development obstacles, affordable housing, mobility and mass transit challenges, environmental concerns, military planning challenges, and the search for innovative design. This year we call on you to reflect on the upside of planning. Information here. CM available.

APA Florida 2017 Delta Boulevard, Suite 201 Tallahassee, FL 32303 Phone: 850-201-3272 Fax: 850-807-2576

For more information on these and other APA Florida events, please visit florida.planning.org/calendar/

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