Atlantic Coast Section

Mr. Patrick Brackins, Esq. and Mr. Gene Boles, FAICP, Presentation at the Brannon Center in New Smyrna Beach.

Growth Management Planning Officials Training

Thank you to all who attended the 2021 Planning Officials Training!

The APA FL Atlantic Coast Section was pleased to host the 2021 Planning Officials Training, Thursday, June 3, 2021, at the Brannon Center in New Smyrna Beach. Informed planning officials make better decisions. This workshop gives our community and local planning organizations, a reliable and consistent way to provide basic instruction about the job requirements of these important decision-makers.

This one-day workshop, designed for elected and appointed officials and their professional staffs who make planning and zoning recommendations and decisions, covers the basic laws, principles, and practices that have shaped the planning process in Florida. The thirty planning officials in attendance received basic instruction about Florida’s planning and growth management system, his/her role and how to do the job more effectively.

During the morning Session 1, The Community Building Process, Mr. Gene Boles, FAICP, a Senior Fellow of the Program for Resource Efficient Communities at the University of Florida, presented an overview of the Comprehensive Plan, what it contains, its legal status, the process for its development, evaluation, and amendment. He gave an introduction on land development codes including zoning, subdivision regulations, planned development, and concurrency, with an emphasis on what the planning official needs to know. Following with Session 2 focusing on Decision Making, where Mr. Boles gave an overview of roles and responsibilities, legislative vs quasi-judicial actions, procedures, substantial competent evidence, public participation, and other topics related to decision making.

For the afternoon Session 3, Managing Risk, Mr. Boles was joined by Mr. Patrick Brackins, Esq, an attorney with the Orlando-area firm of Shepard, Smith, Kohlmyer, & Hand, P.A., with over 15 years of experience at the federal, state, and local levels, presented. They discussed the risks incurred by local governments in the planning and growth management process and the strategies and best practices that may be applied to minimize risk.

Each planning official received basic instruction about planning and growth management in Florida, his/her role and how to do the job more effectively. Each participant earned a Certificate of Completion and a Florida Officials Handbook containing the course material along with important reference material and information sources. AICP Planners who attended may log 3.0 CM Credits, 1.5 CM Law Credits.

Resilient Planning Integration and Legal Considerations

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Join us on April 14 to hear from the City of Cape Canaveral, University of Florida Program for Resource Efficient Communities, Florida Sea Grant, and the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council (ECFRPC) about the City’s road to resilience and how the University of Florida employed the Plan Integration for Resilience Scorecard (PIRS) tool to assess relevant elements of the comprehensive plan, land development code, and stormwater plan. Sea Grant will provide a discussion on legal considerations for resilience policy planning and the ECFRPC will provide a brief overview of the comprehensive plan role and process, and the city’s current Florida Department of Environmental Protection Resilient Coastline Project and strategies identified for adaptation action areas and peril of flood policies.