Atlantic Coast Section

Growth Management Planning Officials Training

The Atlantic Coast Section of APA Florida invites you to this year’s Growth Management Workshop:

City of Cocoa

Friday, July 26

9 am — 4 pm

$35 per person (includes light breakfast and lunch)

Planners:  AICP 6 CM Credits

Presented by: Gene Boles, FAICP

Mr. Boles is a Senior Fellow of the Program for Resource Efficient Communities at the University of Florida. His work currently focuses on training, coaching and consultation regarding “best practices” related to comprehensive plans and land development regulations. He has more than 45 years of local government experience as a planner, planning director and consultant.

Registration Cost and Scholarship

The cost for each full-day session is $35. The Atlantic Coast Section will cover the registration cost for APA members including commissioners who are members. To take advantage of this benefit, registration can be completed using the following link Submittals must be received by no later than July 19. Eligibility is limited to those who live and/or work in Volusia, Brevard, and Indian River Counties.

Who should attend?

City Mayors and City Council members; County Commissioners; City Managers, Clerks, and City staff; members of the Planning & Zoning Board, Board of Adjustment, Economic Development Board, Historic Preservation Board, and related boards. Each participant will receive a Certificate of Completion and a copy of the Florida Planning Officials Handbook containing the course material along with important reference material and information sources.

 As a Planning Director or local government administrator, we ask that you pass this information on to your elected officials, appointed board members, and those who serve your organization or government and may benefit from this opportunity. 

Officials will receive basic instruction about Florida’s planning and growth management system, his/her role and how to do the job more effectively. Peer exchange and discussion are valuable parts of this events.

Topics Include:

  • Planning and Growth Management in Florida
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Constitutional and Legal Foundations for Planning
  • The Community Building Process
  • Decision-making

Download pdf flier of the event here

Section Executive Committee Positions Open

The APA Florida Atlantic Coast Section is seeking members for its Executive Committee. If you are a member in good standing and want to be a part of the team that serves planners in Brevard, Indian River and Volusia counties we want you! You have until June 10 to nominate yourself. 

Welcome to the Atlantic Coast Section!

The Atlantic Coast Section is a professional non-profit organization serving the members of APA, APA-FL, and the Section residing within Brevard, Indian River, and Volusia Counties. Our purpose is to advance the art and science of planning through the sharing of information, ideas, and experience. Our mission is to bring the benefits of National and Chapter membership to the local level by creating opportunities for professional development, continuing education, networking, and socializing.

The Atlantic Coast Section has approximately 150+ members among the three counties. Our members are professional planners, students, appointed planning board officials, city and county officials, private sector consultants, real estate professionals, and others interested in the planning profession and the positive impact planning can have along the East-Central Florida coast.

The section hosts events in each county throughout the year, most notably the annual Planning Commissioner’s two-day training session and the annual section membership meeting and holiday party. In 2017, the section hosted the APA-FL annual state conference in Daytona Beach. In 2018, we participated in the chapter’s “Circuit Rider” speaker program with nationally recognized urbanist Joe Minicozzi. The Atlantic Coast Section also partners with other local organizations such as VCARD and FPZA Surfcoast Chapter to provide AICP/CM credits to our members.

The Atlantic Coast Section Executive Committee meets monthly to plan these events and conduct section business. Being active in the section, whether as an officer or a volunteer, provides opportunities for leadership and professional growth. If you are interested and would like to help, please contact us at

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Michael Disher, AICP, CNU-a
Atlantic Coast Section Chair