Atlantic Coast Section

Free Event: Regulatory Issues in the Cannabis Industry

cannabis regulatory event flier atlantic coast section

Join us for a candid discussion about Medical Marijuana Law and Policy. Medical marijuana is predicted to be Florida’s next billion dollar industry by 2021, and the hemp industry is not far behind with predictions of its expected impact on Florida’s economy to be a billion dollars by 2022.

The presentation will also provide information on the land use and environmental aspects of the industries through an analysis of permissible local land development regulations, preemption considerations, and public safety strategies through amendments to local fire prevention and building codes. CMs pending

Vote on Draft Bylaws

Over the past year, the Atlantic Coast Section Executive Committee (EC) has discussed proposed amendments to the Section Bylaws concerning elections, officers, and other changes. The Bylaws have not been updated since 2015, and must be revised periodically to be consistent with the adopted Bylaws of the Florida Chapter.

The process to amend the Bylaws is spelled out in Article X, Paragraph 2. The proposed amendments were reviewed by the Section EC and the Chapter Bylaws Committee. The final version of the amendments was approved by the Section EC on February 11, 2019. The amendments and a ballot are now being sent to all eligible voting members of the Section. Amendments require a super-majority of two-thirds of all votes cast.

The surveymonkey will be open until Friday, April 12. 

Draft documents:

1)  Bylaws Update Summary (dated March 20, 2019)

2)  Atlantic Coast Section Bylaws Draft (dated March 20, 2019)

Upcoming Event: Financing for Innovative Land Development Projects

April 12, 9:30 am

120 S. Florida Ave., DeLand FL 32720

Working with stakeholders, developers, and elected officials to come up with innovative solutions to address shifting land use challenges is often only half the battle. Are you tired of your plans for mixed-use, multi-family, or transit-oriented development languishing on the shelf while lenders finance single-family sprawl?

Join us for an informative panel discussion on how to find and secure financing for atypical development projects that will enhance your community. Our featured speakers Janet Hamer, Rich Rollason, Mark Watts, and Richard Prescott will discuss their successes and challenges and take questions from the audience.

Coffee and light breakfast available starting at 9 am. Contact Anna Cava Grosso at 386-626-7012 or to register.

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