Marion County Planning Officials Training

Are you an appointed advisory board member, elected official, utilities, historic preservation or water board member, or a local government employee who is eager to learn more about making local planning, zoning, and related recommendations or decisions?

If so, this one-day workshop organized by the APA Florida San Felasco Section and Marion County is tailored just for you!

8 – 8:30 am Registration and Breakfast
8:30 – 10 am Merle Bishop, FAICP, Comprehensive Planning Basics
10 – 10:15 am Break
10:15 – 11:30 am Owen Beitsch, FAICP, Future Planning Trends
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Rob Balmes, AICP CTP, Transportation Planning Basics
12:30 – 1 pm Lunch
1 – 2:30 pm Bob Cambric, Public Participation
2:30 – 4 pm W. Thomas Hawkins, AICP, J.D., Land Use Law
4 – 4:30 pm Q&A/Networking


  • When: Wednesday, Feb. 7 from 8 am - 4 pm
  • Where: Marion County BOCC, 2710 East Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, 34470
  • Who: Anyone wanting to know the basic principles in local government planning. Seating is limited to 48 people.
  • How much: $25 (includes breakfast and lunch)


Event registration closes on Feb. 4 or when filled. Click here to register.


Contact Mary Vazquez, MPA, at or 352-438-2689.