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Planning and Community Health: Health Impacts in Idaho @ Webinar
Mar 29 @ 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Please join the American Planning Association (APA) and the National Physical Activity Society (NPAS) for a discussion healthy planning. Chris Danley, President of NPAS and planner with Alta Planning + Design, will discuss his experiences working at the intersection of planning and public health.

This session will include an overview of the Healthy Communities Collaborative at APA as well as an introduction to NPAS before diving into a case study from Chris’ portfolio.

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Enabling Access to Public Spaces to Advance Economic, Environmental and Social Benefits; and the UN’s New Urban Agenda @ Webinar
Mar 31 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Culture, tradition, sustainability and many aspects of contemporary quality of life are intertwined in uplifting old, shaping new, and bringing increased resilience to inclusive public spaces. An integration of approaches to inclusive public spaces is required as social, environmental, spatial and economic dimensions of equity are entangled. A driving force in global development, increased urbanization targets many cities for continued rapid growth, challenging the need to secure inclusive public space. The UN Sustainability Design Guidelines relate to this reality. With the burgeoning growth of population, it is critical to: recognize and broadly articulate the values of public space for quality of urban living; encourage local advocacy for public space quality, quantity, care and use; safeguard and improve existing urban public space; integrate green best practices; and plan for and create new open spaces, particularly in low-income areas. The application of good governance recognizes and acts on the linkage between public spaces and sustainable development, respects the legacy of public spaces, seeks to improve existing space, adds new vibrant public spaces and benchmarks local public space quantity, quality, distribution and access, so that inclusive public space is available to all. The United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11, focused on ‘inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities’ (United Nations, 2015), provides a core target for inclusive public spaces and many other aspects of human settlements. Urban public spaces address all three pillars of sustainability: economy, environment and society.

1.5 CM

Gold Coast Section Monthly Executive Board Meeting @ MIami Center for Architecture and Design
Apr 1 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Gold Coast Section Board meetings

Gold Coast Section Board meetings

All Gold Coast Section members are invited to attend the monthly Executive Board meetings, which generally take place the 1st Saturday of each month, starting at 9:30 am, at the Miami Center for Architecture and Design in downtown Miami.

The Comprehensive Planner: taking a systems perspective @ Webinar
Apr 4 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Steve Whitman and Chris Parker will explore the many problems facing communities of all sizes, and the underlying issue of ecosystem services. They will explore how thinking holistically and using a systems perspective can provide a new way forward for communities. While planning documents may take a systems perspective, land use regulations seldom do. This integrated approach provides for the regeneration of lost ecosystem services, and the resulting projects will help your community become more adaptive and resilient over time. Case study examples will be shared to highlight how to apply this approach, and to serve as a call to action so more planners become part of this collaborative effort.

1.5 CM

Sun Coast 2017 Annual Awards Reception @ Franklin Manor
Apr 5 @ 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Sun Coast Section of the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association invites you to attend the Annual Awards Reception to celebrate excellence in planning in the Tampa Bay region.

4:00 PM – 5:30 Ethics Session (1.5 CM) courtesy of Mary Kay Peck, FAICP and Lorraine Duffy-Suarez, AICP

5:30 PM – 8:00 PM Awards Reception (Awards ceremony will begin at approximately 6:00 PM)

Entertainment and musical atmostphere courtesy of our very own Ray Chiaramonte, FAICP.

Heavy hors d’oeuvres and cash bar.

As a thank you to our amazing members for all your hard work hosting and supporting the APA Florida Annual Conference we are offering tickets to the 2017 Section Awards Reception at a discounted rate.

CURRENTLY SEEKING SPONSORS. Please e-mail if you or your firm are interested in sponsoring.

The time has come to celebrate the accomplishments of our Section!

The three nominee categories are as follows:

Distinguished Service – This award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the planning profession over the course of their career. This includes but is not limited to community leaders, veteran planners or other professionals, elected officials, and citizen advocates.

Planner of the Year – This award acknowledges a local planner who has made a significant contribution to the profession this past year (2016). The individual must be a member of APA to be eligible for this award.

Award of Excellence – This award recognizes an organization, initiative, planning process or project which is unique within the Sun Coast Section. Successful nominations will describe the application of a truly unique planning process or approach (or be able to demonstrate a result) which was revolutionary rather than evolutionary. Applicants should also describe how it’s on the cutting edge, how it betters our communities, and demonstrates excellence in its accomplishments. To be eligible a process, initiative or project must have been completed within the last 3 years, or an organization active within the last 3 years.

Past Winners:


  • Award of Excellence: Hillsborough River Interlocal Planning Board
  • Planner of the Year: Catherine Hartley, AICP, CNU-a
  • Distinguished Service Award: Bob Bray


  • **See 2016 awards.**
  • Award of Excellence – Urbanism on Tap
  • Planner of the Year – Karen Kress, AICP, LCI
  • Distinguished Service – Mark Sharpe
  • Distinguished Plan: InVision Tampa
  • Distinguished Project: Nathan Benderson Park
  • Planning Advocacy: The Green Artery
  • Planning Advocacy: Laurel Park Overlay District, Sarasota
  • Planner of the Year: Stephen L. Benson, AICP, CNU-a
  • Distinguished Service: Robin R. Jones
  • Distinguished Project: Pinellas County Transit Alternatives Analysis
  • Planning Advocate of the Year: Jim Shirk, P.E.
  • Distinguished Service: Michael Taylor, AICP
  • Distinguished Plan: Walk/Bike Plan, City of Tampa
  • Distinguished Service: Joe Bell, AICP
  • Distinguished Project: Tampa Bay Mitigation Bank
  • Planner of the Year: Richard Gehring, AICP
  • Distinguished Service: David Healey, AICP
  • Distinguished Project: Skycrest Roundabout Corridor, City of Clearwater
  • Distinguished Plan: TBARTA Regional Transportation Master Plan
  • Planner of the Year: Mark Bentley, Esq., AICP
  • Distinguished Service: Robert B. Hunter, FAICP

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