Latest News and Events
- Strong Towns Curbside Chat December 4, 2017
How can our towns get stronger—not weaker—when our economy changes? How can we repopulate our empty streets and empty storefronts? What can we learn from the earliest days of city building about building better places tomorrow? And how can active citizens, local officials, and ordinary people like you and I make it happen today, no matter how badly we’re starting off?
Chuck Marohn will give a public Curbside Chat in Panama City. A live Curbside Chat is your opportunity to hear our answer to these questions, and to participate in a community-specific discussion about how the Strong Towns approach can improve your city.
This core Strong Towns presentation is a game-changer for communities looking to grow more resilient in an uncertain future.
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
6:00PM – 8:00PM
Holy Nativity School
205 Hamilton Ave
Panama City, FL
- Why Can’t We All Just Get Along? November 28, 2017
The amazing Gert Garman with Broad Perspective, LLC will be here to share some expertise on running great public meetings, gaining consensus, and public involvement in the planning process.
Program topics will include:
- Overcoming public involvement challenges – disagreement, lack of consensus and civility
- How to engage citizens – advertising, meeting format, etc.
- How to get meaningful meeting results – meeting format, promoting civility and mutual respect, getting beyond participation to collaborative problem solving etc.
Thursday, Dec. 14
11:30 am – 2:30 pm
Lunch will be provided
Destin City Hall Annex
4100 Indian Bayou Trail
Destin, FL 32541
Please register here.
- Environmental Permitting and Water Resources Mini-Conference October 10, 2017
Florida State University College of Engineering
Panama City Campus, Auditorium Building 5
Feb. 1, 2018
Download FSU Panama City campus map here.
Registration form at end of agenda or click here
(all times are Central)
8:30 – 9 am – Breakfast
9 – 10 am
Statewide Environmental Resource Permitting (SWERP) phase 2 rulemaking is nearing completion. SWERP 2 will bring improved clarity and more streamlining for applicants. This presentation will highlight the most notable changes to the rule. Questions are welcome.
Presented by Heather Mason, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Environmental Consultant, Submerged Lands and Environmental Resources Coordination Program. Heather has been working as an environmental professional in Florida for about 11 years. She began her career as an environmental consultant in the private sector, then accepted a position with FDEP in 2009. Heather currently works as an environmental consultant in the Submerged Lands and Environmental Resources Coordination program at FDEP where her focus is rulemaking, training, and interagency coordination. She is a certified Professional Wetland Scientist. She is married with two children, and likes to spend her free time enjoying local, state, and national parks with her family.
A Look at the New Conceptual Permit for Urban Infill or Redevelopment
Presented by Michael Bateman, P.E., Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Environmental Administrator, Engineering, Hydrology, and Geology Program. Michael has more than 30 years experience in environmental engineering, focusing on stormwater issues. He was one of the primary authors of the current statewide ERP rule; has served for over 19 years with state agencies; 10 years of private practice; and served on the Board of Directors for the Florida Stormwater Association for 10 years. He is a registered Professional Engineer and a Certified Professional in Stormwater Quality.
10 – 10:15 am ...
- FREE Emerald Coast Planning Officials Training September 26, 2016
This FREE ½ day workshop is designed for elected and appointed
officials who make planning and zoning recommendations and decisions as well as planning staff (4 CMs). The series covers the basic
laws, principles and practices that have shaped the planning process
in Florida. Planning 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
also a valuable parts of this event. Topics Include: Topic #1 Planning
and Growth Management in Florida; Topic #2 Roles and Responsibilities; Topic #3 Constitutional and Legal Foundations for Planning; Topic #4: The Community Building Process; and Topic #5 Decision making.
Presentation by Gene Boles, FAICP
Two Convenient Days and Locations!!
October 19, 2016
1:30 PM – 5:30 PM
City of Freeport Board Room
112 Highway 20 West
Freeport, FL 32439
Visit Sweet Southern Comfort Café in Freeport before the event for a
wonderful lunch! (172 Hwy 20, Freeport)
October 21, 2016
8:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Large Conference Room 104
3363 West Park Place
Pensacola, FL 32505
- Presentation of UWF Historic Trust Interpretive Master Plan for Downtown Pensacola August 3, 2016
Presentation of UWF Historic Trust Interpretive Master Plan for Downtown Pensacola
Date: Thursday, August 25
Time: 11:30 to 1 p.m.
Location: 117 E Government St, Pensacola, FL 32502
Lunch will be provided
Planners will hear about the University of West Florida Historic Trust Interpretative Master Plan for the historic village and downtown Pensacola.
Topic to be discussed include the following:
- Challenges of interpreting a living history museum.
- Challenges of displaying historic and archaeological resources.
- State of the art in living history and historic museum exhibit methods.
- Review of the existing 8 acre downtown historic site.
- Definition of an Interpretive Master Plan.
- Review of matrix developed for Village resources.
- Understanding the impact of cultural heritage tourism.
- Proposal for new Interpretive Master Plan for the village.
- Review of graphic demonstrations for the new plan.