Latest News and Events
- Congratulations New Promised Lands Officers July 26, 2017
My thanks to the outgoing and incoming Executive Board of the Promised Lands Section. Our fair Section is in good hands under new Chair Jason Green, AICP; Vice Chair Mitchell Austin, AICP; Treasurer Lindsay Robin, and Secretary Jackie Genson, AICP. Your service to your fellow professional planners is appreciated by me. The past four years as Chair have been fantastic and it has been my honor to serve all of you. Hopefully many of us will make it to an excellent conference in Daytona Beach and continue the traditions of the Promised Lands here at home for years to come.
Tony Palermo, AICP
Immediate Past Chair
- Florida Planning & Growth Management: Best Practices May 12, 2017
Moore Haven – Friday May 26 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm $50.00 includes lunch. 6 AICP/CM credits APPROVED. Register by May 19 please.The course covers the basic laws and planning principles that have shaped the development and approval process in Florida. Participants will receive basic instruction about Florida’s planning and growth management system with emphasis on best practice at the local government level.
Topic #1 — Planning and Growth Management in Florida. The Community Planning Act mandates that each local government in Florida adopt and implement a Comprehensive Plan and that implementation be consistent with the Comprehensive Plan. How is this system structured? What are its essential components and what is required of local governments.
Topic #2 — Constitutional and Legal Foundations for Planning in Florida. Legal concepts and important case law and what they mean for planners. Topics include the US Constitution, Florida Constitution, the Community Planning Act and other Florida statutes, legislative decisions vs quasi-judicial decisions, property rights, consistency, rational nexus and proportionate share.
Topic #3 — The Community Building Process. An overview of the Comprehensive Plan, what it contains, its legal status, the process for its development, evaluation and amendment. A primer on land development codes including zoning, subdivision regulations, planned development, concurrency, development standards, etc. with emphasis on best practice.
Topic #4 — Decisionmaking. An overview of roles and responsibilities, legislative vs quasi-judicial actions, procedures, substantial competent evidence, public participation and other topics related to decision making.
- The Glades County Regional Training Center, 1030 Industrial Drive, Moore Haven.
- The training center is on the northwest corner of the intersection of E. State Road 78 and U.S. Highway 27, across the street from 1282 E. State Road 78.
- Now What? — After Now in My Back Yard is Done January 17, 2017
Harold Wanless, an internationally-recognized expert in climate change, wishes he was 20 again. Dr. Wanless delivered a sobering message to a large Captiva crowd Friday January 13 at “Now in My Back Yard – Sea Level, Public Policy, and Barrier Islands” – a program co-sponsored by the Captiva Community Panel, South Seas Island Resort, Sanibel-Captiva Islands Association of Realtors and the Promised Lands Section of APA Florida Chapter.
His message was also an optimistic call to action.
“There are so many meaningful professions, and critical opportunities to make a real global difference to understand our stressed Earth, climate, ocean and ice, to work to repair our stressed climate, ocean, ice, water resources, and coastal environments, and to respond to the challenge of living successfully on a rapidly evolving Earth,” Dr. Wanless concluded after detailing the challenges all Floridians will face due to changes in climate and the resulting rise in sea level.
Dr. Wanless, the chair of the University of Miami’s Department of Geological Sciences, was the keynote for an afternoon of presentations before about 100 citizens, planners, engineers and others concerned about sea level rise and its impact on Florida’s most beautiful places such as Sanibel and Captiva.
The program was organized by Max Forgey, AICP of Zoning Technologies of Cape Coral. “It’s an opportunity to bring together professional and Captiva and Sanibel residents together to hear from the experts.”
Experts included Christine Sheppard, of the Nature Conservancy, James Evans, of the City of Sanibel, Joan LeBeau, AICP, of the City of Punta Gorda, Dan Trescott, of Trescott Planning Solutions of Fort Myers, and Timothy O’Rourke, from Florida Southwestern College. The morning speakers first delivered “A GIS Tool Box for Land Use Professionals. The afternoon included Dr. Wanless’ keynote “The Coming Reality of Sea Level Rise…Too Fast, Too Soon., followed by Hans Wilson, PE, ...
- Three Take-Aways from the APA/FPZA Holiday Party December 5, 2016
Thank you all to all the Promised Lands members who celebrated at the joint APA/FPZA Holiday Party at Spirits of Bacchus in Fort Myers. Three last things for 2016. $231 collected for the Harry Chapin Food Bank at the Holiday Party; We recognized the contributions of Pamela E. Houck as our Roland Eastwood Planner of the Year for 2016; and we are well set up for 2017 – including an election of new Section officers for 2017-2019. We will need the continued support of our members in 2017. We enjoy putting on quality educational and social programs for our members, and we will continue to promote the art of planning in SW Florida. If you have ideas or want to get more involved in APA Florida let us know. Happy 2017 and Merry Christmas to you and your families. -Tony Palermo, Chair, Promised Lands Section.
- Roland Eastwood Planner of the Year 2016 – Pamela E. Houck November 23, 2016
Pamela E. Houck, retired this summer as Zoning Manager for Lee County Community Development, and is the Promised Lands Section “Roland Eastwood Planner of the Year” recipient for 2016. Pam earned this distinction for her decades of leadership in historic preservation, planning and zoning in Florida. Pam has hired, mentored, supervised and befriended many a professional planner in the public and private sector in SW Florida. Pam’s impact – especially in the area of historic preservation – has been felt in places as diverse as Boca Grande, Buckingham, Tice and Matlacha. Pam, a Fort Myers native, has an associate of arts degree from Edison Community College (now Florida Southwestern State College) with a major in art education and minor in special education. Pam started her career in clerical and administrative positions for Lee County government in June 1967. She served as senior planner, principal planner, zoning coordinator, zoning director, and other leadership positions in the 70s, 80s and 90s. Pam also worked for the Town of Fort Myers Beach as service development coordinator from 1999 to 2001. Pam was hired as Zoning Director for Lee County Community Development in 2001 – and stayed until her recent retirement from Lee County government. Pam and her employees were active in APA Florida, and the Florida Planning and Zoning Association (FPZA), where she often attended and spoke at their annual conferences – frequently about her adventures and insights in historic preservation in Lee County. The Promised Lands Section presents the Roland Eastwood Annual Planner of Distinction Award to one of our local planners for their outstanding service to the planning profession – typically at the joint APA/FPZA Holiday Party in December. This year’s celebration is set for 5:30 pm Thursday December 1 at the Spirits of Bacchus in Patio De Leon in downtown Fort ...