Recap of 2018 National Community Planning Month Events

Here’s a short recap of how APA Florida sections celebrated National Community Planning Month. Don’t miss this video!


Voters picked a new Great Place in Florida: Downtown Winter Garden was the top pick!

APA Florida and AARP Florida co-hosted a webinar for the Planners Webcast Consortium on How to Mobilize and Turn Volunteers Into Leaders in Your Community.


8 80 Cities Founder Gil Penalosa participated weekslong events throughout Tallahassee, including events at FSU and the Blueprint Agency. Local TV coverage. Stayed tuned  for a video interview with Gil!


The APA Florida First Coast Section hosted the North Florida Safe Street Summit in St. Augustine.

On. Sept. 27, Mayor Nathan Blackwell signed the Proclamation for National Community Planning Month for the City of St. Cloud. Pictured left to right: Andre Anderson, P&Z Director, Jacob Cummings, Associate Planner, Nakeisha Lyon, Associate Planner, Abi Abreu, Associate Planner, and Blackwell.


Monthlong: The City of St. Cloud hosted a number of activities throughout the month of October, including a “Housing Matters!” art competition for K-12 students.


Sun Coast Section Chair Melissa Dickens wrote this blog post about engaging with the public during NCPM.

Planners, students, and community members learn about the history of Tampa’s Ybor City neighborhood during a collaborative National Community Planning Month event. Photo by Elizabeth Strom, University of South Florida Master of Urban and Regional Planning program.

The section hosted three events:

Urban Planning & LGBTQ Communities: Ybor’s Role in a Diverse Tampa Bay. The section, USF MURP, and the USF Student Planning Organization celebrated National Community Planning Month and National Coming Out Day with a focus on LGBTQ influence in planning and the GaYbor District (Ybor City LGBTQ neighborhood).

Missing Middle Housing Session. The section partnered with FCCMA and Forward Pinellas to bring together city managers, elected officials, planners and the public to discuss solutions for providing the “Missing Middle” type of housing.

Planning Healthy Places Event. The section partnered with the US Green Building Council – Florida Chapter to plan a joint event focusing on planning for healthy communities.

ICYMI: Tampa’s Riverwalk was named a finalist for APA’s Great Places in America People’s Choice Award. You have until Nov. 2 vote


In the picture, from left to right is Heather Reuter, Planner I; Eric Labbe, Planning Manager; William Twyford, City Commissioner; Nat Birdsong, Mayor Pro-Temp; Pete Chichetto, City Commissioner; Merle Bishop, Growth Management Director; James “J.P.” Powell, City Commissioner; Leo Bourgeois, Planning Commissioner; David Lane, Planning Commissioner; and, Sean Byers, Principal Planner.