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FLORIDA PLANNING A Publication of the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association

Spring 2016


The Emergence of Microbreweries in Florida By: Jason Burton, AICP, Devn Levins, Marcie Stenmark, AICP

Brewpubs and microbreweries are emerging land uses in Florida.

Some of these uses have food and entertainment components. Orlando, Safety Harbor, and Tallahassee have been working to address this new use in their codes. ORLANDO Local breweries and distilleries can have a large contribution towards a city’s tourism and nighttime economy; specifically, for Orlando, it could also entice more visitors into our central city. Currently, Orlando has accessory use rules in our Land Development Code that allow up to 25 percent of floor area to be other uses not typically allowed in a commercial/mixed-use zoning district (such as manufacturing of alcohol products) when approved by our Planning Official. We are considering specific amendments to our code this Spring to increase that allocation to 50 percent for these microbreweries, microdistilleries, brew-pubs and nanobreweries. continued on page 4

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What’s New in the World of AICP?


APA FL 2016 Election Nominations


North Ranch Master Plan Shows Importance of Collaboration


Public-Private Partnerships Help Expand Local Transit


Planners as Prophets


FSU Department of Urban & Regional Planning

The Florida Chapter of APA provides statewide leadership in the development of sustainable communities by advocating excellence in planning, providing professional development for its members, and working to protect and enhance the natural and built environments.

President’s Message - p. 3 APA Florida Working for You - p. 19 Section Happenings - p. 20 Planners on the Move - p. 21 Law Case Update - p. 22 Consultants Directory - p. 25 Events - back page



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APA Florida Executive Committee President Melissa Zornitta, AICP

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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Happy Spring, Everyone! As I write this I am just returning from the APA National Conference in Phoenix. As usual, it was a great experience to join more than 4,300 planners from across the country in learning about innovative planning projects, tools and techniques. It was fun to see so many from Florida - presenting at sessions, networking at receptions or checking out the sites around town. In particular, it was very special to get to see four of our chapter members inducted into the Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners; we are thrilled their distinguished careers were recognized with our profession’s highest honor. It was also fun to see Florida planners leading our professional organization at a national level. We are fortunate to have Val Hubbard as the AICP Commission President and Silvia Vargas serving as our region’s AICP Commission representative.

I want to thank the efforts of Patti Shea, our Communications Coordinator, Alex Magee, our Executive Director, and Marcie Stenmark, our VP Communications, for all their work to make us a leader in communicating with our members. APA National is working on a number of great services for members that were highlighted at the conference. They are making Planner Advisory Service Reports available to all members electronically as a member benefit starting in the fall. The AICP Commission approved allowing Pro Bono planning work (like volunteering for APA Florida!) count for up to 8 CM credits using the self-reporting option. I have been working on a Membership Committee for the Chapter President’s Council. Reduced dues for students and new members is one big initiative that we have been collaborating on. Hopefully that will be implemented by the 2017 school year. APA unveiled a major website overhaul, which makes it much more user friendly. APA has also conducted a communications audit to help focus their efforts on improving communications with members. I am particularly proud of what the communications audit had to say about the Florida Chapter. Our website was identified as a model with “robust, varied, good content for multiple audiences.” Our efforts in increasing our member engagement in social media were also recognized. “Florida has arguably the best Facebook page of the chapters reviewed. Content seems much more spontaneous than most and more photo driven. Posts invite more engagement.” They also found for Twitter that “the most successful chapter in terms of number of followers and use of the platform is Florida.” I want to thank the efforts of Patti Shea, our Communications Coordinator, Alex Magee, our Executive Director, and Marcie Stenmark, our VP Communications, for all their work to make us a leader in communicating with our members. If you aren’t engaging with us on social media or checking our website and newsletters regularly, please do - you are missing out!

Melissa Zornitta, AICP APA Florida President

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We are also considering definitions culled from APA’s Planning magazine article on this matter to better define these uses. Additionally, these rules will allow brewpubs (a restaurant that crafts its own beer on site for on-site consumption, or a brewery with an attached restaurant) in industrial zoning districts. We are also adding rules to restrict hours of operation to before midnight when approving these uses, so they may not disturb nearby residences in our various Main Street Districts, where such uses are likely to locate. Reaction thus far from the city’s administration has been positive, and we see this as an economic development tool to diversify our “locavore” culture, promote business flexibility, increase visitors, and compete with other cities as a microbrewery destination. SAFETY HARBOR In 2015, Safety Harbor’s first microbrewery, Crooked Thumb, opened its doors. Located in a former auto body warehouse, this use is surrounded by light industrial and warehouse uses. The building includes a 15- barrel microbrewery with tasting room. The microbrewery has brought activity to this area during late afternoon, evening and weekend hours. Recently, the Crooked Thumb received the Mayor’s Award of Excellence, in the commercial category. Until recently, microbreweries and brewpubs had not been contemplated by the city’s code. After receiving feedback from potential business owners regarding this emerging use, staff worked with the community to prepare a code amendment. In March of 2014, the Safety Harbor City Commission approved a Land Development Code amendment to adopt regulations to recognize brewpub, microbrewery, micro-distillery uses. The regulations define the uses, and establish parameters including tasting room size, parking ratios, and zoning districts 4 Spring 2016 / Florida Planning

where they are permitted or allowed as conditional uses. Brewpubs generate more than 50 percent of their business revenues on food sales. Since the code was amended, several other microbreweries have expressed an interest in opening their doors in Safety Harbor. Crooked Thumb Brewery » Craft Brewery coming soon to Safety Harbor, FL TALLAHASSEE Over the last three years Tallahassee has been on the radar for microbreweries. During this time there have been three breweries established, another that recently secured a location, and at least two others that are currently looking for sites. The breweries locating in the Capital City are typically interested in one of two business models: The first model, the business operates as a bar where the product is made and sold onsite, with shipping of the beverages being accessory to the bar; and the second model focuses on production and shipping as the primary use, with an accessory use of a small tasting room and tours. Understanding the business approach makes determining where this use is allowed much easier. Although microbreweries seem like a new use, based on the business model, the use exists in most cities. Going back to the first model, this would be considered an “eating/drink establishment or cocktail lounge and bar.” Any zoning district that allows this use, would also allow microbreweries. The second model is based around production, shipping, and wholesale. Due to the nature of this approach, this use would fit into districts that allow industrial and light industrial uses. To date, both models have been established in Tallahassee and each has worked for the perspective brewers. Although microbreweries are not called restaurants or bars, they do operate in the same way. It is easy for planners to


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wear blinders and inform the citizens that a microbrewery is not allowed. Planners need to focus on how these uses mirror existing uses in code. It needs to be understood that local businesses support local economies and as these businesses grow, so do our tax revenues. As we continue to see an influx of these “New Uses,” we as planners need ask ourselves, “are these in fact new uses or existing uses disguised with a modern name.” “During site selection for DEEP Brewing, condensing our production facility and tasting room into a 2400 square-foot facility took a great deal of creativity. Thankfully our efforts were mirrored by the city planning department’s open-minded interpretation of our intent related to zoning regulations. We ended up in a small office/warehouse park with a light industrial zoning. Our neighbors include an engineering firm, medical service and equipment providers, indoor recreation, electronics assembly, and an online pottery retailer,” said DEEP Brewing owner Ryan Lapete.

After years of waiting, the Florida Legislature last year overturned a Depression era bill and opened the taps to allow half-gallon containers to be filled at breweries, in addition to quarter-gallon and gallon-sided bottles. The Growler Bill – which was championed by the states’ burgeoning craft beer industry – cancels the requirement that the manufacturing, distribution and sale of beer be separated. Manufacturers that refill growlers can have taste rooms in permitted locations and cannot transport taproom suds outside the brewery. The law went into effect on July 1, 2015. -- Patti Shea

Jason Burton, AICP, is the chief planner for the city of Orlando and can be reached at [email protected] . Marcie Stenmark, AICP, is the community development cirector for Safety Harbor, can be reached at [email protected] Devon Levins is a planner with the city of Tallahassee and can be reached at [email protected]

IN MEMORIAM APA Florida was saddened to learn of the passing of Marcie Oppenheimer Nolan, JD, AICP, on April 24. A Palm Beach County native, Marcie graduated from University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1991 with a BFA, and worked for Greenpeace and Amnesty International. She continued her education at Eastern Washington University, earning a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning in 1995. After serving as a planner for the cities of Greenacres and Sunrise, she joined at the Town of Davie. She stayed there for many years, rising first to lead their planning department and later to become an assistant city manager. At the same time, she attended Nova Law School at night to achieve her dream of becoming a land use and zoning attorney. She graduated and passed the Florida Bar in 2008, and opened a solo practice at one of the most difficult times for

new attorneys to launch their practices. She succeeded, representing the Davie CRA and other public and private clients, and eventually made the decision to join the law firm of Becker & Poliakoff as an attorney and certified land planner in the Firm’s Government Law & Lobbying Group in 2010. She continued to represent the Town of Davie Community Redevelopment Agency as well as a wide range of public and private clients. She also taught “Legal Aspects of Planning” to Masters in Urban and Regional Planning students at Florida Atlantic University. She remained active with the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association and other planning organizations, including service as the Chair of the ULI Southeast Chapter Infrastructure Committee, Vice Chair of the South Florida Community Land Trust, and a board member of the Davie Area Land Trust. She was a graduate of Leadership Broward and was selected as one of The Outstanding 100 Women of Broward County. A 48-year-old wife and mother of two children, Marcie was passionate about planning, about her family, and about life. Her energetic and optimistic spirit was always evident, and she courageously faced her four-year long battle with cancer with grace and dignity. Spring 2016 / Florida Planning 5

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WHAT IS NEW IN THE WORLD OF AICP? By Silvia E. Vargas, AICP, LEED AP AICP Commissioner, Region III

To those of you who attended the conference in Phoenix, I hope you had a productive and enjoyable conference. For those who could not be there, do not despair! APA continues to add statistics, keynote summaries, event photos, blog posts, and other relevant conference reports to the newly launched website. Check www.planning.org/conference for the latest information. For my part, AICP Commission work kept me busy. The AICP Commission held its spring meeting on April 1 and prominent on our agenda was taking action on a series of key initiatives focused on improving and expanding AICP Certification and CM options for our members. Below is a summary of several noteworthy decisions coming from the meeting that you should be aware of: • We approved the scope of work for a market research study on the value of AICP credentialing programs.

As part of its mission to advocate for the acceptance and recognition of the AICP credential, the commission seeks to learn how various audiences both within and outside the profession (e.g. - employers, elected officials, affiliated professions, and the general public) perceive certification and how well AICP is meeting their expectations.

The market research study will help APA develop a marketing and communications strategy to increase brand awareness of the credential, increase the number of hires with AICP, and foster financial support from employers for their planners’ AICP certification, AICP membership and required continued education – among other goals. The market research study will be supplemented by the results of the recent Jobs Analysis and Salary surveys and will be completed later this year.

• We endorsed moving forward with a proposal to establish the AICP Candidate (AICP-C) program.

The commission’s Membership Committee has been diligently working on a proposal to create a clear path to AICP Certification to meet a variety of goals and action items in the AICP Strategy/Action Plan. Called “AICP Candidate,” the concept is geared towards attracting and retaining more recently graduated student members and new planners, thus growing the AICP and APA’s membership base as a whole. AICP-C members will be expected to follow and be subject to the AICP Code of Ethics.

Implementation details such as required education and years of experience, the lifespan and cost of the designation are still being worked out. It is critical that decisions regarding the AICP-C program are in synch with other APA efforts such as the Student and New Member Task Force initiatives. We also plan to reach out broadly to members for feedback.

• We unanimously voted to approve providing Certification Maintenance (CM) credit for eligible pro bono work. Over the years, the commission has received encouragement from members to allow credits to be claimed for pro bono activities. The AICP Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct clearly calls for certified planners to “contribute time and effort to groups lacking in adequate planning resources and to voluntary professional activities.” The AICP Commission approved the concept at its February 2016 meeting. continued on page 8

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Qualified pro bono service will become another option for selfreported CM credits. AICP members may self-report a maximum of eight CM credits in a two-year reporting period. Moving forward, all of those self-reported CM credits may consist of pro bono activities. One hour of eligible pro bono service will equal one CM credit; the credits must be claimed in one-hour increments.

Prior to earning CM credits for pro-bono work, members will be required to view a short, web-based tutorial which will explain the eligibility criteria.

In addition to taking action on those initiatives, the commission also reviewed progress on the update of the AICP exam. The AICP Exam Committee continues to work towards making May 2017 the first testing widow for the new exam content.

The results of the recent Jobs Analysis survey will serve as one of several sources of input to develop new test specifications (exam content outline.) The draft exam content outline will be shared with Professional Development Officers (PDOs) at the next PDO Exchange for comment. Their feedback will help develop new subject matter for the exam. New (or improved) questions will be written based on the revised test specifications. Stay tuned for additional information –and requests for your input– regarding these programs in the coming months. To close this brief report on a hurrah! note for Florida, I would like to congratulate the newly minted Fellows of AICP from our fair state: Ramond A. Chiaramonte, Brian C. Canin, Paul Steven Lewis, and Saralee L. Morrisey. As the Chair of the College of Fellows Committee, it was my great honor to help present the FAICP distinction to these outstanding professionals during the 2016 Class of AICP Fellows induction. Cheers!

NOMINATIONS BY PETITION FOR APA FLORIDA 2016 ELECTIONS Pursuant to the Chapter Bylaws, the Nominations Committee has presented the proposed election slate (see below) to the APA Florida Executive Committee. Nominations for any office may be added to this slate by petition of at least twenty members. Petition forms may be downloaded here or by contacting the Chapter Office at [email protected] Please submit the petition to the 2016 Nomination Committee c/o APA Florida, 2017 Delta Boulevard, Suite 201, Tallahassee, FL, 32303 by 5:00 PM on June 3, 2016. Each petition should clearly identify the proposed candidate and office for which their name is being offered. Each member signing the petition must both print and sign their name, and must include their membership number. If you have any questions about the petition process, please contact the Chapter office.

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2016 APA Florida Election Slate President-Elect Treasurer Secretary VP-Membership Services VP-Section Affairs VP-Professional Development VP-Certification Maintenance VP-Communications VP-Conference Services

Laura Everitt, AICP Josh Long, AICP Brad Cornelius, AICP Tony LaColla, AICP Kim Glas-Castro, AICP Vanessa Christiansen Marcie Stenmark, AICP Lindsay Stevens, AICP Kathie Ebaugh, AICP Doug Kelly, AICP Henry Bittaker, AICP Derek Burr, AICP Alexis Crespo, AICP Allara Mills Gutcher, AICP Jesse Blouin, AICP Michelle Heinrich, AICP Wiatt Bowers, AICP Jay Collins, AICP

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NORTH RANCH MASTER PLAN SHOWS IMPORTANCE OF COLLABORATION By David Powell and Chris Sinclair, AICP The 133,000-acre North Ranch Master Plan in Osceola County represents the culmination of 10 years of the landowner’s collaboration with state, regional, and local governmental entities along with citizen groups and other stakeholders. The plan covers only a portion of the 295,000-acre ranching and farming operation of Farmland Reserve, Inc., an affiliate of The Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-Day Saints doing business as Deseret Ranches of Florida, Inc. (Deseret). Of the planning area, 70 percent is improved pasture, farmland, or rangeland. The land use plan—the largest ever approved in Florida— designates 56,000 acres for permanent protection as environmental or agricultural land with another 20,000 acres for open space, greenways, and parks. It puts in place a framework for eventual urban development on 50,000 acres, accommodating 490,000 people in multiple urban centers by 2080. Significantly, the plan will direct growth east, away from the Northern Everglades. “The North Ranch Master Plan provides a framework to shape how our property will fit into the expansive growth projected for our region over the decades to come,” says Deseret’s General Manager Erik Jacobsen. “We worked with Osceola County and other stakeholders to protect what we all love about living in Central Florida.” Buffeted by growth pressures from the east and west, Deseret beg