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Tuesday, August 29 • 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Live Local - The Planners Perspective (APA Florida panel)

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The Live Local Act combines funding, land use strategies, tax incentives, and other tools to increase affordable housing, marking a new era in  the Florida Legislature's approach to this issue. This interactive workshop will focus on the Act's new land use tool for developments that set aside at least 40% of its housing as affordable in commercial, industrial, and mixed-use areas. Attendees will learn about and have the chance to discuss in break-out groups Live Local Act's implications for local land use planning, how communities can make the most of the Act to drive housing production, and what comes next for state and local affordable housing land use policy.

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Ali Ankudowich

Technical Advisor, Florida Housing Coalition., Inc.
Ali Ankudowich, AICP, is a Land Use and Planning Technical Advisor with the Florida Housing Coalition. Immediately prior to Ali’s employment with the Florida Housing Coalition, she served for six years as a Senior Planner in Community Planning & Design with Benesch Tampa office... Read More →
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Whit Blanton

President, APA Florida
Whit Blanton is the executive director of Forward Pinellas, a public agency responsible for countywide planning, integrating use and transportation, and setting priorities for state and federal transportation funding. Hired in 2015 upon the merger of the Pinellas County Metropolitan... Read More →
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Lucie Ghioto

Director of Land Acquisition, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando & Osceola County
Lucie has 20 years of experience in public and private planning, with a focus in planning policy, context-sensitive design, and redevelopment. She joined Habitat for Humanity Greater Orlando & Osceola in 2018, and oversees the Affiliate's land development, new construction and repair... Read More →

Catherine Hartley

Community Planning Director, Tindale Oliver
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Melissa Ward

Planning and Development Consultant, Dunlap & Shipman, P.A.
Melissa I. Ward is a certified planner with 20 years of experience in the public and private sectors. She focuses her work towards the provision and advocacy of affordable and attainable housing by guiding applications/permits through processes to expedite development/construction... Read More →

Tuesday August 29, 2023 2:00pm - 3:15pm EDT
Executive Ballroom H