SurfcoastChapterFebruary 2019The President’s CornerBoard OfficersBy Scott AshleyPresidentScott AshleyVice PresidentJohn StockhamSecretaryColleen MilesTreasurerBecky MendezNewsletterBelinda CollinsProf. DevelopmentScott McGrathBoard DirectorDave CastagnacciImmediate PastPresidentHelen LaValleyInside this issue:President’s Corner12019 State Conference Info2Conference SessionProposal3-4State Awards Info5-7Conference Update82018 Awards9Previous Events10Upcoming Events11Member Profile12ChapterSponsors13-14Treasurer’s Reportand Contacts15The chapter continues to focus onproviding interesting and beneficial programs and events for our members. Weended 2018 with our annual meeting and10th Anniversary awards gala. This edition of the newsletter highlights theaward winners. Congratulations to the2018 winners!In addition, I am proud to announce yourFPZA - Surfcoast Chapter was onceagain named Chapter of the Year at the66th Annual Florida Planning and ZoningAssociation State Conference held inOrlando, June 2018. A huge thank you tothe Board of Directors, all members andsponsors for your continuing support andinvolvement to help grow and maintainSurfcoast as the largest and most activechapter in the FPZA.The Surfcoast Chapter hosted and/orcohosted several event programs in thelast year covering several diverse topicsand fields, such as an environmentalboat tour of the Indian River with our fellow planning organization, APA-FloridaAtlantic Coast Section, to learning aboutbeach lighting and sea turtles regulations, gaining an insight to manufacturingjobs options in Volusia County, andlearning about a unique affording housing program in Daytona Beach.I want to remind our membership andpotential sponsors that summer is nottoo far away and that means state conference time. This year’s annual FPZAState Conference will be in Key WestJune 5-7. Your own Surfcoast Chapter ishosting this special destination conference. Be sure to sign up early! More details about the events and conferencedetails are provided in the newsletter.Your board continuously plans for eventsconcerning local topics of interest that wehope will be interesting and highly informative. If you have a topic or event suggestionthat you would like the chapter to consider,please contact any board member with yourinformation.Our inclusive organization welcomes allmembers of the various agencies and professional disciplines involved in the planningand development industry that seek to promote good planning and development practices and dedicated to a positive balancebetween growth and the environment. Asthis will help maintain a vibrant local economy and protect the natural beauty of theVolusia and Flagler counties. Thank you allfor your continued support and participationin FPZA - Surfcoast Chapter.Scott AshleyChapter PresidentUpcoming EventsMarch 2019Kermit Key Lime Pie FactoryDeLandApril 2019Dolphin/Estuary CruiseNew Smyrna BeachJune 201967th Annual State ConferenceKey WestDecember 2019Annual Gala







Florida Planning and Zoning Association’s67th Annual State Conference UpdatesIt’s that time of year for a conference! We invite you to join us in Key West, Florida for the 67th annual stateconference being held from June 5th through the 7th.The conference committee is hard at work planning the event. Our goal is to have a laid back conference think combination conference/vacation. We want you to attend the conference and also enjoy the Keys!Note: the hotel will honor the discounted room rate for the entire week. Because the conference information isconstantly changing and being revised the chapter is posting current information on a daily, sometimes hourly, basis. So continue to check the website for updated details.REGISTRATION:Registration is now open. You can register online or complete the form and mail it in with your check. Thedeadline for early registration is May 4th, 2019. Plan accordingly!HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS:The conference is being held at the DoubleTree/Hilton Grand Key Resort. The hotel reservation informationcan be found in this edition of the newsletter and on our website. Please be aware that the deadline totake advantage of the hotel discount rate is May 4th, one month before the conference. The hotel willhonor the room discount from Monday, June 3rd through Sunday June 9th. So make a vacation of it!SESSIONS:Still time to submit a session proposal. The theme is Planning for the Winds of Change. The draft schedule is posted on our website and changes daily sometimes hourly. I want to encourage you to submit a proposal even if it appears from the schedule that the sessions are full. At this time, there are several sessionspeakers that are not confirmed. Remember, the schedule changes daily! The proposals we have receivedare an interesting mix of topics.Our mobile tours are confirmed. The first is a tour of the Truman Complex, a historic site that served as thewinter White House for President Harry S. Truman from 1946-1952 and continued to be used by later Presidents. The other tour is a Historic Harbor Tour which will take you by boat around the island as your guideprovides the history of forts, shipwrecks, legends of Key West!SPONSORSHIPS:The Chapter is seeking sponsorships to assist with the conference. The conference provides your firm/company the ability to share information about your business and the services available. Your sponsorshipbenefits the chapter by assisting in defraying the conference costs – BUT - it also gets your business information out there! Our members are statewide and from various disciplines with the majority being local government representatives. If we can help promote your services consider itdone!! Sponsorships are not only monetary they can be in other forms also,such as providing graphic services or AV services and equipment. We doappreciate all our sponsors and their support!VOLUNTEERS:We will be seeking volunteers to assist at the conference. If you would like tovolunteer please contact any of the conference committee members for moreinformation.If you have any questions or need more information related to the conference, please contact our conference committee members:Helen LaValley, Conference Chair, Session CoordinatorBecky Mendez, Registration Chair, Session SchedulerColleen Miles, Sponsorship ChairDave Castagnacci, Mobile Tour ChairSEE YOU IN THE KEYS!8


2018 EventsThe Chapter was busy planning last year!January 26, 2018- Why Solar Energy – 1.5 creditsThe seminar focused on getting a better understanding of solar energy use, its benefits,and programs.April 20, 2018 – Environmental Boat Tour, Marine Discovery Center – 2.0 creditsIn association with the Atlantic Coast section of FAPA, this tour lasted two hours andcovered the breeding areas of pelicans, dolphin habitat, and the ecosystem of the saltwatermarsh.May 18, 2018 – Beach Lighting and Sea Turtles – 2.0 creditsThis event covered the use of lighting on or near the beach and how to shield them andmeet federal and local requirements.August 10, 2018 – JOBS! Manufacturing Sector – 1.5 creditsThis seminar explained about the types of manufacturing jobs that are available in thelocal economy and the types of training programs that are available to area residents.September 15, 2018—Annual Community Service Project.The chapter teamed with VCARD to do a coastal cleanup.October 26, 2018 – Affordable Housing – 2.0 creditsThe focus of this presentation was on the local coalition in Daytona Beach the finds andleases affordable housing units to area residents that meet certain qualifications.In late 2018 the Chapter updated their logo! See new logo below:10

2019 EventsFebruary 22, 2019—CERTUS Primary Care Memory Center in OrangeCity.This event made us aware that 5.7 million Americans are living with dementia. By 2050, this number is projected to rise to nearly 14 million. The CERTUS staff provided a lunch and tour of the newest premiere memory careliving facility. Ms. Kim Smith discussed the planning of the facility and theincorporation of evidence-based design concepts, such as small communities and Town Centers and how they benefit the residents. This will be a val-Upcoming Chapter Events:March 21, 2019—The Chapter will tour the Key Lime Pie Factoryin DeLand. You will see firsthand the manufacturing process.Please be aware that lunch is not included with this event. Theattendees are welcome to meet at the Table Restaurant in downtown DeLand for lunch.April 2019— Enjoy a Dolphin/Estuary Cruise on the Halifax River in New Smyrna Beach. More details soon.June 5-7, 2019—Join us in Key West, Florida as the Chapterhosts the 67th Annual State Conference. The hotel block andregistration are now open. Please check our website for more information.11

FPZA Quarterly Newsletter - Planning ProfileSamantha WestVolusia County Planning DepartmentCan you give us a li le background on where you are from, and how you arrived here?I grew up in Sorrento, FL . College took me to Tallahassee, for 6 years & completed a Bachelorof Arts in History. I moved back to Sorrento to be with my mother & married my high schoolsweetheart. As a law enforcement officer with Fish and Wildlife, his job dictated what countywe lived in, and that's how we arrived in Volusia. I also have a Graduate Cer ficate in Ecological Restora on from the University of Florida and am an ISA Cer fied Arborist.Can you tell us about your family?My husband & I have been married for almost 4 years & have no children at this me—maybein the next few years. My father & stepmother live in DeLand & I have a 9 month old sisterthat I adore. My mother passed away a few years ago. I have a younger brother who servedas a Marine & a ends Seminole State with a concentra on in environmental science.What made you want to become a planner, or did it just happen?I’ve always wanted to work in government. I enjoy the research & history but I found joy inthe finding the development pa ern of a parcel or an area. I am currently a Land Development Assistant. Volusia County is my forever home and being a part of current & future development is exci ng. I look forward to becoming a Planner.What responses do people give you when you tell people you meet you are a planner? TalkingGOPs, What are the Goals you hope to obtain in your planning career?It never fails, everyone asks, “A party planner?” Obtaining my masters in Planning.What improvements would you like to see in the community you live in?I’m focused on understanding how West Volusia became what it is. Then I can weigh in.What are your favorite hobbies and how do you enjoy your free me?Anything to do with plants. I have a garden and make jellies & jams. I’m also a part of theNa ve Plant Society and volunteer at the Marine Discovery Center with their Shuck & Shareprogram. I’m working on becoming a Florida Master Naturalist as well.Do you find yourself “planning” when you travel to new places or even see certain things onyour daily rou nes?Since I’ve fully immersed myself in all things “Florida,” be it environmental or development, Iam always “planning.”Do you have any pets?I have 2 dogs and 1 cat. Delta, a Belgian Malinois is the baby at 3; Annabelle, the black cat is6; and Bonnie, a Basset Hound, is 9. She’s been with me since Sophomore year in college.12

2018 SponsorsFPZA Surfcoast ChapterPlatinum SponsorsThis spot is reserved for you!Please contact Scott Ashley, Chapter President at: [email protected]

Gold Sponsorscon nuedTom Harowski, AICP386-316-8426tmhconsul ng@cfl.rr.com14

THANK you to Tom Brooks, Joel Ivey and Tom Harowski, three original chapter directors who retired from the Board this year. In recognition of your years of loyalty anddedication to the FPZA Surfcoast Chapter, and your willingness to share your time andknowledge with its members. We appreciate your contributions.Your Contacts for 2018 /2019NameScott AshleyJohn StockhamColleen MilesBecky MendezJohn ThomsonScott McGrathHelen LaValleyDave CastagnacciEmail AddressBoard Position/ Committee .orgVice [email protected] [email protected] [email protected] Immediate Past ’s ReportBecky Mendez, AICP — Chapter TreasurerThe Chapter’s final 2018 financial report includes a beginning balance on January 1, 2018 of 9,962.70 and an ending balance on December 31, 2018 of 9,786.04 for a net loss of 176.66. 2018 revenues totaled 7,179.44 and expenditures totaled 7,356.10.Surfcoast ChapterWWW.FPZASURFCOAST.ORGAND REMEMBER TO LIKE OUR FACEBOOK PAGE!15

8 Florida Planning and Zoning Association's 67th Annual State Conference Updates It's that time of year for a conference! We invite you to join us in Key West, Florida for the 67th annual state conference being held from June 5th through the 7th. The conference committee is hard at work planning the event.