Using Smart Growth Principles to Transform and Connect Our Communities: Lessons from the Past for a Sustainable Future”

This session will be an eye-opener for what lies ahead and how we can manage development to create an enviable region guided by Smart Growth Principles. Learn how we can preserve our environment, provide economic opportunities and create desirable, livable, thriving communities.

Please join us at the Secret Woods Nature Center as an esteemed panel takes you on a journey from urban sprawl to re-ignited interest in livable communities. The speakers will provide an overview of the evolution of South Florida development patterns from the times of the Native Americans and early settlers through today. They will explore how early entrepreneurs set the stage for our land development and growth patterns; how decades of changing technology, public policy and commerce initiated a pattern of sprawl; and how we are using those lessons learned to transform South Florida from a set of separate urban and suburban communities to a Smart Growth region. Overlaying smart growth principles onto our existing communities and connecting infrastructure will allow South Florida’s unique landscape to sustain and grow while preserving our environment, providing economic opportunities and creating desirable communities.

Ms. Briesemeister will be informing the audience with some of the current challenges and efforts that are on-going toward redeveloping our urban and suburban communities.  She will highlight challenges associated with land use and zoning, addressing community “needs” versus “wants” while managing expectations, other internal obstacles (e.g. perceptions of crime) and of course, affordable housing.

Location: Secret Woods Nature Center 2701 W. State Rd. 84, Dania Beach, FL 33312

Time: February 22, 2018 from 11:30 am to 4:30 pm

For more information please visit: SmartGrowthPartnership.org