2023 CNU Summit Agenda
UCF Downtown | Dr. Phillips Academic Commons | Room 106
528 West Livingston Street, Orlando, Florida 32801
Sessions Location: DPAC 106 | Food & Beverage: Parramore Room | Registration/Check-In: Lobby
Please note: This is a draft schedule subject to change.
Thursday, February 16, 2023
8:30 AM | Registration/Check-In and Coffee Talk
9:00 AM | Opening Remarks
Rick Geller – CNU Florida Board Chair, Fishback Dominick
Billy Hattaway, P.E. – CNU Florida Board Vice Chair, Fehr & Peers
9:05 AM | Creative Village Story and Vision
Learn more about the immersive living laboratory that is home to the 2023 CNU Florida Summit. This 68-acre mixed-use, urban infill development is the result of a public private partnership between the master developer and the City of Orlando. Key elements included the existing Paramore community, collaboration with University of Central Florida and Valencia College, economic/workforce development, a diverse mix of housing types, transit-oriented development and public parks/open space. The master developer, Craig Ustler, will discuss the foundational principles of the New Urbanism that shaped his plan and share his insight on how this transformative development came to life. He will also provide real-world lessons on the balance between planning aspirations as compared to a viable business model.
Speaker: Craig Ustler, MAI, CCIM – President of Ustler Development, Inc.
9:35 AM | Revitalization of the Parramore Neighborhood
A neighborhood whose motto embodies the quote And Still I Rise by Maya Angelou provides the bedrock upon which the Summit will be held. Orlando’s historic Black neighborhood of Parramore is no stranger to economic struggle, racial tensions, and distress. We’ll hear from industry experts and community advocates who have been instrumental in helping to revitalize the heart of Orlando’s Black community.
Walter Hawkins – Director of Urban Development for the City of Orlando (Retired)
Jim Sellen – Principal and Florida Practice Leader at VHB
Natasha Gaye – Executive Director of the Parramore Main Street District
Moderator: Hannah Gutner
10:45 AM | Coffee Break
11:00 AM | Form-Based Codes
As Florida reflects on a decade after the dismantling of DCA, this session taps into the expertise of those who are ushering form-based codes into Florida’s cities and counties across the State. In an effort to keep up with the rising demand of development and prevent sprawling development patterns, we hear from three professionals dedicated to reshaping the development landscape. You don’t want to miss the insights and experience of these experts who are pioneering a new phase of growth in Florida.
Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk – Founding Partner of DPZ CoDesign
Alberto Vargas – Planning Manager at Orange County Government
Tim Maslow – Community Development Director of Groveland, Florida
Moderator: Eliza Harris Juliano – Senior Project Manager at Kimley-Horn
12:00 PM | Lunch & Panel Presentation (Orlando's Food Fight)
Hear from Orlando’s front line in the fight for food access and equality. Moderated by a pioneer in equitable revitalization, John Rife, this panel explores the challenges of connecting food systems of various sizes across Orlando’s sprawling footprint.
Luis Nieves-Ruiz, FAICP - Economic Development Manager for the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council
Raymond Warthen - Co-Founder and President, Infinite Zion Farms
Kristin Anderson - Chief Branch Officer, IDEAS for Us
Moderator: John Rife – Owner and Founder of East End Market in Orlando
1:15 PM | Resiliency and Revitalization
As Florida continues to struggle with the negative impacts of climate change, we’re constantly challenged by how to integrate resiliency into revitalization projects to prevent future disasters. During this presentation, you’ll hear how one consulting firm is working with governments across Central Florida to redefine how we handle water from collection to consumption.
Speaker: Pete Sechler, PLA/AICP – Director, Community Solutions Group of GAI Consultants
2:15 PM | Break
2:30 PM | Lake Wales Connected
Located between sprawling Orlando and Tampa, Lake Wales has the potential to model an exemplar urbanism for the future. Dover-Kohl’s Connect Lake Wales set the framework to revitalize the “Core of Lake Wales.” Building on the work of the Olmsted Brothers historic plan, this new work offers a bold, green vision to develop the downtown on equitable and aesthetic lines. Black community participation has been key to this budding renaissance.
Victor Dover, FAICP, LEED-AP, CNU-A – Founding Principal of Dover, Kohl and Partners
Tiffany Davis – CEO, Wales Pointe
Robert Connors – President of Lake Wales Heritage, an Olmsted Conservancy
Moderator: Bruce Stephenson, Ph. D – Rollins College
3:30 PM | Agrihood and Architecture of Groveland, FL
The cornerstone of revitalization includes the provision of resources that were lost or are not available due to circumstances surrounding the area. This session focuses on how to keep agriculture at the forefront of development from the ground up. Providing for food cultivation in areas of revitalization can be a challenge but is necessary to ensure equity and success of those who inhabit the area.
Geoffrey Mouen, AIA, NCARB, CNU-A, ICAA – Architect
Rick Hall, P.E. – Hall Planning & Engineering, Inc
4:00 PM | FDOT Complete Streets Update
During the pandemic, governments realized the demand for more safe and accessible streets that provide both recreation and travel. While Complete Streets have been slow to make their debut in Florida, we hear from FDOT on what they have planned for the next phase of streets designed for people and cars.
Speaker: DeWayne Carver – FDOT, State Criteria Publications Manager
4:30 PM | Keynote Session: Charrettes - Three New Methods
CNU co-founder and pioneer of sustainable urban development, Andres Duany will reveal the newest charrette strategies that he and his firm DPZ CoDesign are applying in the U.S and worldwide. As the pioneer of the use of charrettes in urban planning, Duany continuously fine tunes how to blend the virtues of top-down and bottom-up planning to apply New Urbanist principles to local circumstances. In his keynote, he will share how he and his team are evolving participatory planning for a more intelligent democracy to ensure a full cross-section of stakeholder engagement.
Speaker: Andres Duany – Founding Partner, DPZ CoDesign
5:30 PM | John Nolen and Barrett Awards Dinner
Location: The Monroe in Creative Village
Friday, February 17, 2023
8:30 AM | Coffee Talk
9:00 AM | CNU: Past, Present, Future
In this session, long-time urbanist and Professor, Dr. Bruce Stephenson, will talk with the new CNU President about where the organization has been and where it is going. We’ll kick off day two inspired by CNU’s vision for the future!
Mallory B.E. Baches, AICP LEED-AP CNU-A – President of CNU
Dr. Bruce Stephenson - Urban Planning Professor at Rollins College
9:30 AM | Equitable Community Development
This is one of the most robust panels on revitalization with leading experts who are responsible for organizing and advancing the equitable revitalization of neighborhoods across the state. Each expert leads an organization or company towards the provision of affordable housing and other supportive resources needed to ensure success in revitalization.
Eddy Moratin – President, Lift Orlando
Mark Brewer – President/CEO, Central Florida Foundation
Frank Wells – President/Chief Impact Officer, Bright Community Trust
Moderator: Carmen Rasnick, MBA, CNU-A – Orange County Government
10:45 AM | Break
11:00 AM | Feature: Polis Institute
Polis Institute expertly advances alignments between core revitalization stakeholders: municipalities, foundations, investors, nonprofits, and the people living in urban neighborhoods ready to thrive.
Speaker: Dr. Bahiyyah Maroon - CEO of the Polis Institute
12:00 PM | Lunch & Lightning Round Speakers
Orlando is home to leading experts working to create a better city and region for all who live here. We’ve cultivated an event where you can learn about their projects, experiences, and efforts in quick yet insightful presentations.
1:00 PM | Habitat for Humanity Model
Learn how Habitat for Humanity helps build generational wealth through homeownership. This session will cover such topics as financing, how Habitat for Humanity acquires properties to build on, and how the program has expanded.
Speaker: Penny Seater - CEO/Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity, Seminole County-Apopka
1:20 PM | Keynote Session: Angie Schmitt of Streetsblog.org
Leading author of all things streets, Angie Schmitt, will bring her expertise and knowledge to the summit and share insights on how to improve the roadways of our community. With many cities in the State of Florida ranking in the top 10 of the Dangerous by Design study each year, we can benefit from how to cultivate safer, more effective street networks.
Speaker: Angie Schmitt
2:25 PM | Closing Remarks
Speaker: Rick Geller - CNU Florida Board Chair, Fishback Dominick
2:30 - 5:00 PM | Parramore Urban Art Bike Tour or LYMMO Bus Rapid Transit Tour (choose one)
Bike Tour Location: Northwest corner of DPAC
The bike tour is a casual paced ride on low volume roads, bike lanes, and trails in downtown Orlando. We encourage you to bring your own bike. We will have a limited number of Lime bikes reserved for the tour, so please let us know if you need to reserve a bike.
Stuart Beal - Florida Freewheelers
Natasha Gaye - Executive Director of Parramore Main Street District
LYMMO Tour Location: UnionWest stop
Tour Guide: Jason Burton - City of Altamonte Springs