Call for Presentations


Ahoy! The Treasure Coast Section is pleased to welcome the APA Florida Annual Conference to Downtown West Palm Beach! We will be meeting September 11-14, 2018 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. The Convention Center is in an ideal locale – conveniently located across the street from CityPlace, a mixed-use complex, with world-class shopping, restaurants, entertainment and residential space in the heart of downtown. And best of all, more than 1,000 hotel rooms are only a few steps away.


The Treasure Coast is comprised of Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Okeechobee County’s. We enjoy pristine coastal areas in the east, as well as rural environmental and agricultural influences in the west. The region is home to portions of Lake Okeechobee, the northern extent of the Everglades, Jonathan Dickinson State Park, The Savannahs, and the St. Lucie and Loxahatchee Rivers.


This large regional planning area faces major storms similar to, and representative of, most of the State. From post-hurricane and housing challenges to mobility and mass transit obstacles, and economic and environmental justice trials, it’s now time for clear sailing.


This year we call on you to help navigate the “Treasure Map to Florida’s Future”. We are looking for dynamic and interesting session proposals, especially in the topic areas listed below. We also welcome research projects at the university level from both professors and students that would be of interest to our membership.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Alex Magee, Executive Director

American Planning Association, Florida Chapter

Ph: 850.201.3272





Weathering the Storm

This Panel Track focuses on resilience/climate change, disaster planning, post hurricane challenges (workforce/temporary housing and relocation), renewable energy, sea level rise, climate planning, adaptation strategies, greenhouse gas reductions and other climate/weather related topics.


Steering the Ship                                                                                       

This Panel Track is related to transportation, complete streets, transportation-oriented development, driverless cars, mass transit, airports, rail, water taxi, tourism, bicycle planning, ports, walkability, streetscapes, street/roadway design, green highways and streets, transportation and development integrated with transportation planning.


Seas the Bounty                                                                                          

This Panel Track centers on economic development, redevelopment, economic justice, environmental justice, neighborhood development, historic preservation, community redevelopment agencies/authorities, gentrification challenges, polluted sites, mixed use, densities, arts districts, business districts and downtown development authorities, urban green spaces, urban agriculture, shared work /office spaces and local economic development.


The Rules of the Sea                                                                               

This Panel Track includes session topics related to Federal and State law and policy such as Florida or Federal legislation, legislative previews/updates, Federal and State housing and planning related agencies, grant and funding strategies, planning law updates, ethics overviews and scenarios, and other specific legal or policy topics.


Safe Seas & Friendly Harbors                                                         

This Panel Track includes open space planning, environmental lands conservation and preservation issues, senior/active living, affordable housing, parks/recreation planning, rural lands, agricultural planning, low impact development & stormwater planning, water quality, planning for natural resources such as exotic management or prescribed burning, landscape codes and tree ordinances and enhancing green space.


Getting Your Sea Legs                                                                           

This Panel Track is geared to share knowledge benefitting new planners with topics such as lessons learned, career development, networking, plan-making, data collection, community engagement techniques, good speaking skills, writing and drafting pitfalls, technical tools and mapping, project finance, involvement in professional associations and professional growth.


Shiver Me Timbers!                                                                                 

This Panel Track includes the hottest and emerging issues facing planners nationally and specifically in Florida such as medical marijuana, sober homes/rehab/opioids, historical monuments and community symbols, 1st Amendment issues and sign regulations, charter schools and education planning, low income housing policy, home rule issues, property rights and agency oversight.



Session proposals should be 75 minutes (90 minutes for law and ethics credits) and are due by 5:00 pm ET on March 30, 2018.


PLEASE NOTE: All sessions must have more than one presenter to be considered.


In order to participate on a session panel, APA and APA Florida members will be required to register for at least the day of the conference on which they will be speaking. Non-members (e.g.: community members, public officials, and auxiliary professionals) are not required to register to participate on a panel.