Turning Planning into Practice: A Partnership between the City of Casselberry and UCF

APA Florida Chapter


Thursday, September 7, 2017
4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. EDT

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The City of Casselberry entered into a partnership with the University of Central Florida's Masters in Urban and Regional Planning Program to add a health element to the City's Comprehensive Plan. The built environment impacts the health and wellbeing of all citizens, and as such, Casselberry and UCF are applying best practices from around the country to rise to the challenge of improving the health of residents in Casselberry.

Creating healthy built environments and communities is important to everyone and widely accepted by professionals and students across our field. However, the process by which we integrate a health-centric paradigm into the community planning process is not.

In order to align the City with this paradigm, Casselberry partnered with UCF Graduate Planning Students to create a NEW Health Element within the Comprehensive Plan.

This new element relies upon research of health indicators, best practices, census tract data, survey results and data from the City to create goals, objectives and policies that the City can utilize for new developments as the City grows.

This proposed session will discuss three topics: forming the partnership with UCF, the research and analysis the students completed for this element, and how the City is moving forward to implement these policies within the built environment.


Christina Hyson

Invited Speaker

City of Casselberry, Planner I.

Dean Fathelbab

Invited Speaker

Dean graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning in 2016. Dean is an alumnus of the AmeriCorps Vista and State and National programs and served over 2,000 hours of community service in the areas of economic development, community revitalization and community ... Read More

Emily Hanna

Invited Speaker

City of Casselberry, Chief Planner. Emily graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning in 2015. Emily worked previously at Orange County within the Neighborhood Preservation and Revitalization Division as a project coordinator for both their grants program and Orange County’s sustainability ... Read More

Contact Info

Julia Magee, fapa@floridaplanning.org