Big Highway and Small City Planning: Getting it Right

APA Florida Chapter


Thursday, September 7, 2017
10 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. EDT

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This presentation will focus on how highways and small towns plan, and how often times the goal of each one differs, and is divergent.  The presentation will show and discuss the planning of a small town by-pass that actually is done appropriately, and correctly to the benefit of the town and the traveling public.

This presentation is about public transportation and a small town in the Florida Panhandle and the overall planning processes of the two apparently different entities.

The study and presentation will show the methods that were used to achieve the goal of developing a new highway, which will loop around or by-pass the town, and the process that was used to appropriately develop this new highway, without economic, social, cultural and natural hardship to the town and its people.

The proposed presentation will discuss the planning methods and processes as they pertain to the town and the proposed highway.

The discussion of the methods and processes themselves will illustrate how planning methods can objectively determine the viability and feasibility of potential alternatives for a town and a highway, using factual criteria.    The planning processes used must be held to high ethical and empirical standard, if the study is to succeed. 

Besides, Florida State Regulations and Statutes, the laws and ordinances of the town must be upheld throughout the process.  Additionally, the National Environmental Policy Act or NEPA must held throughout the study in order for the study to be legal and valid.  This will be discussed during the presentation.



Latilda Hughes-Neel, AICP

Invited Speaker

City of Freeport, City Planner. A lifelong native of Northwest Florida, Latilda Hughes received her college education from Chipola Junior College where she majored in Art/Art Education, then from Florida State University, where she enrolled in the Urban and Regional Planning Certification Program while employed as Assistant County Planner ... Read More

Roger J. Menendez, AICP

Invited Speaker

Greenman-Pedersen, Inc., Director of Environmental Services. Masters in Biological Science, 37 years’ experience, previously employed with the Florida Department of Transportation and the Florida Department of Environmental Regulation. Read More

Jeff Schlotter, AICP

Invited Speaker

HW Lochner, Principal Planner. Jeff has 28 years’ experience in Transportation Planning and Engineering. Read More

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