What Goes Where: How Do We Honor Our Commitments to Ground Floor Retail?

APA Florida Chapter


Thursday, September 7, 2017
2:45 p.m. - 4 p.m. EDT

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Florida's planners want ground floor retail everywhere! Realistically, this is a challenging, if not impossible, constraint on both development and redevelopment, in our central business districts and in many suburban areas. The challenges are many: economic, population, compatibility with other desired uses, and limited experience among others. Awkwardly codified policies have resulted in vacant store fronts, poorly configured spaces, and missed opportunities for many of our communities.  This session offers insight into the challenges stemming from this form of development and identifies immediate, transitional, and longer term strategies for placing the desirable commercial spaces where they will work best.


Owen Beitsch, FAICP

Invited Speaker

Dr. Beitsch is active in the management and execution of complex studies for public and private clients with a particular interest in special issues confronting downtown and other urban areas, demonstrated by his civic as well as his business activities. He has held an active leadership role in the Tampa ... Read More

Craig Ustler,

Invited Speaker


Jason Burton, AICP

Invited Speaker

Jason Burton, AICP, CNU-A, LEED-AP is a Chief Planner with the City of Orlando, practicing in various land development capacities as a professional planner for over 23 years. During his past thirteen years with the City of Orlando, Jason has been the City’s Zoning Official, managed the City’s ... Read More

John "Jack" C. White

Invited Speaker

Jack is a Principal with White Star Properties and White Challis Redevelopment. Wall Street Lofts was the first urban infill mixed-use project of its kind in Volusia County. White Challis is currently under construction on its second and third new urban subdivision. Jack has served on the Downtown Development Authority ... Read More

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Allara Gutcher, allara@theplanningcollaborative.com