Communities Designed for All Ages: A Lunch & Learn Lecture

With this year’s theme of “Aging in Place” we are pleased to have David Coffey, Esq., who specializes in land-use law, join us in leading the valuable discussion.

He will be sharing observations about how our communities have formed within the last 75 years that have impeded the ability to independently age in place. He will be providing insight into the options to mitigate this situation for Planners through.


 David Coffey, Esquire, CNU, is an attorney, developer and former local elected official. David has 34 years of experience with land use, zoning and development in Florida. He is a graduate of the University of Florida, College of Law and was for ten years a faculty member at its Center for Governmental Responsibility serving as its Local Government Law program director. David is a co-author of the Florida Model Land Development Code and has been consultant to numerous Florida local governments in writing unified land development codes. He served as hearing officer for the City of Orlando, Florida for 14 years hearing land use disputes. He also served as City Attorney for Cedar Key, Florida for 14 years. Today, David maintains a law practice focused primarily on real estate development that conforms to the principles of traditional town planning. He is a founding member of the Congress for New Urbanism. David served two terms as an elected City Commissioner and one term as Mayor of the City of Gainesville. He is also an equity partner in several real estate development projects in Gainesville and Cedar Key, Florida. His experience in academia, municipal government, developer’s advocate and as a developer has given him a well-rounded perspective on the forces that shape development practices. Today, he represents several significant developments in Gainesville and Alachua County pursuing cutting edge new urbanism and transit oriented developments.