Pinellas Microbreweries and Planning Discussion
Microbreweries are becoming more and more common in Florida and particularly in Pinellas County. They act as economic development engines that energize commercial strips and older downtowns, and can be a successful adaptive reuse solution for many older buildings. However, these microbreweries can also pose planning and zoning concerns. This session provides information on how planners can encourage this type of development while still addressing planning issues.
The panel discussion will include a presentation from Forward Pinellas staff, who recently published a guide to best practices based on a study of local approaches to regulating and incentivizing microbreweries, as well as planners whose communities have become home to several successful craft breweries.
Karen Lemmons is the Economic Development Manager for the City of Tarpon Springs, and serves as director of the City’s Community Redevelopment Area (CRA). She focuses on business retention, expansion, and attraction, as well as leading marketing and tourism for the City. Prior to coming to Tarpon Springs in ... Read More
Greg Rice has been the Planning & Development Director for the City of Dunedin since July 2008. From 2004 to 2008, he served as the Planning and Community Development Director for the City of Ashland, Kentucky. Working with dedicated professional staff, he has led the following successful City initiatives.
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Alicia Parinello is a Program Planner for Forward Pinellas, focusing on both land use and transportation planning. In addition, she serves as an Employee Advisory Committee Representative for Pinellas County. She is the lead planner for land use map amendments, consistency reviews, and other related tasks. She is the project ... Read More
Linda Fisher, AICP, is a Principal Planner with Forward Pinellas, focusing on land use planning, GIS analysis and local assistance. She coauthored the Countywide Plan for Pinellas County, which coordinates future land use planning for all 25 local governments in the county, and has assisted many local governments with comprehensive ... Read More
Heather M. Urwiller, AICP, is the Director of the Planning and Zoning Department for the City of Tarpon Springs, focusing on all aspects of municipal planning, community and economic development. She has over thirteen years of public sector planning experience spanning three states: the State of Florida, the Commonwealth of ... Read More