Pavese Law Firm attorneys present at American Planning Association’s annual conference
Pavese Law Firm attorneys Katherine R. English, Esq.; Neysa Borkert, Esq.; and Kathleen Oppenheimer Berkey, Esq., AICP presented at the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association’s (APA) annual conference held Sept. 12-15 at the Waldorf Astoria Naples. The attorneys are members of Pavese Law Firm’s Land Use and Local Government practice area, which includes assisting clients in all aspects of the ccomprehensive planning, zoning, and development order process.
Planning professionals, business, government, and industry leaders from across the state heard new and innovative planning techniques related to transportation, environment, redevelopment, and economic development relevant to Southwest Florida’s growth management practices. The event was hosted by the Florida Chapter of the APA, an independent, not-for-profit educational organization that aims to advance the art and science of planning at the local, regional, state, and national levels.
Pavese Law Firm attorneys Katherine R. English, Esq. and Neysa Borkert, Esq. shared their presentation: “You say Tomato, I say Tomato - The Challenges of Planning for Farming in Urban, Suburban and Rural Settings” providing an in-depth analysis of the challenges of planning for agriculture in urban, suburban and rural areas, along with a discussion of the need for balance between regulatory standards and the right to grow and produce one’s own food. This session addressed conflicts that may arise between personal growers, commercial growers, private communities, and regulatory bodies through a group planning exercise.
In her presentation titled, “What the Scuttlebutt is All About: Opportunities and Incentives for Renewable Energy in Florida” Kathleen Oppenheimer Berkey, Esq., AICP gave an introduction to renewable energy including brownfield reuse in Florida. A panel of industry leaders followed the discussion exploring Florida’s potential for solar, photovoltaics, biofuel, wave-energy, and wind energy; how to best select a site and prepare it for development; and steps local governments can take to promote renewable energy in their communities.
Berkey also co-presented on job search strategies for professional planners. The presentation titled “Batten Down the Hatches: Tips for a Successful Job Search in Today’s Economy” provided participants with tactics for best marketing yourself and your skills to find a satisfying job in planning. Topics included effective job searching, resume drafting, cover letter drafting, networking, and online branding.
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