EUSTIS — Lake County is hosting an “Envisioning Better Communities Workshop” on Wednesday, July 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Eustis Community Center, 601 Northshore Drive.
The purpose of this workshop, which features well-known land-use planner Randall Arendt and engineer Billy Hattaway, is to help local governments and planning & engineering professionals take advantage of the current economy by reviewing their land development regulations. This lull in development activity provides a rare opportunity to focus on future planning without the distraction of many applications to review and approve.
Arendt is the founder and president of Greener Prospects, a national consulting practice focusing on conservation planning and design. He also serves as the Senior Conservation Advisor at the Natural Lands Trust in Media, Pa., and is the former Director of Planning and Research at the Center for Rural Massachusetts, University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Hattaway is the Managing Director for Transportation at Vanasse Hangen Brustlin in Orlando. He has 31 years of transportation and program management experience with the private sector and Florida Department of Transportation. His recent experience includes street design and traffic analysis for numerous downtown redevelopment projects to create walkable, bike and transit friendly neighborhoods.
The public is invited to attend the workshop. A $10 donation is requested. To reserve a seat, call the Lake County Department of Growth Management at (352) 343-9647.
The workshop is presented by the Lake County Green Team and is sponsored by the Lake County Board of County Commissioners, City of Eustis, City of Leesburg, City of Tavares, Lake-Sumter Metropolitan Planning Organization, Weaver Boos Consultants Southeast, the Orlando Metro Section of the American Planning Association and Vanasse Hangen Brustlin Inc.
In February 2008, Lake County created the Green Team to help bring County Government and the community to the forefront of conservation awareness and practices. The Team is comprised of employees from a variety of County Government departments and the Lake County Health Department. The team is charged with suggesting ways to protect Lake County’s natural resources. For more information about the Lake County Green Team, log on to www.lakecountyfl.gov/green_team/.