The role of affordable housing and land conservation in a vibrant, sustainable community will be discussed at the Sarasota Association of Realtors on Thursday, April 17, 2014 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Affordable Housing and Land Conservation are critical components of sustainable/balanced communities that serve the needs of all residents. Providing a variety of housing types and open space within our neighborhoods and throughout Florida promotes healthy, vibrant, and economically sustainable development for our region, its residents, and visitors. Nationally recognized speakers discuss the “why” and “how” for ensuring our communities invest in both land protection and affordable housing: two complementary elements of smart growth.
Jaimie Ross, Affordable Housing Director at 1000 Friends of Florida and President, Florida Housing Coalition, will explain the context for the development and preservation of affordable housing within Florida’s growth management laws and provide examples of what practices can be implemented at the local level to further affordable housing and conservation, including mixed income and mixed use development, accessory dwelling units, community land trusts, and best practices for ending homelessness and saving taxpayer money.
Debi Osborne, Director of Land Protection for Conservation Foundation of the Gulf Coast and previously the Director of Real Estate for National Audubon Society, will discuss the benefits of land conservation to people, the environment, our communities and the economy; how land is conserved; and give examples of community greening and land protection projects that support community needs and priorities.
The seminar is free to the public and will be held at the Sarasota Association of Realtors, 2320 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota, FL 34232. To register, please call Catherine McCaskill at 941-952-3404, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.