Urban and Regional Planning Distinguished Lecture Series


Welcome to the 9th Annual UCF Urban and Regional Planning Distinguished Lecture Series!

Spring 2019

The 9th Annual Urban and Regional Planning Distinguished Lecture Series spring lecture will take place on Thursday, March 28th at the UCF Downtown Executive Development Center. The lecture will begin at 6:30 PM and will be preceded by a networking happy hour at 5:30PM.

This semester we have the pleasure of welcoming nationally recognized public health, planning, and transportation consultant, Mark Fenton.

Free and open to public. Seating is limited. RSVP below.
*Some attendees may be eligible to receive AICP credits.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

UCF Downtown Executive Development Center within the Ying Academic Center - Auditorium
36 West Pine Street, Orlando, FL 32801

Social Hour and Networking
5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 
Light Appetizers and Cash Bar

6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 



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Topic and Distinguished Lecturer

Distinguished Lecturer Joe Minicozzi

Distinguished Lecturer
Joe Minicozzi, AICP
Principle, Urban3

Land use economics is an effective tool to understand ways a community can proactively manage growth. It is also a fiscally smart way to use land more wisely. However, few communities consider the important role that the value of land plays in land use planning, zoning, placemaking and capital improvement planning. The goal for Urban3's lectures is to change the way people think about the cost of development, sprawl and the value of land. 
Joe Minicozzi, Urban3's principal and innovative urban economist and planner, leads the presentations and guides participants to gain a better understanding of the tie between economic productivity and community vitality through land use. 
The general learning objectives for Urban3's lectures include:

  • Developing an understanding about how land use and zoning effects a city's economic productivity and vitality
  • Discovering the ways land use and zoning policies are connected to built environments, and implications of those connections
  • Understanding how tax policy's role in shaping the built environment
  • Gaining new perspective on urban development patterns, and how tax and fiscal policy can fuel market demand for sprawl

To find out more about Urban3 and to listen to or watch previous lectures, please visit the following links with short videos (3-4 min each).
Value of Downtowns
Fiscal Benefits of a Revitalized Asheville

About Joe Minicozzi
Joe Minicozzi is an urban planner imagining new ways to think about and visualize land use, urban design and economics. Joe founded Urban3 to explain and visualize market dynamics created by tax and land use policies. Urban3's work establishes new conversations across multiple professional sectors, policy makers, and the public to creatively address the challenges of urbanization. Urban3's extensive studies have ranged geographically from over 30 states, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

Joe holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Miami and Master of Architecture and Urban Design from Harvard University. In 2017, Joe was recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential Urbanists of all time.

Moderator and Panelists


Dr. Owen Beitsch, PhD, FAICP is the Senior Director for Economic and Real Estate Advisory Services at GAI Community Solutions Group. With 30 years of experience as a principal planner, providing analytical advice to the planning, design, legal and community development industries, Beitsch brings a unique perspective of planning law as a part-time faculty member at the UCF MSURP program.


Elisabeth J. Dang, AICP - Chier Planner, City of Orlando
Elisabeth is the Chief Planner for the City of Orlando’s Comprehensive Planning Studio.  She has served Orlando in various roles since 2004, and currently coordinates amendments to the City’s comprehensive plan to address long-range issues including water supply, smart growth, transportation improvements, energy efficiency, and preservation of open space.  Elisabeth also assists developers obtaining land use approvals for large-scale projects such as Florida Hospital, Lake Nona/Medical City, and Creative Village. Prior to moving to Central Florida, Elisabeth worked as a researcher for the National Center for Smart Growth Research and Education and as a consultant for ICF International in Fairfax, Virginia. Elisabeth has a master’s degree in Community Planning from the University of Maryland, and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Bryn Mawr College.

Susan E. Caswell, AICP- Assistant Community Development Administrator, Osceola County
As the Assistant Community Development Administrator for Osceola County, Susan oversees several departments including Planning and Design, Parks and Public Lands, and Sports and Event Facilities. She developed the County’s Strategy for a Sustainable Future, which addresses key County issues including fiscal sustainability. Prior to joining Osceola County in 2014, Susan worked at Orange County for eight years as Planning Manager and Assistant to the Director of Community Development Services. As Planning Manager, she managed a staff of 25 working with issues related to comprehensive planning, development, and infill and redevelopment. As Assistant to the Director she managed interdivisional projects, including the Mayor’s regulatory streamlining initiative and development of the County’s Sustainability Plan. She has a master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Florida.

Craig Ustler, MAI, CCIM - President, Ustler Development, Inc.
Craig is the president of Ustler Development, Inc. which focuses on urban infill real estate and business development in downtown Orlando. He is the developer of many notable projects including the Residence Inn Downtown Orlando, 800 North Orange Office Building, The Ivy Apartments at Healthy Village, GAI Building, 801 North Orange and Thornton Park Central. Craig has executed development projects collectively valued at over $200 million. Craig is leading the master development team for Creative Village in downtown Orlando. He is also developing several vertical projects at Creative Village, including a $105 million student housing project that is under construction and will be completed in August 2019 concurrent with the opening of the UCF/Valencia Downtown Campus. He is an owner/partner of several acclaimed downtown Orlando restaurants, including Soco and Reyes Mezcaleria. Craig’s educational background includes a BA in Urban Economics and a master degree in Real Estate and Urban Analysis from the University of Florida.


Thank you to our sponsors!

Metroplan Orlando

GAI Consulants

Ustler Group of Companies

Orlando Meto Sectionr


Early sign up has been closed. But there are still seats avaiable for the lecture. You can still join us tonight for the lecture. See you there!