Akerman Logo
Valerie J. Hubbard, FAICP
Valerie J. Hubbard, FAICP
Director of Planning Services *
106 East College Avenue
12th Floor
Tallahassee, FL 32301
 
Tel:
850.224.9634
Fax:
850.222.0103
 
 

Valerie Hubbard offers clients extensive knowledge of planning principles and requirements, insight into the development review processes of Florida's local and state governments and a broad network of contacts in regulatory agencies. Her experience includes crafting and implementing comprehensive plans, land development regulations, Developments of Regional Impact (DRIs), special area and neighborhood plans, design standards, concurrency management regulations and sustainable planning practices. Val served as Director of the Division of Community Planning at the Florida Department of Community Affairs (DCA) from 2003 to January 2007. While at DCA, Val worked with the Governor's office and Legislature on numerous critical planning issues, including school concurrency, proportionate fair share mitigation, capital improvements programming and coastal high hazard areas. Additionally, for over 23 years, Val held key planning positions in several of Florida's local governments.

Val provides planning services to both private and public sector clients throughout the state on a wide variety of planning challenges. She represents clients as an expert witness and lobbyist and works with private clients on a range of entitlement projects that include rezonings, subdivisions, DRIs, and comprehensive plan amendments. She assists local governments with comprehensive, special area and CRA plans, as well as land development codes. She has been inducted into the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) College of Fellows and is a LEED Accredited Professional.
 
Awards & Recognition
-
American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP), Fellow
 
-
U.S. Green Building Council LEED® Accredited Professional (LEED AP)
 
-
Florida Department of Community Affairs, Most Valuable Planner, 2006
 
Published Works & Lectures
-
Frequent speaker and writer on an array of planning topics, including growth management requirements, comprehensive and special area planning, sustainable planning and design, development incentives, and the entitlement process.
 
 
Publications
 
-
Guide to Doing Business in Florida, Co-Author, "Land Use: Easements and Zoning," September 2013
 
-
Guide to Doing Business in Florida, Co-Author, "Real Estate Regulation," August 2011
 
-
Florida Real Estate Journal, Co-Author, "Community Planning Act Means Landmark Changes," 2011
 
-
Real Estate Finance, Author, "Implementing the 'Community Renewal Act'," October 2009
 
-
First Monday, Author, "New Legislation," September 2009
 
-
Quality Cities, Author, "Requirements for Fiscally Responsible Comprehensive Plans," September/October 2006
 
 
Presentations
 
-
Lorman National Teleconference, Speaker, "Planning and Zoning Techniques for Open Space Preservation," August 2010
 
-
American Planning Association, Mississippi Chapter, Hernando, MS, Speaker, "Planning the Energy Efficient Community: How the Built Environment Affects Energy Consumption," November 2009
 
-
American Planning Association, Florida Chapter, Jacksonville, FL, Speaker, "Costs of Going Green," September 2009
 
-
Urban Land Institute Workshops, Orlando, Miami, Panama City, Florida, Speaker, "The 'Community Renewal Act': What Does It Really Mean?," June-August 2009
 
-
Lorman National Teleconference, Speaker, "Making It Through the Land Entitlement Process," June 2009
 
-
Lorman Workshop, Pensacola, Florida, Speaker, "Zoning and Land Use: Comprehensive Planning," March 2008
 
-
Florida Association of Counties, St. John's County, FL, Speaker, "Impediments and Incentives for Infill Development," November 2007
 
-
American Planning Association, North Carolina Chapter, Keynote Speaker, "Urban, Rural and Everything in Between," September 2007
 
-
Florida Chamber of Commerce, Orlando, Florida, Speaker, "The Facilities Challenge - Exploring School Concurrency and Alternatives," June 2007
 
-
American Planning Association, Florida Chapter, St. Petersburg, FL, Speaker, "Public Participation: How Much is Too Much?," September 2005
 
Professional Memberships & Activities
-
AICP Commissioner, Region III - Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Tennessee, 2008-2016
 
-
American Planning Association, Florida Chapter, President, 2004-2006; President-Elect, 2002-2004; Vice-President, Professional Development, 2000-2002; Orlando Metro-Section, President, 1993-1994; Director, 1992-1993; Member, 1981-Present
 
-
Urban Land Institute, Associate Member, 2010-Present
 
-
Sunrise Rotary Club, Tallahassee, Member, 2003-Present
 
Related Professional Experience
-
Department of Community Affairs, Division of Community Planning, Director, 2003-2007
 
-
Tallahassee-Leon County Planning Department, Chief of Comprehensive and Environmental Planning, 1999-2003
 
-
City Planning Bureau, City of Orlando, Florida, Bureau Chief, 1992-1999; Growth Management Division, Assistant City Planning Bureau Chief, 1990-1992
 
-
City of Kissimmee, Florida, Director of Community Development, 1990
 
-
City of Gainesville, Florida, Community Planner/Chief of Comprehensive Planning, 1984-1989; Associate Planner, 1981-1984
 

Associated News, Events and Publications
News
Publications


Valerie J. Hubbard, FAICP

Practice
Real Estate
Representative Clients
Public sector clients have included:
City of DeBary
City of Deltona
Town of Eatonville
City of Gainesville
Flagler County
Education
M.A., University of Florida, 1981; Urban and Regional Planning
M.A., University of Florida, 1976; French Language and Literature
B.A., University of South Alabama, 1973; French and Spanish
Bar Admissions
* Not admitted to the practice of law
 
 
Home | Contact Us | Terms & Privacy Policy | Disclaimer | Follow Akerman on Twitter   Connect with Akerman on LinkedIn
©2014 Akerman LLP, Akerman (Nevada) LLP. Attorney Advertising.