The Orlando Regional REALTOR® Foundation to Host the Nation’s Leading Community Development Experts for a Conversation at City Hall in Oviedo

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ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 21 Feb. 23, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Orlando Regional REALTOR® Foundation (ORRF) will host a public event to provide members of the Oviedo community with insight into community development on Feb. 23 at 5:30 p.m. pm The event, Smart Growth, is in partnership Urban3a private consulting firm specializing in land value economics, property tax analysis, and community design, and Fortified townsa non-profit organization that champions a development model that empowers communities to become financially strong and resilient.

Earlier this month, ORRF – the charitable arm of the Orlando Regional Association of Realtors (ORRA) – announced that he was the recipient of a $10,000 Smart Growth Grant from the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). The purpose of the grant is to help educate Oviedo residents about the impact of their urban design choices following recent findings from Urban3 data and to help establish long-term strategies to help address current budget deficits while minimizing tax increases. The event will be the first initiative under the grant.

The Smart Growth event will feature presentations from the country’s most innovative experts in community development, including:

  • Joseph Minicozzi (Urban3), a pioneer of geospatial representations of economic productivity, whose work visually shows the economic consequences of land use decisions and the value of well-designed cities
  • Charles (“Chuck”) Marohn (Founder and President of Strong Towns), professional engineer and land use planner with decades of experience after earning a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the ‘University of Minnesota

Presentations will allow the public, elected officials and stakeholders such as REALTORS® to understand and discuss difficult data points about the suburban community, addressing issues such as where new density can be built, the how different parts of the city are assessed for taxes or fees, and whether concurrency of transportation will be needed for new developments.

“We want to ensure that members of the Oviedo community, as well as city council members and planners, understand the potential long-term impact of their development and land use decisions,” said said Candy Cole, executive director of the Orlando Regional REALTOR® Foundation. “This series of decisions arising from the workshop will impact the Central Florida region, realtors and landlords for years to come.”

In the months following the presentation, the city council will vote on how to move forward with an updated master plan, a new land use code and possibly a fire district.

The event is open to the public and will be held at CrossLife Church, 45 W Broadway St., Oviedo, FL. For more information about the event, click here.

ORRA, which celebrated its 100th anniversary last year, is now the seventh largest real estate association in the country. ORRA members are deeply involved in the community, from volunteer work to charitable donations. ORRA established the Orlando Regional REALTOR® Foundation, a 501c3 organization, in 2003 to provide affordable, accessible housing for those in need. ORRF’s award-winning Art in Architecture program provides free or discounted housing to veterans.

For more information on ORRF, visit

Orlando Regional Realtor® Association, recognized as one of the most innovative local real estate associations in the nation, represents more than 20,000 real estate professionals throughout Central Florida.

Media Contact:Hannah Young Uproar PR for ORRA (321) 236-0102[email protected]

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Source: Orlando Regional Association of Realtors