Orlando Regional REALTOR® Foundation to Host Host Country


ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 21 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Orlando Regional REALTOR® Foundation (ORRF) will host an event at City Hall to provide members of the Oviedo community with a glimpse into community building on February 23 at 5:30 p.m. The event, Smart Growth, is in partnership with Urban3, a private consulting firm specializing in land value economics, property tax analysis and community design, and Strong Towns, a non-profit organization which advocates a development model that enables communities to become financially strong and resilient.

Earlier this month, ORRF – the charitable arm of the Orlando Regional Realtor® Association (ORRA) – announced as 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

The presentations will allow the public, elected officials and stakeholders such as real estate agents® to understand and discuss difficult data points about the suburban community, addressing issues such as where new density can be built, how different parts of the city are assessed for taxes or fees, and whether the concurrency of transport will be required 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,” Orlando said. Regional REALTOR.® Candy Cole, Executive Director of the Foundation. “This series of decisions arising from the workshop will impact Central Florida, REALTORS®and owners 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 on the event, click here.

ORRA, which celebrated its 100and 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 created the Orlando Regional Realtor® Foundation, a 501c3 organization, in 2003 to provide affordable and accessible housing for people in need. ORRF’s award-winning Art in Architecture program provides free or discounted housing to veterans.

For more information about ORRF, visit www.OrlandoRealtorsFoundation.org.

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
Thunderous PR for ORRA
(321) 236-0102
[email protected]


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