June 4-5, hundreds of ULI Industry leaders gathered in Ponte Vedra Beach at the Sawgrass Marriott to network and plan future development growth around the South Eastern, U.S. Florida product councils, mirroring the National model, dined together, June 3 and then met the next morning.
The Community and Housing Development Council started with a tour of nearby mater planned community, Nocatee‘s 75 acre amenity park. Tour leader, Parc Group President Rick Ray, explained how important their water feature was in making it the 3rd best selling master planned community in the nation. Legisative updates, Capital and Financing rounded out the council’s agenda.
Notable key note speakers included Global Futurist Jack Uldrich, who explained how important technology is to development. The self diving car for instance will nearly eliminate the need for vast parking lots soon. Mike Belmont, President, Minto Communities moderated one of the concurrent sessions on “Residential Trends Driving Profits”. Other general sessions included a look at Cuba and it’s potential for development as well as “What’s Next-Peeking Around the Corner” with presentations by Sydney Kitson, CEO Kitson & Partners and Peter Rummell, Chairman Rummel Munz Partners. Kitson outlined the status of their 19,000 acre, Babcock Ranch, Ft. Myers and its green partnership with FP&L that promises almost no carbon footprint largely due to solar, wind and other innovations. Rummell introduce a “Healthy Town” project being developed on a reclaimed greenfield in Jacksonville, where unintentional exercise drives residents to all around wellness: mind, body, soul & social. They have a base camp as the community nucleus, not a clubhouse.