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The Department of Urban and Regional Planning is pleased to present Planning Day 2010's Ethics Panel

March 15, 2010


Richard Schneider is a professor of urban and regional planning at the University of Florida’s College of Design, Construction and Planning. Dr. Schneider’s teaching and research focus on place-based crime prevention planning (including CPTED issues), on anti-terrorist applications and on community planning and development issues, including conflict management (“ADR”). He received his urban planning certificate in 1978 from the Urban and Regional Development Center (URDC) and his doctorate from the University of Florida in 1981. He has taught at the University of Manchester (UK), Sheffield Hallam University (UK) and at the University of Arizona. Among other courses, he presently teaches “Ethics and Administration”. He is the author of numerous articles on crime prevention planning-related issues, and co-author of two books, Planning for Crime Prevention: A Trans-Atlantic Perspective (Routledge 2002) and Crime Prevention and the Built Environment (Routledge 2007).

Dr. Schneider is a practicing urban planner and works closely with local law enforcement agencies on security planning surveys and applications. He is co-author of UN-HABITAT’s Global Report on Human Settlements 2007, which dealt with “Threats to Human Security” including crime, violence and terrorism (Earthscan 2007) and author of Violence, Public Health and Urban Life, in Urban Health: A Global Perspective published by (Jossey-Bass/John Wiley & Sons, 2010).

Dr. Schneider has been a University of Florida Research Foundation Professor (2007-2009), and was selected as the College of DCP’s “International Educator of the Year in 2009.

He is a charter APA member and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.


Donald A. Neu, AICP, is a certified planner with over 25 years of professional experience in the areas of land development and public involvement projects. Mr. Neu has served on the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association state ethics committee and has participated in coordinating state-wide efforts in preparing for annual ethics related secessions and tests that relate to the AICP Code of Ethics. He has been a guest lecturer at the University of Florida for graduate urban planning, architecture and law students on the subject of ethics and management for both the pubic and private sectors.

In his current position with WilsonMiller, Mr. Neu serves as project manager for both public and private sector clients, working on comprehensive plan amendments, rezoning, land development codes, long-range planning efforts, developments of regional impact, and site feasibility studies. Before joining Wilson Miller, from 1998 to 2002, he served as the general manager of land development services for Sarasota County, overseeing 70 employees and an annual budget exceeding $4 million. He is credited with modernizing the development review process in Sarasota County.

Mr. Neu is a member of the American Planning Association; the American Public Works Association; Manatee/Sarasota Home Builders Association Board of Directors, Chair of Government Affairs, Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association, Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, Government Issues Committee; Florida Planning and Zoning Association, Heartlands Chapter President.

Valerie J. Hubbard, AICP, LEED AP, is Akerman Senterfitt’s Director of Planning Services and one of the state’s leading practitioners in the area of planning and growth management. With almost 30 years experience as a professional planner, Ms. Hubbard has played a key role in the innovative planning efforts of several Florida communities and in shaping growth management programs at the state level.

Ms. Hubbard’s extensive and in-depth experience includes formulating, reviewing and implementing comprehensive plans, land development regulations, DRIs, special area and neighborhood plans, design standards, concurrency management regulations and sustainable planning practices. Over 23 years, she held key local planning positions in Gainesville, Orlando and Tallahassee, all known for their outstanding and sustainable planning programs. Her work has involved development of numerous special area plans to address sustainability at the neighborhood and sector levels and incorporating these special area plans into broader comprehensive planning programs. Ms. Hubbard’s lengthy and strong background in sustainability principles also includes her early work on a state energy program that led to her energy-related master’s thesis, her role in drafting one of Florida’s first energy elements, leadership of Orlando’s Sustainable Communities Program and earning the LEED Accredited Professional credential.

Since joining the private sector in 2007, Ms. Hubbard has worked with both public and private sector clients. Her public sector clients have included the cities of Gainesville and Deltona as well as Flagler County. Private sector clients have included development interests throughout Florida, particularly in the Central, Southeast and Panhandle regions. Ms. Hubbard has represented private clients as an expert witness and lobbyist and on a range of entitlement projects that include rezonings, subdivisions, developments of regional impact (DRIs) and large-scale comprehensive plan amendments. Ms. Hubbard’s thorough knowledge of the planning and entitlement process has also made her an effective project manager for her clients.

V. Gail Easley, FAICP, is an adjunct lecturer in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Florida, while also running The Gail Easley Company. Ms. Easley has worked with many groups, as a director of planning, in both the public and private sectors. She is active in the American Planning Association, having served on the Elections Committee, the Fellows Committee of AICP, and the National Ethics Committee, among other positions. Ms. Easley is a former president of the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association.

Ms. Easley has a long history of teaching planning courses and has published articles in multiple planning publications, including Zoning Practice and the Florida Planning Commissioner Handbook.

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