Smart Growth Advisory Board Meets

SGAB Chair Georgia Meacham convened the advisory board Tuesday to talk about the state of the NAR Community Outreach Grants, the On Common Ground magazine and other related topics to smart growth. The grants have been more successful year after year for local and state associations, enabling REALTORS® to have meaningful engagement with local policymakers in the areas of smart growth, housing opportunity, placemaking, and diversity. A portion of the proposed dues increase is dedicated to funding these grants that are monies going back directly to local and state associations. Personally, I believe this is one of the best local lobbying tools available to our members.

The current On Common Ground magazine is dedicated to fair housing and is a testament to how vital the REALTOR®’s role is in affirmatively promoting fair housing in the communities we serve.

The ten Smart Growth principles are:

  1. Create a range of employment opportunities.
  2. Mix land uses.
  3. Take advantage of compact building design.
  4. Create walkable neighborhoods and a range of housing opportunities and choices.
  5. Foster distinctive, attractive communities with a strong sense of place.
  6. Preserve open space, farmland, natural beauty, and critical environmental areas.
  7. Strengthen and direct development towards existing communities.
  8. Provide in advance a variety of transportation choices, urban and social infrastructure based on population projections.
  9. Make development decisions sustainable, predictable, fair, and cost-effective.
  10. Encourage community and stakeholder collaboration in development decisions.

Veronica Malolos

Veronica Malolos, CRB, is a Commercial Realtor and CCIM Candidate. In 2014, she was mentored and then hired in 2015 by CCIM 2017 Global President, Robin Webb, at NAI Realvest. Her personal notable transactions include land sales for Walmart Neighborhood Market Store, St. Cloud Preparatory Academy, Carrousel Therapy Center, Cameron Preserve (a 200 unit multi-family site), Stevens Crossings Retail Village, Kid City USA, leases for Florida Congressman Darren Soto, Centerstate Automotive Inc. and a repurposed bank sale for St. Cloud Compounding Pharmacy. In her recent past, she was the Managing Broker of the top producing residential Remax office in her market area for four years. In her community of Osceola County, Florida, she is the Chair of the County Planning Commission, and a Trustee for the Osceola County Education Foundation Charter School Board. She is also the President and cofounder of the Community Land Trust of Osceola, Inc. As a REALTOR® of 13 years, she is a leader in her local, state and national REALTOR® Associations. She is also a Graduate and Alumnus of “Leadership Osceola”, and Graduate of both the Florida REALTORS® and National Association of REALTORS®' Leadership Academies. In 2010 she was Presidentof the Osceola County Association of REALTORS® and in 2014 was District 12 Vice President for the State Association, Florida REALTORS®. She believes that real estate practitioners should subscribe to the REALTOR® Code of Ethics and be an active voice for real estate in the community. She is an avid gardener, singer, a Mentor for the Take Stock in Children Program, a proud mother of 5, grandmother of 2 and faithful wife to her husband, Manny.

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