Alan Woolwich, a Senior Planner in the Brevard County (FL) Planning and Zoning Office, recently traveled to Haiti in August of 2003 to volunteer time and technical assistance in the creation of a Town Plan and the design of public infrastructure for the Town of Aquin on Haiti’s South Coast. The project mission team for the weeklong trip included Dan Johnson a retired civil engineer from Kissimmee, FL and Bill Young an electrical engineer from the Florida Solar Energy Center at the University of Central Florida Cocoa Campus.
The team met with local residents, officials, and non government organizations on implementing and designing two infrastructure projects in the recently developed plan. The two projects surveyed and designed in the field were the reconstruction of the historic town square and associated drainage system. Also designed was a paver block access road that will serve existing neighborhoods and recently developed small scale guest house accommodations for adventure and eco-tourism visitors.
Woolwich assembled and coordinated the project and mission for the Haitian Resource Development Foundation (HRDF), a South Florida Non-Profit Organization, and the Florida Association of Volunteer Agencies for Caribbean Action (FAVACA), a part of the Florida Volunteer Corps. http://www.favaca.org/ Woolwich has been on five volunteer planning missions to the island nation from Florida since the reestablishment of democracy there with United States and United Nations assistance in the mid 1990’s.
Alan J. Woolwich, AICP
Senior Planner, Brevard County (FL) Planning and Zoning Office. Graduated from Central Connecticut State University BA, Geography (1988). Completed EMPA (1992) at The University of Hartford. Employed in community and environmental planning in Florida (Florida Keys & Melbourne/Viera, Brevard County), Connecticut (East Hartford and Enfield), and in Haiti during the last 15 years. Received AICP certification in 1999.
Before coming to the Brevard County Planning and Zoning Office, to help further community, neighborhood, and environmental planning programs in 2000, Alan spent six years working with the State of Florida Department of Community Affairs (DCA), Florida Keys Area of Critical State Concern Program, located in Monroe County. There Alan was involved extensively in working with Monroe County, The City of Key West, and five local governments with their respective comprehensive plans, land development regulations, and development review processes.
The planning programs in the Florida Keys Critical Area are focused on balancing competing local development and economic needs with the protection and management of significant wetland, marine and upland natural habitats while, addressing significant public safety demands related to hurricane evacuation and hazard prevention.