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Overview

*Non-Lawyer

Abbye Feeley serves as an in-house planner in the Land Development, Zoning, Environmental & Government Affairs Department. She has over 20 years of experience in the public sector including at the Florida Department of Community Affairs and 18 years at the City of Tampa. Abbye’s practice is diverse, having worked on projects ranging from lot creation and single family residential, to large-scale planned developments and mixed-use urban infill projects.

Abbye’s strong public/private sector relationships and intimate understanding of local regulations afford her the ability to easily identify, evaluate, and resolve complex land use, zoning, permitting, code enforcement, and property rights matters. She routinely works with clients to strategically analyze properties and maximize opportunities for development while balancing regulation and design.

With extensive experience of the local public hearing entitlement process, municipal code writing and amendments, permitting, variances, historic preservation and alcoholic beverage licensing, Abbye possesses a strong skill set that provides a valuable service to our clients.

Representative Experience

  • In her capacity as Planning & Development Coordinator for the City of Tampa:
    • Managed the City’s rezoning and special use process including application of land development regulations, review of associated site plans, and presentation of projects during the public hearing process before Tampa City Council and other applicable boards.
    • Represented Land Development Division on special magistrate hearings and mediations.
    • Managed administration of large-scale developments and delegated duties of the Zoning Administrator.
    • Worked on creation of the Bayshore Scenic Corridor, including conducting community participation process, drafting Comprehensive Plan section, and leading presentation/workshop with the Tampa City Council for the plan’s adoption.
  • Recent notable project experience includes Midtown Tampa, Westshore Marina District, Channelside Publix, Hyde Park Village, Humane Society of Tampa Bay and Bryan Glazer Family JCC.

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Great American Teach In
  • Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership
  • Tampa Connection

Publications & Presentations

Events: Facts or Fiction: Parking Panel
Real Estate Investment Council, Inc. Tampa Bay Dinner Program|November 2019

Events: Workforce Housing Caucus Presentation
Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Women of Influence Committee Meeting|October 2019

Publications, Recent News Updates: Opportunities Ahead as Florida Prepares for Three New Tollways
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|May 2019

Publications, Recent News Updates: What's Developing | Spring 2019
Stearns Weaver Miller News Update|April 2019

Publications: Spotlight Tampa: Westshore Alliance
City of Tampa Television|December 2015

Publications: Discovering Tampa’s Downtown Waterfront
City of Tampa Television|September 2015

Publications: Spotlight Tampa: Development Services Center
City of Tampa Television|May 2012

Publications: Spotlight Tampa: Land Development Coordination
City of Tampa Television|September 2011

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Newsroom

In the Media: People on the Move in Tampa Bay
Tampa Bay Business Journal|February 2019

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