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Rebecca Wilson Honored with Winter Park Chamber of Commerce Community Leader Award

May 06, 2021

Orlando, FL – Lowndes is pleased to announce that land use attorney Rebecca “Becky” Wilson has been presented with the Community Leader Award by the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce in recognition of her leadership and commitment to the betterment and well-being of the Winter Park community. A member of Leadership Winter Park, Class XVI, and a past chair of the chamber, Wilson has helped shape real estate development in Winter Park by providing land use counsel on numerous high-profile projects, such as The Alfond Inn, The Center for Health & Wellbeing, Heritage Park, and Hill Center at Winter Park.   
 
In her legal practice, Wilson, who serves as chair of Lowndes’ Land Use, Zoning and Environmental Group, works with local governments throughout Central Florida to address the needs of her clients related to zoning, comprehensive plans, concurrency, administrative law, Developments of Regional Impact (DRI's), procurement issues, due diligence, and property rights. A recognized leader in her field, she represents property owners, developers, lenders and other participants in a wide array of projects. Over the years, such projects have included high-rise developments in downtown Orlando, hotel developments, planned communities, large "power-centers", redevelopment of existing buildings, mixed-use projects, big box commercial projects, projects within historic districts, multi-family development (including affordable housing and senior housing) and office developments.
 
Named one of the “Ten Most Influential People in Winter Park” by Winter Park Magazine, Wilson has served as chair of the City of Winter Park Vision Steering Committee, the Rollins College Hamilton Holt School Board of Advisors, and the Urban Land Institute of Central Florida, for which she currently serves as governance chair. She is also a member of Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings' "Housing for All" Task Force and The Committee of One Hundred of Orange County, Inc. Wilson has been recognized as a “40 Under 40” and “Up-and-Comer” finalist, as well as one of the “Women To Watch” honorees, by the Orlando Business Journal. Listed among the “Best Lawyers in America” since 2013, she received both her undergraduate and law degrees with honors from the University of Alabama.

Lowndes Shareholder Daniel McIntosh was also a recipient of the Community Leader Award in 2011. 

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Becky  Wilson is chair of the firm's Land Use, Zoning and Environmental Group. She represents property owners, developers, lenders and other development participants with issues related to zoning, comprehensive plans, concurrency, administrative law, Developments of Regional Impact (DRI’s), procurement issues, due diligence and property rights.


As early as sixth grade, Becky advocated for the causes she believed in. Her concern about nuclear waste and water contamination in her hometown of Dothan, Alabama – and her thorough research – promoted her to press a state legislator with questions in the school auditorium. Having grown up in the South, Becky got in trouble for questioning authority – yet that life experience served her well.

After clerking for a federal judge in Washington, D.C., Becky landed in Orlando, quickly building a reputation at Lowndes for being thorough, outspoken, and a tireless advocate for clients. She ultimately found her niche in land use, collaborating with architects, transportation engineers and local governments to move her clients’ projects – and Central Florida – forward. Becky became one of the youngest female shareholders at the firm. Today, she is Chair of the Land Use, Zoning and Environmental Group.

Her clients include property owners, developers, lenders and other participants in the development of high-rise, hotels, planned communities, large “power-centers,” mixed-use projects, office buildings and big box commercial projects, projects within historic districts, multi-family developments, senior living, and affordable housing. Becky works closely with the local government entities to address the needs of her clients related to zoning, comprehensive plans, concurrency, administrative lawDevelopments of Regional Impact (DRI’s), procurement issues, due diligence, and property rights.

Undoubtedly, Becky’s diligence, activism and Southern charm were responsible in part for her appointment as chair of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) of Central Florida District Council, a global multidisciplinary real estate organization with more than 40,000 members dedicated to the responsible use of land, and creating and sustaining thriving communities.

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