issue 1 | august 17
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Vision Zero Workshop 4

Save the date! Vision Zero Coalition Workshop 4 will be held on Tuesday, August 22 from 9:00 am - 11:00 am at the historic  Tampa Theatre, 7111 N Franklin Street. Doors open at 8:45 am. Before unveiling the draft Vision Zero Action Plan, we'll be highlighting the "One Message, Many Voices" goal of engaging the victims of traffic violence and their families in a short film and audience testimonials.

Learn more about Vision Zero Hillsborough | View the workshop invitation
ARC_s John Orr presenting at the Planning Commission Info BBQ and to the FLiP 2017 students.
A neighbor from Atlanta region shares insights on planning in uncertain times

John Orr shared the Atlanta Regional Commission's recent work in thinking through how current trends could interact with each other to create unexpected outcomes over a two-day visit in early June, presenting to the Tampa Bay Transportation Management Area Leadership Group, the Florida MPO Advisory Council, and a casual gathering of Future Leaders in Planning students and local professionals at the Planning Commission's Info BBQ.

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We want your input on the future of Brandon!

The Brandon area was studied for future development opportunities as well as how to address its transportation challenges. Numerous options were evaluated. There's still time for you to weigh in on how you see the future of the Brandon area.   

Read full article | Review project web page and leave comments
land use &
comprehensive planning 
Join us at public meetings on Tampa City Council redistricting!

There are six public meetings scheduled to look at alternatives for redistricting for Tampa City Council's four single-member districts. To ensure the residents of Tampa's four single-member districts have equal representation, Florida law requires the districts to be as equal as possible in population size. Meetings run from August 21 through September 7.

View redistricting alternatives & outreach schedule
Last Call for Entries for our 35th Annual Planning & Design Awards!

The Planning Commission's Planning & Design Awards program is open to all planners, residents, developers, builders, architects, community groups, design professionals, local governments, students, or other interested parties. All entries will be evaluated by an independent jury from outside of Hillsborough County. Entries are due no later than August 18 at 5:00 p.m.

Visit our event site for criteria and more info
Healthy food access and community gardens in
Terrace Park | University Square

The Planning Commission received a grant from the Department of Economic Opportunity and partnered with the Florida Department of Health - Hillsborough County, Office of Health Equity, and the Hillsborough MPO to  evaluate an area  within the Terrace Park | University Square neighborhoods in the City of Tampa. The objective is to improve existing health-related policies in the City's  Imagine 2040 Comprehensive Plan .

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Making connections at 2017 Neighborhoods Conference

On July 15, Hillsborough County held its 14th Annual Neighborhoods Conference. The Planning Commission and Hillsborough MPO hosted exhibit tables to talk with dozens of Hillsborough County's neighborhood organizations about working together for a thriving future. Our own Stephen Griffin, AICP, was a speaker in a joint educational workshop with County Development Services Department describing how planning and zoning work and why they are significant to the health and future of neighborhoods.  

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transportation connections 
& planning
MPO honors Vision Zero Heroes

At the August 1 MPO Board Meeting, Vision Zero Hero awards were given by the MPO on behalf of the Vision Zero coalition. Brendan McLaughlin and COX Media's Chad Kellogg were the first-ever recipients of this award for dedication to saving lives, improving roadway safety for all users, and generous service as champions for the Vision Zero movement in Hillsborough County. Donating their talents and resources, Brenden recorded a PSA with the COX Media Group, who is currently airing the Vision Zero message across the Tampa Bay radio market on - 94.9 | 97X | 101.5 | 102.5 | 105.5 | 107.3 Thank you to our Vision Zero Heroes!

Learn more about Vision Zero and listen to the PSA
Plan for better walking and biking in Plant City

Drafted over the last six months, the  Plant City Walk-Bike Master Plan  synthesizes previous planning efforts, identifies opportunities to fill gaps in the walk - bike network, and sets priorities for some quick-win projects. Plant City residents contributed great ideas incorporated into the plan, including connecting important destinations such as Hillsborough Community College, the YMCA, parks, and churches.

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Bullard Parkway Temple Terrace
Bullard Parkway looks to Complete Streets for safety

Bullard Parkway provides an important connection across the Hillsborough River for residents of eastern Temple Terrace neighborhoods to get to the Florida College campus, Temple Terrace golf course, and the city's central business district. Last year, the City of Temple Terrace asked the MPO for help in making Bullard Parkway safe and comfortable for everyone - drivers, walkers, cyclists, young and old, and maybe even golf cart users. Now complete and approved by the MPO Board, the  Bullard Parkway Complete Street Study  was a collaborative effort among the Hillsborough MPO, the City, and Hillsborough County, who owns the road.

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hillsborough river planning
River Board elects new officers

Three elected officials representing each of the local governments the Hillsborough River runs through, the City of Tampa, the City of Temple Terrace, and Unincorporated Hillsborough County sit on the River Board. Officers are elected for two-year terms. In May, the River Board elected Tampa City Council member Guido Maniscalco Chair and Temple Terrace City Council member Andrew Ross Vice Chair. Thank you to all our members for their ongoing service to protect the health and welfare of the Hillsborough River.

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River Board TAC hears request for new slow speed zone

The Tampa Cruis-A-Cade Club (TCCC) has docks on the Hillsborough River near the North Boulevard Bridge. The TCCC contends that high-speed boats in their area of the river create an unsafe environment to launch, load, or unload at their boat docks and ramp and are requesting a new slow speed zone in this area to address this. The River Board's Technical Advisory Council (TAC) heard a presentation from Cruis-A-Cade on their proposal at their regular meeting of June 20 and will again discuss this proposal at their August 15 regular meeting.

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Sea Level Rise estimates on the Hillsborough River

In 2015, the Tampa Bay Climate Science Advisory Panel completed their recommended sea level rise projections for our area. Planning Commission and City of Tampa staff, with the assistance of the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, worked closely to complete a  vulnerability assessment based on these projections for the City of Tampa, including the Hillsborough River. While much of the potential impact to the Hillsborough River through 2040 is restricted to undeveloped yards and public parks, it was noted that under the worst-case scenario for sea level rise, the river is expected to be among the first areas of the City to experience impacts to structures.

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