issue 12 | july 18
Planning Commission  
Hillsborough MPO
Hillsborough River Board 
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It_s TIME Tampa Bay
It's TIME Tampa Bay survey gets ready for take off at the Regional Transit Forum at TIA on July 20

Learn about the different transit initiatives underway, and how they are working together to build a Regional Transit Vision for Tampa Bay at the Regional Transit Forum on Friday, July 20 from 1pm to 7pm at Tampa Airport Marriott. Park in Tampa International Airport's Short Term Garage, and bring your parking ticket into the event to be validated. Better yet, take transit to the Regional Transit Forum! Grab your ride aboard PSTA's Route 300X and HART's Routes 30, 32, 35, 60LX and 275LX. The Marriott is accessible from the Airport on the third floor between the red elevators.
The event agenda includes networking and an open house, transit discussions featuring a keynote address by Senator Bill Galvano, plus you can sign up for tours of the Airport's new Rental Car Center, transit curb, and an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the SkyConnect maintenance facility. Look for the Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Pasco Metropolitan Planning Organizations at the Forum. We'll be previewing the It's TIME Tampa Bay online survey that will take flight July 27 - September 30 at: 
In the survey, we're seeking your thoughts on three very different transportation and growth scenarios. By completing the survey and leaving your email address, you'll be eligible for drawings for pairs of tickets to a Bucs or Lightning game! Survey results will help the three MPOs create the very first tri-county Long-Range Transportation Plan. We're also making the survey available through presentations to civic and business organizations, groups, clubs, and associations and have scheduled more than 50 groups throughout Hillsborough County. If you would like to add your group, please contact Johnny Wong at 813.273.3774 x370 .
land use &
comprehensive planning 
Try our new interactive Plan Amendment Map Application

Loo king for information on recent amendments to the Comprehensive P
Plan Hillsborough has introduced an a dditional tool to make researching  Plan Amendments easier. When visiting, you'll find the Plan Amendment Interactive Maps by looking on the main toolbar  under Plans - Plan Amendments - and  then under each jurisdiction .   This application contains information and documents about current and historical comprehensive plan amendments in Unincorporated   Hillsborough County and the cities  of Tampa, Temple Terrace, and Plant City from 2015 - 2018.

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The Planning Commission is proud to announce our
36th annual celebration of excellence in planning in Hillsborough County.
This awards program is a well-respected tradition honoring projects contributing to a
better quality of life in our community and serving as models to learn from and emulate.  
See Call for Entries for details on Criteria, Categories, and Submission. Complete submission packages will be accepted only in digital format no later than Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 5 p.m. with $195 entry fee.
NEW Early Bird Entry deadline is fast approaching. SAVE $70! We are accepting early bird entries for complete submission packages delivered no later than 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 1, 2018 with reduced entry fee of $125!
Plan to join us | Tickets on sale September 1 - October 19
Thursday, October 25, 2018 | Winners Announced
T Pepin's Hospitality Centre | 4121 N 50th Street | Tampa 
Networking Reception | 6:15 p.m. (cash bar with tray passed hors d'oeuvres)  
Dinner & Presentation of Awards by host Brendan McLaughlin | 7:15 p.m.

transportation connections 
& planning
MPO adopts Transportation Improvement Program

On June 12, the MPO held a public hearing to receive public comment and ultimately approve the work program for Fiscal Years 2019 - 2023. This year, the TIP included numerous walk and bike safety projects including extension of the Green Spine Cycle Track to Ybor, continuation of the Heights Mobility Plan, and improvements on Kennedy Blvd between Westshore Blvd and Woodlynne Blvd. Transit funds were allocated for bus replacement and equipment upgrades. Funds were also allocated towards interchange improvements on I-75 at Gibsonton Dr and Big Bend Rd interchanges.   

The hearing also included adoption of the updated MPO Priority List for future funding. New priorities included SR 60 intersection improvements and a planning study of the eight severest crash corridors located in Unincorporated Hillsborough County, both of which were recommendations from the Vision Zero Action Plan. The list also includes some new walk and bike improvements along El Prado and at Laurel St and Doyle Carlton. The TIP was approved 14 to 1 with an additional motion made to remove all express toll lanes from I-275 north of Downtown Tampa. For a complete list of projects and highlights, visit our TIP page.
2018 Gulf Coast Safe Streets Summit wins
TBRPC Future of the Region Award

At the June meeting, Executive Director Beth Alden presented the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council Future of the Region Award to the MPO Board. The honor in the Mobility and Transportation category for the Gulf Coast Safe Streets Summit was awarded to the Hillsborough MPO at the TBRPC's 26th Annual Future of the Region Awards on May 18. The first-ever Gulf Coast Safe Streets Summit was held on February 27. Visit the Gulf Coast Safe Streets Summit web page for links to presentations and event pictures.
New w ayfinding signs help people take Garden Steps to access healthy food

The MPO-led Garden Steps collaboration helps neighborhoods in "food desert" areas expand community gardens and walk, bike, and transit access to them. Thanks to our partner, the City of Tampa, active transportation has been given another boost with the installation of five new pedestrian and bicycle wayfinding signs pointing the way to Tampa Heights Community Garden. These signs place value on pedestrian and bicycle travel. Access to healthy food and the benefits of physical activity are a winning combination for Garden Steps and the Healthiest Cities and Counties Challenge!
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Regional priorities update

Every summer, the chairs of six MPOs convene to agree on priority projects for the Florida Transportation Regional Incentive Program (TRIP) and regional trail and greenway grants such as Florida SUNTrail. At this year's meeting on Friday, July 13, Hillsborough County's project to improve the I-75/Big Bend Road interchange is proposed as #2 on the regional priority list for a TRIP grant. Hillsborough County is also proposing to add a second project to the candidate list: intersection improvements on SR 60 (Brandon Boulevard) to improve safety and traffic flow. Candidate projects on the regional trail system include construction of portions of the South Tampa Greenway, Tampa Bypass Canal Trail, and South Coast Greenway.
The meeting follows the MPO's June public hearing at which Hillsborough citizen comments were received on this year's priorities. Regionally significant projects are forwarded to the regional level for consideration of funding. The members of the TBARTA MPO Chairs Coordinating Committee represent Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk, Hernando/Citrus, and Sarasota/Manatee MPOs. For more information about the annual meeting of the MPO chairs, please visit the TBARTA website.

hillsborough river planning
Executive Director highlights accomplishments and needs

Like many urban areas, Tampa 's downtown is undergoing a renaissance.  With much of downtown  Tampa  on   the waterfront of the Bay and Hillsborough River, these areas are being transformed.  Mr. Shawn College, AICP, Executive Director of the Hillsborough River Interlocal Planning Board ,  recently joined a panel brought together by the Tampa Downtown Partnership to discuss  the activation of Tampa's waterfront and the importance the Hillsborough River plays in  development  in downtown  and the region.
"Vast areas of the river are surrounded by developed areas, like neighborhoods, where water washed from the roads finds its way into storm drains without treatment," said College . " T here are great success stories for the river, but we still need to remain vigilant  to  prevent fertilizers and other contaminants from entering the river. "

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