issue 13 | august 18
Planning Commission  
Hillsborough MPO
Hillsborough River Board 
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working together with you
It's TIME to take the survey!

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In this survey, we're seeking your thoughts on three very different transportation and growth scenarios. Survey results will help the three Metropolitan Planning Organizations create the very first tri-county Long-Range Transportation Plan for Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas Counties. By completing the survey and leaving your email address, you'll be eligible for drawings for pairs of tickets to Bucs, Lightning, or the arts! Seven drawings will be held during the October Hillsborough MPO Board Meeting for pairs of tickets to the following:
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs New Orleans Saints game (12/9/2018)
  • Tampa Bay Lightning (five single game drawings)
  • The Palladium Theater at St. Petersburg College
Please take and share this important survey with your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. Invite us to your neighborhood meeting or event - we'll customize a presentation or display for your group members to respond to the survey on the spot. Please contact Lisa Silva at 813.273.3774 x329. 
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for the August 29 Info BBQ on Pasco Safety Town

Under the direction of Cpl. Tim Bullock, Pasco Safety Town is a realistic, child-sized town designed to provide complete hands-on safety education for children ages 5 - 8 in grades K-2 on topics including:
- Pedestrian, bicycle & seat belt safety
- Water & boat safety
- Fire, smoke & electrical safety
- The right way to call 911
- Stranger danger & drug safety
- Safety around animals
- Internet & general household safety - Severe weather safety
Join us August 29 from noon until 1 pm on the 26th floor of County Center to hear from Cpl. Bullock on this amazing community project created through the support and cooperation of many businesses, public and private agencies, and civic organizations. No need to bring your bag lunch to this FREE event. Thank you to S&ME for graciously providing lunch! Space is limited, so please RSVP as soon as possible and no later than 10 am on August 28.

Click to RSVP to Sharon or call 813.273.3774 x316
land use &
comprehensive planning 

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.
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.

Initial findings on the East Rural Agricultural Reserve

Based on direction from the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), Planning Commission staff recently completed a draft analysis of the adopted Goals, Objectives and Policies related to the rural area and agricultural uses in the Comprehensive Plan. The study area is generally south of SR 60, north of the Manatee County Line, and outside the Urban Service Area. An inter-agency staff group collected and analyzed numerous data sets to determine how the area has changed over the last ten  years. The draft East Rural Agricultural Reserve Initial Findings will  be presented in the future to the BOCC for direction on potential next steps.  

transportation connections 
& planning
South Coast Greenway Connector report cover
New South Coast Greenway will connect south Hillsborough County

The Hillsborough MPO is excited to announce the completion of the South Coast Greenway Connector Study, a multi-use trail study evaluat ing  the possible routes to connect from Gibsonton to the Palm River area. Creating this connection to rapidly developing south Hillsborough County will fill an important need for residents looking for safe ways to walk or bike with their families and provide a safe space for users of all ages and abilities. Once built, this trail will be a part of the Shared Use Non-motorized (SUN) Trail network that is already connecting communities across the state. The South Coast Greenway is also a part of the Gulf Coast Trail that will extend from Naples to St. Petersburg, creating a new recreational corridor along the southwest coast of Florida.

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West Tampa Multi Modal Plan cover
Enhancing walk and bike connections for West Tampa

The neighborhoods of West Tampa have been experiencing a wave of reinvestment, revitalization, and growth.  In conjunction with  this continued economic and social success, the MPO has produced a West Tampa Multimodal Plan. The Plan takes a closer look at the walk bike network in the West Tampa neighborhoods to ensure that pedestrians and bicyclists of all ages and abilities have a safe, inviting and well connected  transportation network  for their use.   The Plan's focus is to enable pedestrian connections to major activity centers in West Tampa  and  connects to Downtown Tampa and the Westshore  d istrict. 
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Regional Transportation Leadership Workshop _2
Regional Transportation Leadership Workshop rescheduled to August 27

Join leaders from around the Tampa Bay region at a workshop to discuss how transportation planning is conducted in West Central Florida. Hear what a national researcher has learned about other regions around the country, and how they approach regional transportation planning and priority-setting. Weigh in on what you think are the best ideas in a collaborative group discussion.

Monday, August 27, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
EpiCenter at St. Petersburg College | 13805 58th Street North, Clearwater  
  Register by August 8!   Lunch will be available for a fee of $10 cash on-site.

More info on our region's study of regional transportation planning

hillsborough river planning
Ulele enhanced seawall
Living shorelines, enhanced seawalls improve the Hillsborough River

Natural shorelines dissipate wave action and provide a surface for aquatic plants to grow .  These plants  provide habitat for wildlife and clean the water of excess nutrients.   More recently, there 's been  a growing movement to improve these previously hardened seawall shorelines. Methods include both installing a living shoreline or simply enhancing the existing seawall.  Either  can provide real benefits to wildlife and water quality.

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in state and federally funded multi-modal transportation investments in the first 5 years of each 20+ year plan
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