issue 15 | october 18
Planning Commission  
Hillsborough MPO
Hillsborough River Board 
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working together with you
Thank you_
It's TIME to thank YOU!

Thank you to everyone who made the It's TIME Tampa Bay survey the most successful MetroQuest survey in the United States ever! More than 9,500 people weighed in on transportation and growth in our region, leaving about 250,000 data points for consideration in the creation of our first tri-county Transportation Plan!

Our goal to cast the widest net in participation exceeded our expectations with the help of very supportive marketing partners. A huge thank you to the:
  • Tampa Bay Times who helped us stretch our minimal advertising budget 
  • Florida's Largest Home Show - Another Turner Exposition - an amazing community partner who continues to allow us space to showcase important community initiatives to their massive audience 
  • Beasley Media Group who went above and beyond providing on-air, online, at events, social media promotion, and the incentive of five pairs of tickets to see the Tampa Bay Lightning courtesy of 92.5 MAXIMA FM | Q105 WRBQ | 99.5 WQYK |  WILD 94.1 | B98.7 FM - and a shout out to Voncile Anderson, Roxanne Wilder, and the entire Beasley team, who are so passionate about this region we call home!
Vision Zero Walk of Silence 10.20.18
Join the Vision Zero Coalition for the Walk of Silence on October 20  
Join #VisionZERO813 on October 20 for a special Walk of Silence in memory of loved ones killed in traffic crashes in Hillsborough County. At 9:30 a.m., we'll meet at Poe Plaza (on Franklin Street between Jackson and Whiting) to paint 116 pairs of shoes to honor and signify each life lost in traffic crashes so far this year. At 10:00 a.m., we'll walk a half mile in silence to the USF Park on the Riverwalk to place the shoes and hear from survivors of loved ones lost to traffic violence. Water, shoes to paint, and paint will be provided. For more information, contact Gena Torres, 813.273.3774 x357 or follow Vision Zero Hillsborough on Facebook
Meet our new team members!

Plan Hillsborough is excited to welcome four new team members who will be working to support the Planning Commission, Hillsborough MPO, and the Hillsborough River Interlocal Planning Board. Allow us to introduce you to:  
  • Mary Kelley Hoppe | Planning Outreach Manager
  • Vishaka Shiva Raman | Community Planner
  • Kierra Zuokemefa | Community Planner
  • Diego Guerra | Planning and Mapping Technician 
Zornitta mentoring APA
Plan Hillsborough staff mentors local students and area professionals

Plan Hillsborough continues to provide guidance to the local planning community through the APA Florida Sun Coast Section's mentoring initiatives. The program supports USF Master of Urban and Regional Planning students, as well as mid-career planners looking to move into leadership. So far, staff has grown these initiatives and mentored 19 coach-protege pairs over the past several years. Support includes resume review, career insight, leadership tips, and shadowing opportunities. "Plan Hillsborough's commitment to local planning and our students is a major driver in our program's continued success," said Dr. Evangeline Linkous, USF MURP Professor. "We especially appreciate the shadowing experience. This is often a student's first foray into the world of a practicing planner, and the opportunity helps them immensely in determining their future career path."  

APA National recently chose to feature mentoring programs and Plan Hillsborough staff in a blog post and video series featuring our own Planning Commission Executive Director Melissa Zornitta, AICP, and Senior Planner Melissa Dickens, AICP.
land use &
comprehensive planning 
The Planning Commission's 36th Annual Planning & Design Awards 
Thursday, October 25, 2018 |  Winners Announced 
T Pepin's Hospitality Centre | 4121 N 50th Street | Tampa 
Johnson Pope 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.
We're excited to announce that as part of our celebration of the American Planning Association's National Planning Month, our 36th Annual Planning & Design Awards presented by TECO with our marketing partner, the Tampa Bay Times, will feature a USF student planning project display and three very special honorees - Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, USF President Dr. Judy Genshaft, and THEA CEO Joe Waggoner - being recognized for their outstanding contributions to planning and quality of life in our community.  

Thank you to our judges!
Thank you to our judges!

Tasked to pick award winners from the incredible entries submitted this year, our jury panel of professional planners from outside of Hillsborough County had their work cut out for them. A huge thank you to:
  • Merle Bishop, FAICP | Growth & Development Director | City of Winter Haven, FL
  • Allison McGrath, AICP | Senior Planner | Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.
  • Silvia Vargas, AICP, LEED AP | Principal Planner | Calvin, Giordano & Associates, Inc.
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Proposed plan amendments indicate future land use trends
Comprehensive Plan Amendments, proposed from 2013 to 2018, have been analyzed to identify trends in the type and location of changes to the Future Land Use Map. The Future Land Use Map is adopted as part of the Comprehensive Plan and outlines what level of development can occur in certain areas and where different uses are allowed. A presentation on these amendment trends was made to the Planning Commission in September and featured maps showing where land use proposals are concentrated. 
In Unincorporated Hillsborough County, the Suburban Mixed-Use category 6 (SMU-6) was requested more than any other land use category over the last 5 years, with the highest activity in the Lutz area. Tampa also reflects a spike in requests for changes to Community Mixed Use 35 (CMU-35). Temple Terrace and Plant City, by comparison, reflect a distinct dominance in requests for commercial land uses.

transportation connections 
& planning
MPO studies AV at USF

Enormous strides are being made in the development of driverless cars and automated vehicle (AV) technologies, changing how transit service will be provided. Recognizing the importance of autonomous and connected vehicle technologies, the Hillsborough MPO sponsored a study on the feasibility of implementing autonomous transit shuttles at the University of South Florida. Located in Tampa, the site is already a 24/7 city within the city with nearly 17,000 employees serving over 43,500 students, with 6,327 currently living on campus. The nearly 3-acre campus is an ideal test bed for AV with its universal speed limit of 25 mph, limited on-campus parking, and significant demand for alternative transportation options.  
Researchers from USF's Center for Urban Transportation Research surveyed 374 students about perceptions and interests in AV mobility on campus. Over 60% of students said they were likely to use a driverless vehicle. A variety of transportation data and trip patterns also were analyzed. Three top service concepts were identified: a night-time shuttle, remote parking shuttle, and campus circulator. Just completed, the feasibility report proposes a one-year pilot project using two shuttles with safety attendants. Sources of funding for the pilot are still being identified.

Learn more about the USF Campus Autonomous Transit Feasibility Study
3rd Regional Transportation Leadership Workshop | October 29

The Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority (TBARTA), in partnership with area Metropolitan Planning Organizations and the Florida Department of Transportation, will host the Regional Transportation Leadership Workshop #3 for MPOs to highlight best practices and collaboration in the planning and delivery of transportation services.
The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on October 29 at the Port Tampa Bay Cruise Terminal 2, located at 651 Channelside Drive. Register here by October 22 to ensure your seat! Project materials are available on the TBARTA website.
Tri-County MPOs request Letters of Intent
for Transportation Disadvantaged pilot

The Tri-County Transportation Disadvantaged Board Subcommittee, encompassing Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas counties,  is seeking transportation providers to establish cross-county trips. Service will be provided to residents who qualify as transportation disadvantaged (TD) with a focus on medical and life-sustaining trips.  This serves as a request for Letters of Intent (LOI) from applicants in the FTA Section 5310 funding cycle to fulfill this need through a pilot project.
LOIs are due October 22, 2018 via email to Manny Lajmiri , Senior Planner, Pasco County MPO at Applicants may consider both operations and capital needs. Community transportation coordinator agreements will be required through the FTA Section 5310 process, with applications due January 15, 2019. Individuals served must qualify for the Transportation Disadvantaged Program in their home county. Medical or life-sustaining service trips are a high priority. You may also contact Michele Ogilvie, Executive Planner with the Hillsborough MPO, at 813.273.3774 x317 for more information and a schedule detailing application steps.   

hillsborough river planning
How does growth affect the health of the Hillsborough River?

By 2045, Hillsborough County's population is expected to increase by about 40%, or 600,000 new residents, according to the Bureau of Economic and Business Research. Understanding and mitigating environmental impacts associated with such rapid growth is a key focus of the Planning Commission, the Hillsborough MPO, and Hillsborough River Interlocal Planning Board. Stormwater runoff from developed areas is a chief source of pollution to the bay and river and can result in flooding. More growth generally leads to increases in impervious surfaces from roads, parking lots, and pavement, preventing stormwater from filtering through the soil. Car emissions, road runoff, fertilizers, and pesticides are all major sources of surface water pollution.   
Much of the Hillsborough River basin is already developed. In these areas, redevelopment is an important strategy, because it minimizes the need for additional impervious surface and offers opportunities for improving stormwater treatment and downstream water quality. Local governments are always working to improve surface water quality and minimize development impacts. For example, Tampa and Hillsborough County have made significant strides in improving the health of the Hillsborough River and other surface waters over the past three decades. 

Learn more about the Hillsborough River Board and how you can become involved.

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what is plan hillsborough?

Plan Hillsborough provides value-added planning services through a diverse team of professionals working towards a thriving future for Tampa, Temple Terrace, Plant City, and Hillsborough County, and provides staff to the:

Promotes, coordinates, collaborates with, and facilitates the involvement of all people in comprehensive planning and visioning to improve economic development opportunities and quality of life in our community
A long-range transportation policy-making board made up of local government and transportation agency representatives planning for more than $1.5 billion in state and federally funded multi-modal transportation investments in the first 5 years of each 20+ year plan
Responsible for promoting collaborative planning, regulation, and development along the river corridor while ensuring the environmental health of the river running through Hillsborough County and the cities of Tampa and Temple Terrace

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