issue 18 | january 19
Planning Commission  
Hillsborough River Board 
SAT | 01.12.19
10a - noon
Join the Vision Zero Coalition for the
TUE | 01.15.19 
5p - 7p 
MPO Special Workshop on Regional Best Practices 
on TBARTA regional planning coordination research study

SAT | 01.19.19 
11a - 1p 
2019 Children's Gasparilla |
Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety Rodeo
MON | 01.21.19 
11a meet up  
Join the Vision Zero Coalition as we march together in Tampa's 30th Annual Martin Luther King Day Parade   
THU | 01.31.19
4p - 6p
MPO Special Briefing 1 | Potential Community Impacts
of FDOT Plans for I-275 and I-4 Interchanges
THU | 02.07.19
5:30p - 7:30p
East Fowler Avenue Land Use Study |
Property Owners'
Discussion of Future Land Use options
2019 MPO Calendar cover
Get your 2019 MPO calendar!

The Hillsborough MPO has printed a 2019 Calendar that includes its 2019 Board and Committee meetings and a look back at the MPO's 2018 projects and highlights. If you'd like a nifty wall calendar with beautiful transportation images and vision, copies are available in our lobby or by contacting   Wanda West, 813.273.3774 x331.
Plan Hillsborough, City of Tampa & HART land FTA TOD Grant

HART , in collaboration with Plan Hillsborough and the City of Tampa, has been  awarded an $800,000 Federal Transit Administration (FTA) pilot program grant to evaluate ties between Transit Oriented Development  (TOD)  and Land Use policies to help cultivate TOD along designated transit emphasis corridors.  Transit-oriented development can include a mix of commercial, residential, office, and entertainment centered around or near a transit station. Dense, walkable, mixed-use development near transit attracts people and adds to vibrant, connected communities.

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Diego Guerra receives APA Florida Minority Scholarship

Congratulations to Diego Guerra on receiving an APA Florida Minority Scholarship! Diego, a former U.S. Marine (Thank you for your service!), is currently enrolled in USF's Master of Urban and Regional Planning program. Studying to pursue a career as an environmental/ resiliency planner, he's currently reviewing legislation, such as the Stafford Act, to see if it will further propagate vulnerability within particular social/economic classes whose majority encompass minority populations. Diego interned with Plan Hillsborough last summer. He joined our staff full time in September as a Planning and Mapping Technician, while continuing to take three classes per semester.
land use &
comprehensive planning 
December 2018 Planning Magazine cover
Putting a resiliency plan in place

By Melissa Zornitta, AICP, as published in the December 2018 issue of the American Planning Association's Planning Magazine

Recent extreme weather events have alerted planning commissioners all over the U.S. - and the world - to the need for resilience, a term that is becoming a key element of the planning vocabulary. In the wake of Hurricane Michael, the state of Florida is particularly sensitive to the threat of hazards. Hillsborough County, where I am the executive director of the city-county planning commission, is continually taking steps toward greater resiliency.

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Growing Unaffordable series on WUSF
Affordable housing availability not keeping up with growth

Hillsborough County is  expecting 714,000 more people and 454,000 more jobs by 2045.  Since at least 2013, we've added the equivalent of one (city of) Temple Terrace every year, that's more than 28,000 people every year.  There has been very little multi-family construction occurring in the unincorporated area of Hillsborough County.  Under the existing land use plan, the  County 's  52,000 acres of vacant and re-developable land  will not meet our housing needs. WUSF News hosted a series in December highlighting America's affordable housing crunch and its impact here at home. The series kick off,  How We Got Here , included an interview with our own librarian and project manager, Terry Eagan.

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connections & planning
Call for Proposals
Safe Routes to School Conference: Call for Proposals

The 2019 Safe Routes to School National Conference will be held at the Hilton Tampa Downtown from November 12-14, 2019. The Hillsborough MPO is proud to be the local host and partner for this event. The next Gulf Coast Safe Streets Summit will be held in conjunction with this national conference focusing on active travel for equitable and healthy communities. Save the date for this fabulous opportunity to join hundreds of active transportation and public health advocates and practitioners from across the country for valuable networking and sharing best practices right here in our own vibrant city! FDOT is the presenting sponsor of the conference.
School Transportation Working Group moves to school district

From April 2015 through December 2018, the MPO supported an interagency School Transportation Working Group (STWG). The numerous collaborations led to improvements on city, county and state-owned roadways near schools including Benito, Sulfur Springs, Chamberlain, Farnell, Pride,  FishHawk ,  and Newsome. The MPO and STWG also supported safety education and outreach at  events like  Parent University Choice Expo and Back to School Bash. More improvements and collaboration are on the way, as school district staff, engineers , and planners will continue the work with the Florida Department of Transportation's Community Traffic Safety Team (CTST), the school district's Circulation Committee, and the School Board's Transportation Team.  

Upcoming TRB Annual Meeting features Beth Alden

The Transportation Research Board (TRB) 98th Annual Meeting, January 13-17 in Washington, D.C., is expecting more than 13,000 transportation professionals from around the world. The program will cover all transportation modes with more than 5,000 presentations in nearly 800 sessions. A number of these focus on the spotlight theme for the 2019 meeting: Transportation for a Smart, Sustainable, and Equitable Future - among them are three featuring Hillsborough MPO's Executive Director Beth Alden on panels and in workshops. "I'm honored to be sharing our experiences and best practices," said Beth Alden, AICP. "I'm also looking forward to productive discussions throughout the conference and bringing some new ideas home!"

hillsborough river planning
Tampa Riverwalk:
the West Side Story

The west bank of the Hillsborough River was once the center of a cigar factory community known as Roberts City. In 1909, it was a diverse, working-class neighborhood, home to hundreds of families including Italians, Cubans, African Americans, and Bahamians. By 1960 the cigar factories were gone, the residents had moved on, an interstate divided the community, and the buildings were demolished. The West River Master Plan was created as a collaboration among the City of Tampa, Tampa Housing Authority, and local stakeholders to create more livable housing choices at all levels of affordability, improve streets, and increase access to the Hillsborough River.

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Save the date and plan to join us for these upcoming events:
Safe Routes to School National Conference & Gulf Coast Safe Streets Summit teaming up in Tampa November 2019
Call for Program Proposals open through February 22, 2019

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