issue 19 | february 19
Planning Commission  
Hillsborough River Board 
THU | 02.07.19
5:30p - 7:30p
East Fowler Avenue Land Use Study |
Property Owners' discussion on Future Land Use Options
Fall in love with your commute! |
Commuter Challenge Week 2019
Take the Commuter Challenge with us February 11 - 15!
Fall in love with your commute! Try an old favorite or a new mode of transportation, other than driving alone, during the week of February 11th through 15th. Participate for a trip, a day, or the entire week. Share your experience(s) with us on social media using #CommuterChallenge19. We can't wait to see your photos! Learn more about the commuter challenge and commuting choices
Plan Hillsborough |
2018 Annual Report

Our 2018 Annual Report highlights many projects and accomplishments our staff has achieved. We continue to strive to exemplify our agency values -  Integrity and Trust | Innovation | Transparency | Stewardship | Servant Leadership - as we serve the Planning Commission, Hillsborough MPO, Hillsborough River Board, and the jurisdictions and citizens of Tampa, Temple Terrace, Plant City, and Hillsborough County.
Check out our 2018 Annual Report
land use & comprehensive planning 
FLiP 2018 participants talk
about their experience
Try FLiP 2019!

Know a high school student who may want to explore planning as a potential career? Through a series of speakers, interactive planning activities, and tours on foot, bus, streetcar, and boat, our Future Leaders in Planning, FLiP 2019, summer student leadership development program June 4 - 7 will provide:
  • The chance to network with and learn from planning professionals in the planning and related government services fields in the public and private sectors
  • Broad exposure to planning from multiple perspectives, including: comprehensive planning, economic development, environmental, historic preservation, community redevelopment, transportation, geographic information systems, safety, education and research, and more
Applications must be submitted by April 15. Recommendations must be submitted by April 17. Learn more about the FLiP program.
Measuring our performance

The Measures of Effectiveness annual report provides an update on the agency's Performance Measures and Strategic Plan goals. The report summarizes the agency's implementation of the four main goals:

- Outreach and education 

- Customer service
- Proactive planning
- Agency performance measures

Executive Director delivers Award to USF President Judy Genshaft

At our 36th Annual Planning & Design Awards in October, our Executive Director recognized USF System President Judy Genshaft for the tremendous impact she has made planning for growth and economic development on campus and throughout our community. Unfortunately, Dr. Genshaft could not receive her award in person that evening. On January 23, Melissa Zornitta was happy to meet with Dr. Genshaft at a meeting with her executive team to personally deliver the award. Thank you, Planner and President, Judy Genshaft!

View all 36th Annual Planning & Design Awards recognition

connections & planning
Turning around
Dangerous by Design

With Florida topping the list as the nation's deadliest state for pedestrians in the new report Dangerous by Design, you may be wondering what work is being done here at home to turn these alarming statistics around. All four local governments, as well as FDOT, have a goal of zero traffic fatalities. Working together through the MPO, they have made safety a top priority for funding new projects.

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Take the Tampa Bay
Regional Travel Survey!

The purpose of the Tampa Bay Regional Travel Survey is to better understand the travel patterns and needs of residents like you. Your participation is very important. The resulting data will help ensure that computer models of traffic flow are accurate so transportation investments can be based on sound analysis. The survey helps our region meet federal requirements and remain eligible for federal transportation funding. You will be asked for details about when, how, and why you travel, and entered into a drawing to win a $250 Amazon gift card and other prizes after completing the survey.
Working towards safe and equitable transportation for all

In January, the Vision Zero Coalition and the MPO's Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) were busy creating awareness for walking, biking, and roadway safety. BPAC assisted the Tampa Police Department with the Gasparilla Children's Parade Annual Bicycle & Pedestrian Safety Rodeo on January 19. A big thanks to St. Joseph's Hospital for handing out free helmets to the kids!
The MPO also teamed up with APA Florida Sun Coast Section, On Bikes, and Safe & Sound Hillsborough for a #VisionZERO813 Coalition street mural painting event on January 12. The art was inspired by Alex Tavares (seen jumping for joy in top right photo below) - as interpreted by artist Junior Polo - at Cleveland Elementary School. View the time lapse video of the painting. And on January 21, the Hillsborough Vision Zero Coalition was joined by the USF Sistuhs and African Students Association to march in Tampa's Martin Luther King Day Parade. Many parade-goers gave the thumbs-up to the safe-streets messages carried by these young people! Keep an eye on the Vision Zero Hillsborough Facebook page for future events!

hillsborough river planning
Should we be concerned?

Particularly after a heavy rain, trash finds its way into the Hillsborough River. Beginning around the 1950s, more and more of the trash being produced was in the form of plastic. These plastics resist break down and degradation and can persist in the environment indefinitely. While they can break apart into smaller and smaller pieces, they seem to never go  away. Birds and fish, including those that are a source of food for humans, ingest these microplastics. These plastics are composed of chemicals suspected of having harmful health effects.

plan hillsborough meetings & events
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

plan hillsborough in the news

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