issue 2 | september 17
Planning Commission  
Hillsborough MPO
Hillsborough River Board 
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working together with you
Vision Zero Action Plan premieres at Tampa Theatre

The fourth and final Vision Zero Hillsborough development workshop was a resounding success. On the morning of August 22, the Vision Zero Coalition and other community stakeholders joined the Hillsborough MPO Policy Committee at the historic Tampa Theatre for the reveal of the plan a year in the making. Let Their Voices Be Heard, a film produced to provide an intimate glimpse to the emotional and physical pain of those affected by traffic violence, premiered. The workshop continued with the presentation of the action plan draft.
View the Vision Zero Action Plan , how our partners are putting the plan into action, and how you can join the movement. While on the page, take the Vision Zero Pledge by Sunday, December 4, 2017 to be eligible for a drawing for two lower bowl tickets to the Buccaneers vs. Falcons Monday Night Football game on December 18 at Raymond James Stadium. The drawing will be held at the beginning of the MPO's Board Meeting on Tuesday, December 5 at 9:00 a.m.
Al Key
Join us September 20 for presentations on green infrastructure

Plan to join Plan Hillsborough on Wednesday, September 20 for a  presentation on Green Infrastructure at 9 a.m. or noon. Learn how the integration of green utilities - like soil, trees, and water - into our urban areas substantially improves their design sustainability and helps alleviate some of our most pressing ecological challenges - including air and water quality, rising temperatures, and flooding and erosion from daily rainfall events. Our guest speaker is Al Key.  Mr. Key has been involved in the green industry for 24 years.
At 9:00 a.m., Mr. Key will make a presentation to the Hillsborough MPO's Livable Roadways Committee. From noon until 1:00 p.m., you are warmly invited to bring your own brown bag lunch, and join us for the Planning Commission's Info BBQ (Brown Bag Quarterly). Mr. Key will give a more extensive presentation and answer your questions during the lunch hour. 

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Plan Hillsborough presentations at APA Florida Conference

Four Plan Hillsborough staff members will be on the dais presenting for the Planning Commission at the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association's (APA) annual Planning Conference taking place September 5-8 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Group Leader for the Planning Policy and Review Team Tony Garcia, AICP and Temple Terrace Liaison Principal Planner Tony LaColla, AICP are on a panel titled Sustaining Places with Comprehensive Plans
Executive Director Melissa Zornitta, AICP will speak in a session titled De-Mystifying the Economics of Planning. Senior Planner Melissa Dickens, AICP will present on two panels. Her first session is Growing with the Flow: Planning for Water Needs. Her second panel is Literally Walking the Walk: How Planners Can Lead by Example through Commuting Option Campaigns. 
Innovative art and light makeover for I-275 underpasses

Along the western edge of the greater USF area, there are two I-275 underpasses that could make a stronger statement about entering   Innovation Place  ( !p), a growing and creative district with tremendous potential. In 2016, Hillsborough MPO began a collaboration with   !p  (formerly known as the Tampa Innovation District) and the City of Tampa to determine the feasibility of a gateway landscape design at the I-275 Busch and Fowler interchanges. "Thank you for making this dream a real possibility. With these gateways, we can change the face of   !p." said Mark Sharpe, Chief Potential Officer and Executive Director of Innovation Place.

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land use &
comprehensive planning 
7th Tampa City Council Redistricting Open House scheduled

There is still an opportunity to weigh in on   Alternatives for Redistricting for Tampa City Council. To ensure the residents of Tampa's four single-member districts have equal representation, Florida law requires the voting districts to be as equal as possible in population size. In conjunction with Hillsborough County's Supervisor of Elections, the Planning Commission has scheduled an additional meeting to the six previously scheduled. Please join us to find out why redistricting is important to you and weigh in. Drop in at your convenience to any of the remaining Open House public meetings:




Tuesday, September 5, 2017 | 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Robert Saunders Library | 1505 N Nebraska Avenue, Tampa

Thursday, September 7, 2017 | 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m

Seminole Heights Library | 4711 N Central Avenue, Tampa

Monday, September 18, 2017 | 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

NEW Open House!|West Tampa Library | 2312 W Union Street, Tampa

Plan to join us for our 35th Annual Planning & Design Awards

You are warmly invited to join us for our 35th Annual Planning & Design Awards presented by Tampa Electric & Peoples Gas on Thursday, October 19 at T Pepin's Hospitality Center. The Tampa Bay Times Reception begins at 6:15 p.m. Dinner and Awards presentations by host Brendan McLaughlin begin at 7:15 p.m. Registration, ticket, and sponsorship information is available on the  event web site .
Jennifer Malone_ AICP
Jennifer Malone earns AICP

We are so proud to see our own Jennifer Malone on APA Florida's list of the newest members of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). The AICP exam is required for certification and places greater emphasis on emerging trends and current practices in planning. A recent addition to the Planning Commission, Ms. Malone currently focuses on the review and analysis of rezonings and Plan Amendments for the City of Tampa and continues to expand in that role. Congratulations, Jennifer!

transportation connections 
& planning
On the future of transportation...

Major investments in Hillsborough County hint at a transportation future which makes use of intelligent road design, data analytics, and emergent technologies to optimize space on our highways, free drivers of wasted hours in roadway congestion, and create safer conditions for all travelers. Join us at upcoming meetings, including:
  • October 12 @ 1:30 pm | MPO Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) committee featuring a discussion on Smart Cities initiatives
  • October 26 @ 2:00 pm | Regional Big Data Working Group for a discussion on development of the shared data portal will be a critical first step in accommodating both intelligent infrastructure and operational improvements to the network.
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Bridging the West Tampa gap in Florida's Gulf Coast Trail

Dale Mabry Highway is a significant obstacle to people on foot and bicycles. Whether they are neighborhood residents trying to cross the street to get to shopping or bus stops, or they are long-distance cyclists wending their way from the Courtney Campbell Trail to the Downtown Riverwalk, there are so many impediments to safe travel. The MPO recently completed studies to address the problem and to make better connections  

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Taking transportation into the classroom

The MPO's School Transportation Working Group recruited and sponsored Hillsborough County School District's K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Coordinator, Joe Simmons, to participate in a national TRAC program in June. TRAC (Transportation And Civil Engineering) is an educational outreach program of the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO) that provides real-world and hands-on practical learning for science/ technology/ engineering classes. Getting educators on TRAC and learning about MPOs can help connect students to the world of transportation while enhancing math, science, and technology skills.

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hillsborough river planning
Hillsborough River dam at Rowlett Park
Tampa to install slide gate on Hillsborough River dam

Maintaining environmental quality and estuarine habitat for plant and wildlife in the Hillsborough River is a goal of both the River Board and the City of Tampa. One way the City works to attain this goal is by meeting a minimum amount of fresh water flow to the lower Hillsborough River.

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