issue 21 | april 19
Planning Commission  
Hillsborough River Board 
SAT | 04.06.19
10:00a - 3:00p
presented by the Community Gardens Coalition & MPO Garden Steps program
SAT | 04.27.19
8:00a - noon
Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful's Great American Clean Up | Join us!
Plan Hillsborough will be volunteering at Riverhills Park in Temple Terrace
TUE | 04.30.19
5:00 - 7:00p
Open House #2 | FDOT Plans for I-275 & I-4 Natural Environment impacts |  
Robert W Saunders Sr Public Library | 1505 N Nebraska Avenue | Tampa
Plan Hillsborough's Earth Day activities

T o promote and encourage sustainable and resilient practices within the agency and in the community, Plan Hillsborough has been participating in green initiatives like our Commuter Challenge and the Hillsborough County recycling program. In honor of Earth Day, the agency will have its first paperless Planning Commission meeting on April 8 , with staff and Planning Commissioners embracing  an entirely  digital format.
On April 27,  the agency will also participate in the Great American Cleanup  sponsored by  Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful . A team of Plan Hillsborough volunteers will spend the ir  Saturday morning picking up trash along the trails, shoreline, and boat ramp at Riverhills Park in Temple Terrace. The cleanup is a call to action to create more sustainable communities by  focusing on  activities that impact individuals in need, provide aesthetic community improvements,  and  improve the environment.  
Plan Hillsborough speakers to be featured at national APA Conference in San Francisco April 13 - 16

land use & comprehensive planning 
Congratulations, Commissioner!

The International Downtown Association (IDA) recently selected 30 of the industry's brightest professionals for the 2019 Emerging Leaders Fellowship (ELF) program. Karen Kress, AICP, Tampa Downtown Parternship's Director of Transportation and Planning, was selected among other candidates from three countries and 17 provinces or states. She will attend a week-long experiential program June 16-21, 2019 in New York City. The essential leadership and place management skills and practical tools in the areas of place-based economic development, the live-work-play experience, and public-private partnerships expertise gained in the ELF program will contribute greatly to our community. Congratulations, Commissioner Kress!
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.
March Info BBQ tour of THE PEARL

Thank you to John Schilling and Bowen Arnold of DDA Development for an inspiring walking tour of THE PEARL. This incredible property is c entered in one of the most historically rich neighborhoods in Tampa, the Heights. Just footsteps from the Riverwalk, Armature Works, indie coffee shops, biking, kayaking, and easy access to the Pirate Water Taxi, THE PEARL features great views and sustainable living. We are looking forward to seeing what's next from DDA!

transportation connections & planning
MPO approves 2018 State of the System report at April meeting

The 2018 State of the System report measures performance related to infrastructure maintenance, transit, safety, congestion, and walk/bike opportunities within Hillsborough County. The report tracks trends and shows if we are currently meeting countywide targets in each category and how recently completed projects have helped improve performance. Each measure addresses one or more of seven national goals: safety, infrastructure, congestion, reliability, freight movement and economic vitality, sustainability, and expedited project deliveries.

View the 2018 State of the System draft report
Vision Zero Action Plan accomplishments

Tracking progress toward reducing deaths and serious injuries on our roadways is an important part of the Vision Zero Action Plan. There are several performance measures for each of the action tracks, the most meaningful of which will be the reduction in fatal and incapacitating crashes.

The Vision Zero initiative is making an impact in
Hillsborough County. 2018 saw the lowest total
number of traffic deaths over the last six-year
period. Other Vision Zero initiatives completed and underway are highlighted in this quarterly report,  including:
  • 21 presentations given
  • 15 sign holding awareness campaigns
  • 2 murals painted
  • 6 community engagement events

 View the Vision Zero Hillsborough quarterly update  


MPO receives $50K award as runner up in the National Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge

The MPO welcomed the Aetna Foundation to the March Board meeting. A $50,000 award to keep planting the seeds for a healthier community through our #GardenSteps initiative was presented. We are honored and proud to be a national #HealthiestCitiesChallenge runner up! The Challenge is a collaboration between the  Aetna Foundation, the  American Public Health Association (APHA), and the  National Association of Counties (NACo) empowering 50 small to midsize U.S. cities and counties to make measurable, scalable improvements to public health issues in their local communities. Special thanks to our partners, many of whom joined us for the award presentation - the City of Tampa, Florida Department of Health - Hillsborough County, Planning Commission, HART, and the Coalition of Community Gardens.    

hillsborough river planning
Have you seen a Water Goat?

No, we are not describing a mythical aquatic animal. A Water Goat is a system placed around stormwater outfalls to collect litter before it enters our waterways. One was installed in  McKay Bay in 2017  to capture trash from Ybor City. There's currently another Water Goat in  the Temple Crest area of Tampa. And, there are plans to add another Water Goat in Temple Terrace.  
Composed of a floating surface net around a stormwater outfall , floating litter is trapped by the net and stopped from traveling down a waterway. Typically, once or twice per month ,  volunteers  bag  the litter  for proper disposal . Within  its  first few months ,  the McKay Bay Water Goat collected more than 1,800 pounds of trash. Water Goats are a great way of preventing litter from entering our waterways and eventually our oceans. The next time you  come across  a Water Goat,  you will recognize this cool technology and   the dedicated volunteers keeping our waterways and oceans clean.

plan hillsborough meetings & events
Save the date and plan to join us for these upcoming events:
Ybor City Vision 2020 Community Visioning Meeting on May 15

Mark your calendars and plan to join the YCDC at a special community meeting on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at the Children's Board of Hillsborough County in the Boardroom. 5:00 p.m. | Community Networking
5:30 p.m. | Vision 2020 Plan Engagement Program  7:30 p.m. | Wrap Up

View the flyer
Safe Routes to School National Conference & Gulf Coast Safe Streets Summit teaming up in Tampa November 2019

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