issue 23 | june 19
Hillsborough River Board 
Now through
SUN | 07.28.19
It's TIME Hillsborough to weigh in on specific projects for Hillsborough's  
2045 Transportation Plan | Take and share this important survey, and...   
You could win a pair of tickets to see the Rays, Bucs, or Lightning! 
TUE | 06.25.19
11:30a - 1:30p
2-hour Planning Commission Info BBQ (Brown Bag Quarterly) | Implicit Bias training with Jeffery Lorick, Compliance Manager, Pinellas County Office of Human Rights 
THU | 07.04.19
Plan Hillsborough offices will be closed in celebration of Independence Day
MON | 07.15.19
2:00p - 3:30p
FHWA Florida FREE Webinar: State & Local alignment toward ZERO traffic deaths
featuring Hillsborough MPO comprehensive approach to speed management | Register

TUE | 07.16.19
11:30a - 1:30p
First meeting of Hillsborough's Transportation Surtax Independent Oversight Committee | Planning Commission Boardroom | County Center, 18th Floor | Televised live on HTV
Warm welcomes

Over the past several months, we've had the opportunity to welcome great new talent to Plan Hillsborough. Left to right:
  • Meghan D. Betourney, SPHR  | Project Manager - Accountability & Employee Engagement  
  • Jerid McAdoo | Planning and Mapping Technician | Comprehensive Plan, Policy & Review Division
  • Cheryl Wilkening | Administrative Specialist II | Hillsborough MPO 
  • Danny Collins | Community Planner II | Comprehensive Plan, Policy & Review Division
  • Katrina Corcoran  | Community Planner II | Strategic Planning, Environmental & Research Division  
  • Jiwuan Haley, AICP  | Senior Planner |  Comprehensive Plan, Policy & Review Division  
Fond farewells

This month, we're saying goodbye to two employees who've worked with the Planning Commission/Plan Hillsborough for a combined total of 60 years of dedicated service. Steve Griffin, Strategic Planning Initiatives Team Leader, and Beverly Daniels, Senior Planning & Zoning Tech, have been leaders in our agency and in our community. Both will be deeply missed in their retirements. We asked each to leave us with some parting words regarding their professional experience here with us...

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APA Sun Coast recognizes Plan Hillsborough staff

Three Plan Hillsborough staff were recognized at the 2019 American Planning Association's Florida Sun Coast Section Annual CM Event and Awards Reception. Jay Collins, AICP, volunteered for the pre-awards Law CM event titled, "You Can't Handle the Truth! Deposition Prep for Urban Planners." Jay participated in a voluntary deposition with guest speakers, including John Anthony, Esq. (Anthony & Partners), Stephenie Biernacki Anthony, Esq. (Anthony & Partners), and Mark S. Bentley, Esq., B.C.S., AICP (Johnson Pope Bokor Ruppel & Burns). This event was 1.5 AICP CM.
And a huge congratulations to Plan Hillsborough's:  
  • Diego Guerra | recipient of the Student Project Award for his project titled, "Tampa's Streetcar: Past, Present, and Future"
  • Gena Torres | recipient of the Distinguished Service Award for her many years of service in the planning profession
  • Melissa Dickens, AICP | recipient of a plaque for her extraordinary service and leadership as APA Sun Coast Chair from 2017-2019
land use & comprehensive planning 
An incredible group of students just  FLiPped  over  p lanning !  

On June 4 - June 7, the Planning Commission held our fourth annual Future Leaders in Planning ( FLiP ) student leadership development program. Designed as an opportunity to introduce  Hillsborough County  high school students to urban planning as a potential career,  FLiP  2019 was a four-day, intensive program. A big hit with the students, mentors, and parents alike, FLiP offered a broad exposure to planning from both public and private sector perspectives across many fields. The students flourished while networking with professionals, collaborating in teams, and honing their presentation and public speaking skills.

The Planning Commission is proud to announce our 37th annual celebration of excellence in planning and design in Hillsborough County. Winning projects contribute to a better quality of life and serve as models to learn from and emulate. With the emphasis on the importance of great planning in our own region, our awards program is held in October as one of the many national festivities held during the American Planning Association's National Community Planning Month and celebration of Great Places in America (with Tampa's own Riverwalk bringing home the 2018 APA People's Choice Award).
Save the date  Call for entries 
Tuesday | October 29, 2019
Networking Reception | 6:15p
Dinner & Awards Presentation | 7:15p
hosted by Brendan McLaughlin
at TPepin's Hospitality Centre
Tickets on sale in September    
Early Bird Entries | $125 due no later than Thursday | August 1, 2019 | 5p  
with completed submission package
All Entries | $195 | due no later than 
Monday | August 26, 2019 | 5p  
with completed submission package    

transportation connections & planning
Transportation Improvement Program annual update

At its June 11 meeting, the MPO held its annual Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) public hearing to receive feedback from the community and to approve a list of transportation projects to be funded in 2020-2024. Improvements to bus services, lighting safety, intersections, traffic signal systems, and I-4 Interchanges in the Seffner/Dover/Plant City area were accepted. Also approved was investment in system preservation and numerous walk/bike safety enhancements. One project was removed from the priority list, an extension of Big Bend Road from Boggy Creek to Balm Boyette Road, because of concerns about impact on the rural area.

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MPO tapped for Mayor Castor's new Transportation Advisory Team

Two MPO Board members and one MPO staff member will be joining an all-star cast of transportation professionals on Mayor Jane Castor's new Transportation Advisory Team. "Tampa's experiencing unprecedented growth and we have a dire need for transportation fixes," said Mayor Castor. 
Congratulations to MPO Board members, Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority CEO Joe Waggoner and Hillsborough County School Board member Cindy Stuart. Joining our MPO Board members on the team is MPO Executive Planner and Vision Zero project manager, Gena Torres.
Independent Oversight Committee set to meet on July 16

The Independent Oversight Committee (IOC) will have its long-awaited first meeting to discuss the transportation sales tax on July 16. The IOC was created to oversee spending of the one cent sales tax for transportation by approving plans and preparing an annual audit. The 13 members of the committee were appointed by governing bodies earlier in the year.  

At the first meeting, the IOC will approve bylaws, elect officers, and establish procedures for reviewing transportation plans from Hillsborough County, HART, and the cities of Tampa, Temple Terrace, and Plant City. All IOC meetings will be held in the Planning Commission Boardroom on the 18th floor of County Center and will be aired on HTV. The public is always welcome.

Visit the IOC on the web

hillsborough river planning
River Board & TAC welcome back consistent, dedicated members

Much of the River Board's success is due to its tireless and dedicated volunteers. Since 1986, a string of devoted people have freely given their time to maintain, and improve, the Hillsborough River for all to enjoy. The Board is composed of three elected officials, one from the Tampa City Council, one from the Temple Terrace City Council, and one from the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners. We're happy to welcome back City Councilman Guido Maniscalco following his recent volunteering and appointment for another term on the River Board representing the City of Tampa. First appointed in November of 2016, Councilman Maniscalco will continue his focus on maintaining and improving the lower river in the City of Tampa.

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plan hillsborough meetings & events
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