issue 3 | october 17
Planning Commission  
Hillsborough MPO
Hillsborough River Board 
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Join us for the Planning Commission's 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 .
Brandon study nearly complete!

Covering topics from development and redevelopment opportunities to transit and road improvements, the Brandon Corridors & Mixed-use Centers Pilot Project comprehensively looked at the land use and transportation issues facing the area. Conducted to study project feasibility, the study is conceptual in nature and includes n o construction plans or funding. The study looked at the feasibility, advantages, and disadvantages of these concepts:
  • Focusing potential future redevelopment in centers along State Road 60
  • Improving the mix of uses, connectivity and walkability in other commercial centers throughout the area
  • Potential roadway improvements like widening Lumsden Road, reversible lanes on Bloomingdale Avenue, and roundabouts on Lithia Pinecrest and Bryan Road
  • Potential rapid transit in the State Road 60/Oakfield Drive corridor and circulators or on-demand transit services
We want to hear from the Brandon community at a public meeting at The Regent on October 30, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
9/20 Info BBQ presentation on Green Infrastructure
9/20 Info BBQ presentation on
Green Infrastructure
Green infrastructure presentation

On September 20, Al Key made presentations to the MPO's Livable Roadways Committee and at the Planning Commission's Info BBQ (Brown Bag Quarterly). ICYMI - View the video of this discussion on the integration of green utilities - like soil, trees, and water - into our urban areas to improve their design and alleviate some of our most pressing ecological challenges - including air and water quality, rising temperatures, and flooding and erosion from daily rainfall events.
land use &
comprehensive planning 
Tampa City Council Redistricting presentation to NAACP on October 19

There is still opportunity to weigh in on alternatives for Redistricting for Tampa City Council. In conjunction with Hillsborough County's Supervisor of Elections, the Planning Commission will make a presentation to and take comments from the Hillsborough County branch of the NAACP at their October 19 meeting. The meeting is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. at 308 E Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard in Tampa at 6:00 p.m. The public is welcome to participate.

Planning Commission  r eview of  l ocal  g overnment Capital Improvement Programs

Annually, the Planning Commission conducts a review of proposed Capital Improvement Programs (CIPs) for Hillsborough County, the Cit y  of Tampa , and the  City of Temple Terrace for consistency with their respective Comprehensive Plans.  The  CIPs  are an important  part   of implementing the goals of  each government's  Plan, such as directing growth to the Urban Service Area or away from the Coastal High Hazard Area.

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Learn more about your community

Live in unincorporated Hillsborough County?  We have data and trend information for your area.   Together with the Florida Department of Transportation - Office of Environmental  Management , Plan Hillsborough staff ha s  produced sociocultural  trend   reports for 22 communities in unincorporated Hillsborough County. These reports contain population information and trends from 1990 to 2015, a summary of current land use within the community, and a list of community facilities.    In addition, the Plan Hillsborough  website  has data on recent building permit activity, population  project ions , maps, and other useful information.

View the report for your community.

transportation connections 
& planning
Lexi's mom Valerie shares her story.
Lexi's mom Valerie shares her story.
Join the #VisionZERO813 movement for the Walk of Silence on October 6

On the two-year anniversary of Alexis Miranda's death, Vision Zero Hillsborough will honor her memory with A Walk of Silence, the first organized event since the completion of the coalition's multi-track Action Plan this summer. Attendees will gather on Friday, October 6 at 7 a.m. for welcoming comments in the parking lot of the Tampa First Seventh Day Adventist Church at 822 W Linebaugh Avenue. The walk starts 7:30 a.m., passing Chamberlain High School in a one-mile total loop along North Boulevard and Busch Boulevard. No speaking is permitted during the walk. Posters will be provided for participants. Attendees are encouraged to wear white shoes.
Join us for a Vulnerability Assessment Workshop using the Sea Level Scenario Sketch Planning Tool

On Monday, October 16 th , the Hillsborough MPO is hosting two technical training workshop sessions on how to use a valuable sea level rise mapping tool called the Sea Level Scenario (SLS) Sketch Planning Tool. The SLS Sketch Planning Tool helps to identify transportation infrastructure exposed to current and future flooding. The tool is publicly accessible  at: Two workshop sessionswill be conducted by the  GeoPlanCenter. Registration is required.

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Plant City roadways extension studies:
Sam Allen Rd & Rice Rd

In  support  of   Plant City's future growth and economic development ,  t he Hillsborough  MPO  has  h ire d an engineering firm to look at   extending  two road s eastward :   Sam Allen Road and Rice Road.   These  extensions would provide  n e w  east-west  routes  between  Cou nty Line Road and  existing  roads  in Plant City.

hillsborough river planning
Sewage Spill into Hillsborough River prompts River Board review

The River Board's Technical Advisory Council invited representatives of the City of Tampa and Environmental Agencies to their September meeting to discuss the health and safety response to two recent sewage spills. On August 28 th, heavy rains overwhelmed  the  Tampa Sewage system causing 320,000 gallons of raw sewage to spill into the Hillsborough River in two different locations.

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