issue 6 | january 18
Planning Commission  
Hillsborough MPO
Hillsborough River Board 
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working together with you
A look back at 2017

Our 2017 Annual Report highlights many projects and accomplishments our staff has achieved. We continued to strive to exemplify our agency values - Integrity and Trust, Innovation, Transparency, Stewardship, and Servant Leadership, as we serve the Planning Commission, Hillsborough River Board, and Metropolitan Planning Organization, the four local governments, and the citizens of our community.

Check out our 2017 Annual Report.

The Hillsborough MPO has printed a 2018 Calendar that includes its 2018 Board and Committee meetings and a look back at the MPO's 2017 projects and highlights. If you'd like a nifty wall calendar with beautiful transportation images and vision, copies are available in our lobby or by contacting Wanda West, 813.273.3774 x331.
2045 growth forecasts and scenario planning

The Planning Commission and M PO  are working t ogether  t o  forecast  how many and  where  people will be living and working in Hillsborough County in 2045. The  forecasts are  used  to help pl an for  transportation,  schools, water and sewer, fire  and  emergency  services , parks and recreation, and  so on  
Of course there are many  uncertainties - such as , what percent of vehicles will be driverless  and wirelessly  connected   -   along  with  major decisions  for the community   -  like  expan sion of  the urban service boundary  o r   invest ment  in a rapid transit system.  To help explore the se and o ther  o ptions,  this project will create three  very different visions of  20 4 5 ,   a n d   then  ask for public feedback  on them .

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land use &
comprehensive planning 
Public Hearing for changes in election districts for Tampa City Council on January 22

A public hearing will be held on Monday, January 22, 2018  at 7:30 p.m. in the Planning Commission boardroom on the 18th floor of the County Center at 601 E Kennedy Boulevard in Downtown Tampa. Public comment on a plan for single-member election districts for the Tampa City Council 2019 elections is encouraged. The four single-member districts are revised every four years to allow for changes in population. The purpose of the public hearing is for the Planning Commission to approve city council districts after receiving public input and then transmit the new district boundaries to the Supervisor of Elections.
Info BBQ goes out to The Graham on January 31

Please  join  the Planning Commission for  our  next   Info BBQ (Brown Bag Quarterly) on Wednesday, January 31 at The Graham at Gracepoint!  The Info BBQ begins at 11:30 a.m. with a complementary lunch and presentation followed by   a walking tour from noon until 1:00 p.m.  
"We believe affordable housing shouldn't look like affordable housing; it can be designed with modern features, green certified, and a place proudly called home, " said Gracepoint Special Projects Manager Susan Morgan, MSW. Susan will be joined by the  developer Bowen Arnold, Manager and Principal at DDA Development to lead the  tour .

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Training our emerging leaders for the future

The Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) was developed to begin a process for Plan Hillsborough to address the retirement of many of the agency's current leadership over the next few years. A year-long program that began in January 2017, ELP was designed to train selected staff on the fundamentals of leadership and management. The program also provided insights on how the agency operates and the dynamics of the Hillsborough County public and private sectors.   

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transportation connections 
& planning
Imagine 2040 Transportation Plan Amendment Public Hearing on February 6

A proposed amendment to the 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan to widen I-275 from the north end of the Howard Frankland Bridge to the State Road 60 (Memorial Highway) interchange by adding ramps to and from two express lanes in each direction on the rebuilt Howard Frankland Bridge. The project is scheduled for construction starting in 2020. Operational improvements to add a general use lane in each direction in the Westshore area are also planned, but are not subject to this amendment. No additional right-of-way is required.

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Register now for the Gulf Coast Safe Streets Summit

At the urging of local activists, the Hillsborough MPO has drafted one of the first MPO-led Vision Zero Action Plans in the country .   N ow in partnership with our neighboring MPOs, we're organizing the  first-ever Gulf Coast Safe Streets Summit to be held on Tuesday, February 27 at the Glazer Children's Museum in Downtown Tampa . You will not want to miss this event featuring a number of  renowned speakers from around the country!

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Sunshine Line TD
Crossing county lines... without a car

Today, citizens with disabilities, low income, and other challenges may qualify for rides on Hillsborough County's Sunshine Line van service, or in Pinellas County on van services provided by Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority. But their trips cannot cross county borders, because the programs are administered county by county.  Quarterly, some members of the Transportation Disadvantaged Coordinating Boards in Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas get together to advance the goal of seamless trips between counties.

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P ost-disaster recovery training March 1 - 2

The Hillsborough MPO and Sarasota-Manatee MPO will convene an All-Hazards Recovery training workshop on March 1 - 2, 2018. The goals of the workshop are to consider the role of transit, intelligent transportation systems, rideshare, and social media tools in hazard events; establish clear lines of communication; and update action plans for moving on after a storm.

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hillsborough river planning
photo courtesy of
Hillsborough County Public Works
Baker Creek nutrient source tracking

On November 27, John McGee of Hillsborough County Public Works presented information on the Baker Creek Nutrient Source Tracking project to the Hillsborough River Interlocal Planning Board. This project, cooperatively funded with the Southwest Florida Water Management District, identified sources of nutrients affecting the Baker Creek Watershed, which includes tributaries of the Hillsborough River. The study involved an examination of watershed characteristics and pollutant loads, identification of the critical sources of pollutants, and proposed water quality restoration alternatives.

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Promotes, coordinates, collaborates with, and facilitates the involvement of all people in comprehensive planning and visioning to improve economic development opportunities and quality
of life in our community

A long-range transportation policy-making board made up of local government and transportation agency representatives planning for more than $1.5 billion
in state and federally funded multi-modal transportation investments in the first 5 years of each 20+ year plan
Responsible for promoting collaborative planning, regulation, and development along the river corridor while ensuring the environmental health of the river running through Hillsborough County and the cities of Tampa and Temple Terrace

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