issue 7 | february 18
Planning Commission  
Hillsborough MPO
Hillsborough River Board 
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Join us and take the Commuter Challenge February 19 - 23!

Plan Hillsborough  invite s  you to join us in our second annual Commuter Challenge Week February 19 - 23. L eave  your   car at home , and   try another mode of transportation  for a trip, a day, or the week . S hare your exper ience with us on social media using the hashtag: #CommuterChallenge18.  We can't wait to see your photos!    

This year, we're excited to announce 
the Tampa Downtown  Partner ship
has officially accepted the challenge! Join us and walk, bike, take transit, or carpool to get to and from work February 19 - 23. 
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Registration deadline for the
Gulf Coast Safe Streets Summit is February 16!

The stars have aligned, and we have assembled local experts and nationally recognized transportation visionaries for the first-ever Gulf Coast Safe Street Summit! Registration is closing on February 16, and you will not want to miss Keynote Speakers Leah Shahum, Founder and Director of the Vision Zero Network, and Ryan Gravel, AICP, Founder of the Atlanta Beltline. The day is jammed with thought-provoking panel discussions, featuring guests including National Coalition for Safer Roads President Melissa Wandell and the creator of Walking Towards Justice, Charles Brown, MPA.

The $60 registration closes on February 16. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door on February 27 at the Glazer Children's Museum for $75.

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land use &
comprehensive planning 
FLiP 2018 logo
Applications now being accepted for FLiP 2018!

Designed as an opportunity for high school students to explore urban planning as a potential career, Future Leaders in Planning (FLiP) offers a broad exposure to planning from public and private sector perspectives across many fields. In its second year, the annual FLiP  program expanded from nine to eighteen students and from a two-day to a three-day intensive program. This year, we're excited to announce FLiP will accept 21 students for a four-day program!

This FREE program will run May 29, May 30, May 31, and June 1, 2018 from 8:30 am - 5:00 pm and includes meals, snacks, a FLiP T-shirt, and more! Applications must be accompanied by a recommendation and are due by April 18, 2018. 

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In the Zone

A pproval of a recent rezoning illustrates how new development can further the goals of the City of Tampa Comprehensive Plan. On December 14, 2017, Tampa City Council approved an air-conditioned self-storage facility in Seminole Heights through the Planned Development (PD) rezoning process. The PD process requires a site plan to be reviewed by  City of Tampa staff and  Planning Commission staff.  The Planning Commission staff  review s  for consistency with the Comprehensive Plan. In this case, the project did  a number of  things to further the policies related to urban design  a long  a Mixed Use Corridor.

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Thank you to The Graham for a wonderful Info BBQ!

Thank you to The Graham at Gracepoint for a wonderful Info BBQ lunch and tour on January 31. This project was privately funded and used low income housing tax credits and a loan from the State of Florida to create a beautiful living environment for low-income seniors and for the homeless. The community has unique features such as "adopted apartments" which are sponsored by community groups. Residents can volunteer to earn "Graham bucks" which can be used in the community store. Participants on the tour donated items and cash for the residents to use at the store. Learn more:

The Graham at Gracepoint
DDA Development
Tampa Bay Times article

transportation connections 
& planning
Celebrating a long-awaited sidewalk on Busch Boulevard

"I am so glad to hear that we have a new sidewalk on Busch Boulevard. I walked all the way from what would be 15th Street to Chamberlain High School along the railroad track- totally dangerous forever, when I was a kid. Yeah team!" 
Dr. Fernando "Fred" Barja, Jr. O.D. 
Chief, Optometry Services, James A. Haley Veterans Hospital 
Transportation Disadvantaged Coordinating Board Member-at-Large
Dr.  Barja's   enthusiasm comes from the completion of the sidewalk system on the north side of Busch Boulevard where pedestrians now have  safe passage between Florida and Nebraska Avenues. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT),  with the cooperation of adjacent property owners ,   has provided a six foot wide walking  experience for the  public who daily travel the corridor to access w ork, school, health care,  government services ,  and other  needs The Transportation Disadvantaged Coordinating Board has advocated for the complete sidewalk for many years, and had the  construction of a  sidewalk as a  strategy to address existing conditions that place transportation disadvantaged populations in danger in the Transportation Disadvantaged Service Plan since 2013. A special thanks to Lori Marable, FDOT District 7 Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator, for her diligence through out  the process.
Register NOW for the Hillsborough | Sarasota/Manatee All Hazards Recovery Plan Workshop

What if Hurricane Irma had hit us at Category 5? What if our transportation network was damaged or destroyed? What transportation assets would we repair or replace first?

Scenarios like these will be discussed at a workshop on March 1-2, 2018 at the  Manatee County Public Safety Department in Bradenton. The workshop, one of six around the country, is part of a research pilot project funded by the Federal Transit Administration in partnership with the National Association of MPOs, and will be led by the Transportation Research and Education Center of Portland State University.
The two-day workshop costs $20 and includes continental breakfast and hot lunch each day.

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We love the Children's Gasparilla Bicycle Safety Rodeo!

Thank you to the Tampa Police Department and all the volunteers who make this annual event such a huge success. Our Bicycle Pedestrian Advisory Committee loves helping fit the kids with bicycle helmets, assisting along the course, and making a lasting impression on the importance of bicycling safety on our youth.

hillsborough river planning
SWFWMD briefs River Board TAC on Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma provided the River Board Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)  with  a number of  lessons to learn from and opportunities for continued collaboration amongst   the various agencies represented  at the  TAC's January 16  meeting .  Joel Brown,  the   Southwest Florida Water Management District  (SWFWMD)   s taff representative to the River Board T A C ,  bri efed  the TAC  on the District 's  experiences and response to Hurricane Irma.

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