On April 11, the American Planning Association (APA) announced exemplary comprehensive plans with integrated sustainability elements. The Planning Commission received recognition from APA’s Comprehensive Plan Standards for Sustaining Places Recognition Program Pilot for two Florida area comprehensive plans. Imagine 2040: Temple Terrace Comprehensive Plan earned gold level recognition and Imagine 2040: Plant City Comprehensive Plan received silver level recognition. In 2016, the Planning Commission also received silver recognition for Imagine 2040: Tampa Comprehensive Plan. The Planning Commission is the only recipient to have multiple plans recognized through the pilot program. “The Planning Commission and our entire Plan Hillsborough staff is so proud to have achieved the only Gold Level Comprehensive Plan for Sustaining Places nationwide,” said Melissa Zornitta, Executive Director of the Planning Commission. “After working together with our citizens and partners in planning for more than two years, we are thrilled to have the comprehensive plans of all three cities recognized as guides toward a more sustainable, enduring, and equitable future.”
“We are proud to be honored with the American Planning Association’s first-ever gold level award for Comprehensive Plan Standards for Sustaining Places. Our Imagine 2040 Comprehensive Plan emphasizes multi-modal transportation while protecting our historical and natural assets as we move forward toward creating a sustainable future for our amazing city.” – Charles Stephenson, Temple Terrace City Manager
“For our growing city to meet its vision, we must successfully master change and lead. Over a two-year period, our city partnered with the Planning Commission to develop the Imagine 2040: Plant City Comprehensive Plan – a blueprint to guide us towards a more sustainable future. We are honored by this recognition from the American Planning Association.” – Rick Lott, Plant City Mayor
“This achievement is another well deserved recognition for our hard working staff. Their collaborative work with the Planning Commission highlights an innovative vision for Tampa’s future and the future of this region. We look forward to implementing this long term plan and transforming Tampa into a city that competes with cities across the globe.” – Bob Buckhorn, Tampa Mayor
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