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FLiP Jr. youth to reveal “Our City” beautification project

July 2021 – Plan Hillsborough invites the public to the Tampa Heights Junior Civic Association (THJCA) on July 31 for the final reveal of the “Our City” beautification project featuring the work of 20 local youth. The three-week project involves landscape restoration and a mural is part of FLiP Jr. (Future Leaders in Planning), Plan…

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Housing Section of the Hillsborough County Comprehensive Plan update to explore revising Affordable Housing Density Bonus

July 2021 – Establishing policies that will provide housing for all residents, regardless of socioeconomic background, is a significant factor in planning for a community. To meet the changing needs of the County, the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission is currently updating the Housing Section of the Unincorporated Hillsborough County Comprehensive Plan Update (the Plan)…

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Residents share thoughts on growth and development in unincorporated county area

July 2021 – Citizen and stakeholder outreach is paramount to comprehensive planning. As part of the continued updates to Hillsborough County’s Comprehensive Plan, and at the direction of the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners, the Planning Commission enlisted HCP Associates to get statistically valid feedback from unincorporated area residents on growth, quality of life,…

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iCanBike program teaches people with disabilities to ride bikes

July 2021 – It was a moment Paisley will always remember: the day she learned how to ride a bike. Gena Torres remembers that moment as well; she’s the volunteer that taught Paisley how to ride. “It was such an honor to participate in the iCan Bike program this summer,” the TPO executive planner fondly…

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Gulf Coast Safe Streets Summit 2021 accepting presentation proposals

July 2021 – A call for proposals is now open for the Gulf Coast Safe Streets Summit, an annual event that advocates for transportation safety and accessibility throughout the Tampa Bay area. The hybrid event takes place November 2–4, 2021, and will feature virtual speakers, virtual panels, in-person mobile workshops, and virtual presentation sessions. The deadline for proposals is July 23, 2021. “Plan Hillsborough is excited to…

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Restoration of Lower Green Swamp Preserve benefits the Hillsborough River

July 2021 – At the River Board’s June meeting, Stephen Raymond, Hillsborough County, and Maya Burke, Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP), discussed the Lower Green Swamp Preserve Hydrologic Improvement and Freshwater Wetland Restoration Project. This project provides benefits to the Hillsborough River as this area is part of the headwaters of the river. Ms. Burke…

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Plan Hillsborough helps keep youth learning this summer

June 2021 – In  April 2021, Lena Young, founder of the Tampa Heights Junior Civic Association (THJCA), called upon Plan Hillsborough to share its expertise with the youth at her summer camp. Agency staff eagerly moved into action. The result is an eight-week, high-energy program designed to help young people advocate for city planning and…

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Request for proposals for Commercial Locational Criteria study

June 2021 – The Planning Commission is in the process of updating the Future of Hillsborough: Comprehensive Plan for Unincorporated Hillsborough County Florida. This study will update the framework for allowing non-residential development in residential land use categories and balance the changing demands for retail and non-residential uses in residential areas based upon the continued…

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An in-depth look at income inequality in Hillsborough County

June 2021 – An in-depth look at income inequality in Hillsborough County “The extent of and continuing increase in inequality in the United States greatly concerns me.” – Janet Yellen, Secretary of the Treasury[i] Despite tremendous growth in the county’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in the last 10 years (29%)[ii], household median income in Hillsborough…

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TPO Board gives the green light to Transportation Improvement Program

June 2021 – On June 9, 2021, the Hillsborough Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) approved its Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), a five-year plan that includes $3.1 billion in funding for local transportation projects. During the five-hour-long meeting, Board members heard recommendations from TPO staff, FDOT Secretary David Gwynn, and the public. Projects proposed for I-275 through…

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Equity is on the way as Nondiscrimination Plan moves closer to completion

June 2021 – This year’s Nondiscrimination Plan update is almost complete. As of March 2021, staff finished a public engagement phase with Hillsborough County residents to identify the challenges they face accessing community elements, such as transportation options, quality housing, public engagement meetings, and to other important places in the County. The goal of this…

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Request for Proposals for Commercial-Locational Criteria Study

Overview The Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission (the “Planning Commission”) provides long-range planning services for four local governments including: unincorporated Hillsborough County and the Cities of Tampa, Plant City, and Temple Terrace. Planning Commission staff is in the process of updating the Future of Hillsborough: Comprehensive Plan for Unincorporated Hillsborough County Florida. It has been…

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