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Tell us your story at the Planning for Equity Storytelling Forum

February 2021 – Do you struggle to access affordable housing, a quality job where you’re paid a living wage, or transportation to get from place to place? Are you a member of a federally-protected demographic group; for example, are you a person of color, low-income, LGBTQ, or have a disability? Come to the virtual Planning…

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Environmental & Sustainability section update kicks off with public engagement

February 2021 – The Environmental and Sustainability Section, a component of the overall Unincorporated Hillsborough County Comprehensive Plan update, is moving forward as part of the January cycle of plan amendments. The Environmental and Sustainability Section serves to update the Conservation and Aquifer Recharge Element of the Comprehensive Plan. The Section will continue to provide…

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New Year brings new River Board members and officers

February 2021 – At the January 25 River Board Meeting, we welcomed new Temple Terrace representative Councilmember Meredith Abel. Ms. Abel was elected to the Temple Terrace City Council November 3, 2020 for a four-year term. She taught high school level science and language arts for 11 years, currently teaches karate and self-defense to local…

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The 2020 Annual Report is out!

January 2021 – Learn about our special projects, ongoing work, and behind the scenes successes accomplished in 2020. Throughout this unprecedented time, our agency has continued to work together and collaborate with our local partner governments, citizens, stakeholders, boards, and committees in a virtual environment to ensure our communities continue to thrive. Read the Plan…

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Hillsborough River offers plenty of socially distant activities

January 2021 – With social distancing, masks, and other precautions still needed due to the health pandemic, recreation on and around the Hillsborough River has never been better. There are opportunities to rent canoes on the Hillsborough River from private vendors and at some Hillsborough County Parks, like Lettuce Lake Park.  During the cooler months,…

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Bridge the learning gap

December 2020 – In the December 2020 issue of the American Planning Association’s Planning Magazine, an article titled Bridge the Learner Gap featured two Plan Hillsborough planners. Melissa Dickens, AICP and Yeneka Mills were both quoted in the article sharing how a mentor can help build new skills, broaden your perspective, and take your career…

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Tampa updates Hillsborough River speed zones

December 2020 – Speed restrictions for boaters are important to prevent erosion, to prevent damage to docks and moored boats, for the protection of wildlife, and public safety. Over the years, various areas of the lower Hillsborough River were speed restricted. Some areas are “slow speed,” while others are “idle speed.”  For those traveling this…

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Plan Hillsborough recommits to Equity with 2021 Nondiscrimination Plan

November 2020 – Throughout the course of history, racial discrimination has been evident in transportation and land use planning. In Hillsborough County, neighborhood clearing was manifested in the construction of I-275 and I-4 which were used to divide African American communities and eliminate the Central Avenue Business District. After a wave of protests for racial…

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Great American Teach-In 2020

November 2020 – On Thursday, November 19 several Plan Hillsborough staff participated in the Great American Teach-In, held virtually due to the pandemic. Our staff presented to 16 classes of high schoolers at Tampa Bay Tech on how Smart Cities technology can change transportation and encouraged them to share their feedback through the survey. Many…

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Staff Spotlight: Joshua Barber

Joshua Barber | Community Planner II | Tenure: 9 months Joshua Barber is a Community Planner II with the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and has been with the agency for nine months. Prior to working at the MPO, he worked for a medium-sized consulting firm in Tampa doing multimodal and transit planning for two years…

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Staff Spotlight: Priya Nagaraj

Priya Nagaraj | Database Systems Technician | 3 Months Priya Nagaraj is the Database Systems Technician for our Planning Support Services Division. She will be involved in the Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Transportation Improvement Program database administration and support. She will also support the access database, web development and IT for the Plan Hillsborough staff. Priya…

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Take the Community Resiliency Information System survey

November 2020 – Plan Hillsborough continues to work on enhancing resiliency in Hillsborough County through planning and collaboration with its local partners. Tropical Storm Eta has passed, but the 2020 hurricane season does not end until November 30. It’s not too soon to consider a plan for the next hurricane season! You can share your…

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Stakeholders assess minimum flow of the Hillsborough River

November 2020 – Gone are the days when the lower river was a stagnant backwater without any water flowing down from the middle river. The Lower Hillsborough River running through Tampa is once again healthy for wildlife and recreation. This is in no small part due to the establishment of a regulatory minimum flow of…

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Our meetings will continue to be accessible online

October 2020 – The Governor has not extended his executive order for virtual meetings past October. Plan Hillsborough is working out the details to allow for a quorum of our boards and committees to meet in person, socially distanced with masks. We will continue to televise and live-stream meetings online as we have since March….

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USF studies plastic pollution in the Hillsborough River

October 2020 – Plastics are everywhere in the environment and pose a serious threat to natural systems and wildlife. In rivers, plastic breaks down into smaller parts but doesn’t decompose, making it a conduit, collector and source of pollution. To help solve this problem, PhD candidate Charlotte Haberstroh with the USF Department of Civil &…

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