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Diego Guerra and Michael Rempfer present at 2021 APA National Planning Conference

May 2021 – The Planning Commission’s own Diego Guerra and Michael Rempfer presented at the APA National Planning Conference on May 5, 2021. Their session on Innovative Approaches for Comprehensive Planning discussed how to leverage technology to analyze and display large volumes of data, integrate input from multiple stakeholders, and improve communication with the public….

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Hillsborough County’s economy sees 29% growth since 2010

May 2021 – “Living and working in Tampa-Hillsborough isn’t quite like being on vacation every day, but it comes pretty close. Yes, there are theme parks and beaches and warm breezes in January. But there is also a vibrant mix of Fortune 500 companies, sassy tech start-ups, world-class health care facilities and serious educational options….

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Garden Steps celebrates Earth Day in East Tampa

May 2021 – In celebration of Earth Day 2021, community members enjoyed a special gathering on April 23 at the Healthy 22nd Street Demonstration Garden in East Tampa. The Coalition of Community Gardens hosted the event which featured several local vendors and planning partners. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor also stopped by to welcome guests. During…

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Meet Plan Hillsborough’s newest team members!

May 2021 – Over the past year, Plan Hillsborough welcomed five talented new team members who work to support the Planning Commission, Hillsborough MPO, and the Hillsborough River Interlocal Planning Board.  Sofia Garantiva Sofia Garantiva, AICP, recently joined the Planning Commission as a Senior Planner. Her responsibilities include special area studies and project management. Sofia…

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Plan Hillsborough proves we “Love to Ride”

April 2021 – In March, Plan Hillsborough staff participated in Love to Ride’s Tampa Bay Bike Challenge along with 37 other workplaces. Bike/Walk Tampa Bay organized the event, and Plan Hillsborough placed first in its size category. With overwhelming participation, the agency also managed to outride many larger organizations. Overall, participants in the challenge rode 111,441…

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BOCC extends moratorium for WVR-2 and RP-2, requests additional public meetings

April 2021 – At their March 4 and April 7 public hearings, the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) heard from the community and approved the moratorium extension prohibiting new rezoning applications in the Residential Planned-2 (RP-2) and Wimauma Village Residential-2 (WVR-2) land use categories in the Balm and Wimauma Community Planning Areas. This extension is…

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Three new section updates underway for Hillsborough County Comprehensive Plan

April 2021 – As part of the phased approach, Planning Commission staff is working with Hillsborough County subject matter experts to prepare updates to three sections of the plan – Coastal Management, Solid Waste, and Recreation and Open Space. Beginning in May, staff will be hosting opportunities for public and stakeholder feedback on the drafts….

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Garden Steps to host Earth Day celebration at Healthy 22nd Street

April 2021 – On Saturday, April 24, the Coalition of Community Gardens will host an Earth Day celebration from 11 am to 2 pm at the Healthy 22nd Street Demonstration Garden. The garden is located at 22nd Street between Chelsea St. and Osborne Ave in Tampa. This free, outdoor community event will feature representatives from…

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Designing communities for health equity

March 2021 – Equity for all people and how to achieve progress in closing the gaps that fall along racial, socioeconomic, gender, and other major demographic groupings is at the heart of our Health in All Policies initiatives. Learn more about Plan Hillsborough’s efforts on Planning for Health. Watch the video Video created by B.Stellar…

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Planning Commission welcomes new Commissioners and thanks outgoing Commissioners

March 2021 – At the March 8, 2021 meeting of the Planning Commission, we welcomed new Planning Commissioner Vivienne Handy as she took her oath of office. Commissioner Handy is a certified Professional Wetland Scientist (PWS) possessing over 30 years of experience in natural resource management and environmental permitting. She is also a member of…

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Historical permit data reveals economic impacts on development

March 2021 – The Planning Commission maintains a database of historical permit activity from the year 2000 to the present day. Having completed our analysis of quarter four for 2020, staff has taken the opportunity to review and reflect on some historical trends over the twenty-year time frame.  Generally, permit activity is currently at the…

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Florida’s economy sees expanding growth

March 2021 – “Be fast, have no regrets… If you need to be right before you move, you will never win”, Dr. Michael Ryan, Executive Director, WHO Health Emergencies Programme. Undoubtedly, there have been a series of fortunate events. We now have various vaccines and mass vaccinations are underway in many countries. Mercifully, the flu…

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