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Industrial lands trends in Hillsborough County

June 2020 – Since 2012, Hillsborough County lost nearly 1 in 5 acres of industrial lands[i]. In response, the Planning Commission researched various strategies to ensure adequate industrial lands are available for such development. Staff conducted an analysis of industrial lands and policy approaches from other communities focusing on industrial preservation. The final report analyzes…

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Call for entries for our 38th Annual Planning & Design Awards

June 2020 – The Planning Commission is proud to announce our 38th annual celebration of excellence in planning in Hillsborough County. If you have been a part of a project contributing to a better quality of life in our community, we encourage you to apply. Early bird entries are open! Visit the web page to…

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Plant City Transit Study Survey

June 2020 – Plant City is one of the fastest growing areas in Hillsborough County with over 40,000 residents and is strategically located between Tampa and Lakeland. In the mid-2000s, HART and Plant City operated the Strawberry Connector service to provide circulator trips within Plant City, which ceased operation during 2008. Starting in 2012, HART…

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City of Plant City: PC/CPA 20-03 and PC/CPA 20-04 map amendments

City of Plant City: PC/CPA 20-03 Adjacent Notice PC/CPA 20-03 Future Land Use Map Amendment – Southwest corner of Charlie Taylor and East Knights Griffin Roads Size: 89.96± Acres From: Mixed Use – Residential/Commercial (30.74± Acres), Residential-4 (54.68± Acres) and Natural Preservation (4.54± Acres) To: Mixed Use – Residential/Commercial Impacts: Increases the size of the…

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Focusing on agency internal collaboration

May 2020 – As one of Plan Hillsborough’s Strategic Plan Strategic Priorities, Internal Agency Enhancements are primarily focused on improving internal communication across teams and between staff with different roles and responsibilities. The need for maintaining strong internal connections became even more important once the agency transitioned to a virtual work environment in March where…

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Studying post COVID-19 economic impacts

Economic Outlook May 2020 So, we are moving towards reopening the country and the state. What has happened to our economy and how do we know when it’s back on track? We are glad you asked! Here, we hope to provide some guideposts to help you navigate the ocean of economic data. There are three…

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Staff Spotlight: Cheryl Wilkening

Cheryl Wilkening | Administrative Assistant II | Tenure: 1 Year Cheryl Wilkening was hired as the Administrative Assistant II for the MPO on June 10, 2019. In the short time she has worked for the MPO she has helped organize two public hearings, and many workshops and committee meetings. She assisted with the GPC selection process, Long…

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Staff Spotlight: Yeneka Mills

Yeneka Mills | Principal Planner | Tenure: 14 years Yeneka started at the Planning Commission as an intern in 2005 and was hired soon after as a Community Planner. In January 2016 she was promoted to Senior Planner and earlier this year she was promoted to her current position, Principal Planner. One of the highlights…

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One Water Comprehensive Plan updates continue to move forward

May 2020 – Updates to the One Water Chapter, a component of the overall Unincorporated Hillsborough County Comprehensive Plan update, are moving forward as part of the April cycle of plan amendments. The One Water Chapter synthesizes and modernizes the water resources language that previously lived in siloed Elements. The Chapter combines the Potable Water,…

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Educational webinar opportunities May/June 2020

May 2020 – If you are looking for educational opportunities during these unprecedented times, you may be interested in some of these transportation-oriented webinars! Topics range from partnering to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety, safety analytics, increased demand for safe public space, and many others. These engaging sessions are valuable ways to provide participants with…

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Missing Middle Housing was the focus of April 2020 Info BBQ

More than 50 people participated in the Planning Commission’s first virtual Info BBQ (Brown Bag Quarterly) on April 13, 2020. Our guest speakers Elizabeth Abernethy, AICP, Director of Planning and Development Services, and Derek Kilborn, Urban Planning & Historic Preservation Division Manager, shared the new zoning category allowing “Missing Middle” housing types along transit corridors…

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Take advantage of webinar opportunities while staying ‘safer at home’

April 2020 – If you are looking for something productive to do while social distancing, take a look at these educational webinars! Webinar topics range from resilience planning, collaboration on long-term regional visioning, to smart cities and emerging trends in safety, just to name a few. Robust and engaging sessions are sure to provide attendees…

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FLiP 2020 is cancelled

April 2020 – Due to COVID-19, and in the interest of the safety of participating students, presentation partners, and staff, we are saddened to announce that FLiP 2020 has been cancelled. Any applications submitted this year (except current seniors) will be included for consideration for FLiP 2021. Click here to learn more about the FLiP…

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Special Area Studies during COVID-19

April 2020 – The first two weeks of March were a busy time for the Wimauma Community Plan Update, Wimauma Village Residential-2 (WVR-2) Land Use Study and Residential Planned-2 (RP-2) Land Use Study. These projects held stakeholder meetings, feedback sessions, open houses, presentations to community groups, and online surveys. With the emergence of the COVID-19…

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