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Plan Hillsborough continues to work remotely

April 2020 – In response to Hillsborough County’s guidance over COVID-19 public health concerns, Plan Hillsborough pivoted to a completely remote work schedule on March 17 to protect the health and safety of citizens and staff. The agency was able to adapt so quickly thanks to an already established remote work policy, further modified for…

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2020 Commuter Challenge Week recap

March 2020 – Approximately half of Plan Hillsborough staff participated in our 4th Annual Commuter Challenge week using a variety of transportation modes. For those with longer commutes, transit and carpooling were the most common options. For those living a bit closer to work, walking, biking, and the new scooter-share program were used and gave…

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Midtown Tampa is moving on up

March 2020 – Our February Info BBQ (Brown Bag Quarterly) participants donned hard hats for a tour of the Midtown Tampa construction site. Robert Curren, the onsite Senior Superintendent and Christina Harden, Operations Manager for the master developer for Midtown Tampa, led the tour and spoke about the history of the project, current progress, and…

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Plan Hillsborough reports on Strategic Plan implementation

March 2020 – In August 2018, Plan Hillsborough adopted the 2018-2023 Plan Hillsborough Strategic Plan developed in collaboration with the agency’s three boards and staff. The five-year plan outlines near-term objectives across the agency, prioritization of resources, and strategies to enhance the multidisciplinary work of the agency. At the February Planning Commission meeting, staff shared…

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Shape your community: the 2020 Census

March 2020 – As 2020 Census activities ramp up across the country, the Census Bureau, its partners, and Complete Count Committee’s (CCC) across the nation have been educating the public on the importance of civic participation in the census and how it will help shape their communities. The once-a-decade population count is required by the…

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Community engagement grows for WVR-2 and RP-2

March 2020 – The project teams for the Wimauma Village Residential & Community Character Profile (WVR-2) and Residential Planned-2 (RP-2) Land Use Study continue to engage the community in key discussions. To ensure an open and collaborative process, both have held stakeholder meetings, feedback sessions, open houses, presentations to community groups, and conducted online surveys….

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2020 Commuter Challenge Week February 10-14

February 2020 – Our Fourth Annual Commuter Challenge Week will take place February 10-14. We had so much fun last year, we thought you would love another opportunity to fall in love with your commute in preparation for Valentine’s Day! Select a new mode of transportation, other than driving alone, and invite a co-worker to…

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Melissa Zornitta appointed chair of USF MURP Advisory Board

February 2020 – The University of South Florida’s (USF) Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) program approached Melissa Zornitta, Planning Commission Executive Director, to be the chair of their newly convened Advisory Board. Melissa Zornitta is a big proponent of the MURP program, as Plan Hillsborough has several graduates that went on to become…

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Community Studies begin in Wimauma, Gibsonton, and the RP-2 Land Use Category

February 2020 – One of the Planning Commission’s focus areas is studying planning issues at the community or neighborhood level. Three new studies are now underway in Unincorporated Hillsborough County that takes a closer look at the land use, infrastructure, and other trends happening in these areas. A community profile is being created for the…

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Community Vulnerability Study begins Phase 2: Mitigation Measures

February 2020 – The Community Vulnerability Study aids Hillsborough County with meeting local, state and federal planning requirements for the continuous threat of flooding and longitudinal sea level rise. The Planning Commission is assisting the County with managing this study and working with the University of South Florida’s (USF) Florida Center for Community Design and…

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Garden Steps project: making stone soup

February 2020 – On January 28, County Commission Chair Lesley J. “Les” Miller Jr. was joined by Tampa Mayor Jane Castor and Tampa Councilman Orlando Gudes in celebrating the kick-off of the Garden Steps project, funded by a grant from the Aetna Foundation and American Public Health Association. Led by the MPO and Coalition of…

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Plant City initiates new Transit Master Plan study

February 2020 – The MPO is collaborating with Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) and the City of Plant City to create a Transit Master Plan for the City of Plant City. This is a short term study that will be completed by mid-summer of 2020 and will explore the feasibility of re-initiating a transit service…

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Farewell to Commissioners Wilds and Willman

In December 2019, the Planning Commission bid a fond farewell to two of its Commissioners, longtime Planning Commission Vice Chair Jacqueline Wilds and Commissioner Jennifer Willman. Their vision, leadership, and commitment to continuing to improve the quality of life in Hillsborough County will be missed. We wish them both continued success. Jacqueline Wilds 2011–2019 |…

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Jan 2020 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade volunteers needed

January 2020 – Join Plan Hillsborough staff and the Vision Zero Coalition as we walk in the 31st annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade on Monday, January 20. The parade is a great opportunity to share the Vision Zero message with East Tampa and other attendees. The parade begins at noon and we will meet…

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