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Meet Plan Hillsborough’s newest team members!

May 2021 – Over the past year, Plan Hillsborough welcomed six 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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Metropolitan Planning Organization now doing business as the Transportation Planning Organization

May 2021 – The Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is now the Hillsborough Transportation Planning Organization (TPO). The name change comes as the organization seeks to better connect its brand to its mission. A policy-making board, the TPO oversees funding for Hillsborough County’s comprehensive transportation planning process. In April 2021, TPO Board members voted to…

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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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Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority officially opens Selmon West Extension

May 2021 – A little bit of rain didn’t stop Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) from celebrating its opening of the Selmon West Extension. THEA officially opened the roadway on April 19, 2021. The $230 million project, a 1.9-mile, elevated toll lane, seamlessly connects drivers traveling from Brandon to Pinellas County. But the project also…

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Transportation planning agencies recognize Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month

May 2021 – On May 2, drivers crossing the Sunshine Skyway Bridge enjoyed a scenic crossing decked in green in honor of Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. The Florida Motorcycle Safety Coalition teamed up with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to light up the bridge to promote motorcycle safety through its “Ride Smart Florida” program….

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River Board hears Tampa’s proposal to re-use wastewater in the river

May 2021 – As reported in last month’s article, PURE, which stands for Purify Usable Resources for the Environment, is a proposed water infrastructure project which Tampa hopes will result in environmental and water resource benefits. If approved, the city will redirect up to 50 million gallons per day of highly treated reclaimed water that…

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Potential Best Practices for Environmentally Friendly Noise Walls

A byproduct of increasing urban populations and highway driving, traffic related noise creates a burden on communities that border major roadways. Community members in these neighborhoods are also affected by vehicle emissions and other traffic-related pollutants. To reduce noise levels, noise walls are typically recognized as the most effective method by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

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Environmentally Sensitive Land Credit – HC/CPA 21-04

Overview At the direction of the Board of County Commission, the Planning Commission staff, the Development Services Department and the County Attorney’s Office  were directed to coordinate and prepare an amendment to the Future Land Use Element of the Comprehensive Plan and the Land Development Code, for the purpose of  eliminating  the Environmentally Sensitive Land…

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Environmental and Sustainability Section

Project Overview and Scope The Environmental and Sustainability Section serves to update the Conservation and Aquifer Recharge Element (CARE) of the Unincorporated Hillsborough County Comprehensive Plan.  The Environmental and Sustainability Section provides a framework for the conservation, use, and protection of natural resources, wetlands, lakes, soil conservation, Cockroach Bay Aquatic Preserve, Hillsborough River, and alternative…

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