Title VI and Accessibility

equity and non-descrimination graphicNondiscrimination Commitment

The Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO),Hillsborough City-County Planning Commission (PC), and Hillsborough River Interlocal Planning Board (RB) assures that no person shall on the grounds of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any MPO,PC, or RB sponsored program or activity. The MPO,PC, and RB also assures that every effort will be made to prevent discrimination through the impacts of its programs, policies and activities on minority and low-income populations. Additionally, the MPO,PC, and RB will take reasonable steps to provide meaningful access to services for persons with limited English proficiency.

Click to review The Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization 2018 Nondiscrimination Plan

To learn more about our commitment to nondiscrimination and diversity contact our Title VI/Nondiscrimination Coordinator, Joshua Barber, at (813) 273-3774 x313 or Barberj@plancom.org

Title VI Complaint Forms and Procedure

If you feel you have been discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability by the Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), you may fill out a Title VI Complaint Form in the link below. The Title VI Complaint Procedure is also provided below.  Any complaints should be sent to Joshua Barber at Barberj@plancom.org

Title VI Complaint Form – English

Title VI Formulario de Queja – Español

Title VI Complaint Procedure

Accessibility

The Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), Hillsborough City-County Planning Commission, and Hillsborough River Interlocal Planning Board are committed to providing accessible content and services to all people. The organization is currently going through the process to meet federal and industry standards for accessibility for all our documents and services.

The organization has resources available to assist those who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, vision impaired, and speech disabled. Through the Florida Relay Service, people who use specialized telephone equipment can communicate with people who use standard telephone equipment. To call Florida Relay, dial 7-1-1.

In the top right corner of our website there is an accessibility widget which provides keyboard navigation, a screen reader, increased contrast options, bigger text, and other options to improve navigation on our website.

If there are documents or services that you are having an issue accessing, or if you need further information about any of these services, please contact Joshua Barber at (813) 273-3774 x313 or Barberj@plancom.org

It is important to note that under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public-records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, contact this office by phone at (813) 272-5940. Please note that our phone system can capture a voicemail as a recording, which if emailed may also be subject to a public-records request.

Services and Resources for Those with Limited English Proficiency (LEP)

The Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission, and Hillsborough River Interlocal Planning Board are committed to ensuring that people with limited English proficiency can effectively participate and access all agency documents and services. Below the search bar at the top of our website is a dropdown that allows for translation of our website in over 75 languages.

The MPO’s 2018 Nondiscrimination Plan details resources available to assist those who do not speak, read, or write English well. You can access that plan at this link. Learn more about the MPO’s commitment to providing language interpretation or translation services with our LEP Policy Statement.

If you need translation or oral interpretation services to attend public meetings or access our plans and programs please contact Joshua Barber at (813) 273-3774 x313 or Barberj@plancom.org at least three working days prior to the meeting.

Transportation Disadvantaged Services

Persons who qualify as transportation disadvantaged in Hillsborough County and are in need of transportation to and from a Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), Planning Commission, or River Board meeting (free of cost) should contact Joshua Barber at (813) 273-3774 x313 or BarberJ@plancom.org at least three working days prior to the meeting.

To learn more about Transportation Disadvantaged Services in Hillsborough County please visit the Sunshine Line Website: Hillsborough County Sunshine Line Website.

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program (DBE)

The Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program is intended to address ongoing discrimination and the continuing effects of past discrimination in federally assisted and state-assisted programs. The primary goal and objective of the DBE program is to level the playing field by providing small businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals, namely women and people of color, a fair opportunity to compete for federally- and state-funded transportation contracts.

The Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has adopted the Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) DBE Program in accordance with regulations of the US Department of Transportation and FDOT. Learn more about the program here: FDOT DBE Program.

The Hillsborough City-County Planning Commission does not have a specific DBE Program. However, the agency employs methods in the recruitment and evaluation of consultant and contractor selection to encourage DBEs. Additional recommendations on how to best ensure equal and fair opportunity to businesses owned by women and individuals who belong to minority groups will be made as part of the 2021 Nondiscrimination Plan update.

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