Title VI and Nondiscrimination Plan

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Project Overview

The Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is required to develop and adopt a Title VI and Nondiscrimination Plan to demonstrate that the agency does not discriminate in the provision and execution of agency activities. An update to this plan every three years is considered best practice. The Hillsborough MPO Title VI and Nondiscrimination Plan was last adopted by the MPO Board in 2018.

The 2018 plan can viewed here: 2018 Hillsborough MPO Title VI and Nondiscrimination Plan

An updated Title VI and Nondiscrimination Plan will be adopted in 2021. After the passing of a Racial Equity Resolution in August 2020, it was decided that this update presents an opportunity to expand the MPO Title VI and Nondiscrimination Plan to incorporate the Hillsborough City-County Planning Commission. This proactive step would better ensure nondiscrimination in the provision and execution of all agency activities and further the advancement of equitable processes and outcomes.

Hillsborough MPO and Hillsborough City-County Planning Commission staff are currently working on this plan update. The status of this project will be provided on this webpage including completed technical memorandums and public engagement opportunities. Look for the Planning for Equity Initiative logo for more projects and actions connected to the Nondiscrimination Plan update and other efforts to improve equitable outcomes through community planning in Hillsborough County.

Scope of the Study

Task 1. Define Equity

Task 2. History of Discriminatory Planning

Task 3. Community Mapping

Task 4. Review Existing Conditions

  • Internal Agency Plans and Processes
  • External Community Outcomes

Task 5. Community Engagement

Task 6. Best Practices and Recommendations

Task 7. Writing the 2021 Nondiscrimination Plan

HOLC Redlined Map of Tampa from the 1930s

Current Focus

Historical Context

Jane Jacobs protestLangston Hughes once said, “The past has been a mint Of blood and sorrow. That must not be True of tomorrow,” and Carl Sagan proposed that, “You have to know the past to understand the present.” To this end, Plan Hillsborough staff are assembling a report to document local, state, and Federal planning and policy decisions that were intentionally or unintentionally discriminatory, and how those policies and plans were carried out in Hillsborough County. This history will range from early Spanish expeditions in the 1500’s through urban renewal, the construction of the Interstate Highway System, and up to the current day.

Plan Development

Plan Hillsborough staff are developing a variety of materials to best inform our equity efforts. In addition to reviewing the discriminatory history of planning in Hillsborough County, the agency is developing an equity framework and an agency definition of equity as mentioned above in Task 1.  Staff are also updating our community mapping processes with the latest census data, documenting equity-related work the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission and Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization have conducted, and identifying existing equity conditions in our communities in terms of housing, land use, and transportation.

Early Engagement

A community engagement process has been developed for the Nondiscrimination Plan with the help of consultant Danielle Bayard Jackson, founder of TELL Public Relations, and Charles Brown, MPA, CPD, LCI and Senior Research Specialist at Rutgers University.

Early community engagement goes from December 2020 through January 2021. During this time, project staff are collecting survey responses from members of underserved communities as identified by our communities of concern maps. Staff are also collecting contact information of individuals that are interested in assisting with future equity work and engagement activities related to the Nondiscrimination Plan.

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Future Steps

  • Active Community Engagement

    Active engagement will begin in early 2021 and is intended to help inform the recommendations and outcomes of the plan. The agency will be doing focus groups with members of underserved communities in February and March of 2021.

    If you are interested in speaking with staff about equity in Hillsborough County, participating in demographic-based focus groups, or otherwise assisting in the plan development please contact Project Planner Dayna Lazarus at 813-582-7383 or e-mail lazarusd@plancom.org.


Why is this plan being written?

Under federal law, the Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is required to develop and adopt a Title VI and Nondiscrimination Program to ensure nondiscrimination in the provision and execution of agency activities. This plan demonstrates our adherence to these federal laws and regulations. A plan update every three years is considered best practice. The last Hillsborough MPO Title VI and Nondiscrimination Plan was adopted by the MPO Board in 2018.

After the passing of the 2020 Racial Equity Resolution, Plan Hillsborough recommitted itself to addressing racial equity in transportation and land use planning, and identified the 2021 Nondiscrimination Plan update as an appropriate place to document research and make agency wide recommendations.

What are the geographic boundaries of this plan?

All of Hillsborough County

When will this plan update be concluded?

Summer 2021

How can I stay involved?

Project-related documents will be updated on this webpage as they become available. Get updates on this project by clicking on the Sign me up! button above or contacting one of the project planners below.


Phase 1

Early Community Engagement. Take the survey bit.ly/hcequity





Joshua Barber, MPO, Nondiscrimination Plan Project Manager, (813) 273-3774 x313, barberj@plancom.org

Dayna Lazarus, Plan Hillsborough, Nondiscrimination Plan Project Planner, 813-582-7383, lazarusd@plancom.org