Planning Commission News Archive

News and announcements from The Planning Commission as well as planning news from around the region.
  • featured-planninganddesignawards Special Celebration of Planning edition - The Planning Commission is proud to announce the winners of our 34th Annual Planning & Design Awards presented by Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas. The event was held on October 20 at T Pepin’s Hospitality Centre. With the emphasis on the importance of great planning and design in our own region, our awards program aligns...
  • featured-apa-silver Imagine 2040: Tampa Comprehensive Plan receives APA Silver Level Sustaining Places recognition - The City of Tampa and Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission are proud to announce that the Imagine 2040: Tampa Comprehensive Plan has been recognized as one of only 8 Comprehensive Plans nationwide as an example of excellence in comprehensive planning by the American Planning Association (APA). In May 2016, APA launched the Comprehensive Plan Standards...
  • Featured Planning Commission logo Update to User Fees Stakeholder Meeting - The Planning Commission is considering an update to the user fees for a variety of services provided by our agency. Our user fees have not been updated since 1987. A study is looking at the cost associated with our staff providing these services to the public, along with a comparison of other user fees within...
  • featured_BrownBagQuarterly Join us on November 14 for Economics of Place! - You’re warmly invited to bring your own brown bag lunch and join VHB’s Senior Project Manager, Transportation Planning – Brent A. Lacy, AICP and Project Manager, Urban Planning – Curtis M. Ostrodka, AICP, LEED AP, for an in-depth look at how public realm investments can create a significant return on investment by creating great places...
  • Downtown, children, fun City of Tampa prioritizes parks to better serve and add value to our community - The City of Tampa‘s urban parks provide benefits that include celebrating our culture, promoting health and wellness, spurring economic growth, and keeping the community safe. Going above and beyond, the Tampa Parks & Recreation Department offered free daycare services to our community when our public schools were closed during recent hurricanes Hermine and Matthew. In...
  • featured_symbol_GreenSpace Zornitta guests on WMNF sustainable living panel - On September 26, our Executive Director Melissa Zornitta joined VHB’s Brent Lacy and Curt Ostrodka and Forward Pinellas’ Executive Director Whit Blanton as guest panelists on WMNF’s Sustainable Living program. The focus of the discussion was planning for people and earth friendly sustainable communities. Brent and Curt focused on the Parramore Comprehensive Neighborhood Plan that...
  • featured_American_PubHealthAssoc Hillsborough MPO is honored to take ‘Garden Steps’ into the HealthyCommunity50! - 10K ‘seed money’ will increase access to healthy foods in area food deserts To help improve public health through our communities, the Aetna Foundation, the American Public Health Association, and the National Association of Counties announced on September 15 the first-round winners of the Healthiest Cities & Counties Challenge. The HealthyCommunity50, the 50 cities and...
  • Featured Hillsborough River logo Hillsborough River Board celebrates 30 years! - Congratulations to our Hillsborough River Interlocal Planning Board and Technical Advisory Council on 30 years of planning for the environmental health of the Hillsborough River! Created by the Florida Legislature in 1986 to monitor activities and actions in and around the Hillsborough River, the River Board adopted and maintains the River Master Plan and makes...
  • featured_Tampa_logo New online format for Tampa Comprehensive Plan - The Imagine 2040: Tampa Comprehensive Plan is designed to shape the City’s future for generations to come. And the plan is now available in an easier to view and search format online. Double-click to zoom, mousewheel to turn pages. Use controls to search, navigate, download, print or view full screen. The table of contents and...
  • featured_HCPublic_Schools_logo FLiP 2016 introduces students to planning careers - On June 21st, the Planning Commission welcomed the inaugural class to our Future Leaders in Planning (FLiP) student leadership development program. Designed as an opportunity to introduce high school students to urban planning as a potential career, FLiP 2016 gave these students the chance to network with planning professionals and other students with a passion...
  • featured_BrownBagQuarterly Our Next Info BBQ features Sam Schwartz - We are excited to announce that our next Info BBQ will be held on Friday, July 29th from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the Plan Hillsborough Room in the Planning Commission office. Sam Schwartz, P.E. – former Traffic Commissioner of New York City a.k.a. “Gridlock Sam” – returns to Tampa to continue the conversation in...
  • Featured Studies Icon Quality of Life 2015 Survey results are in! - The Quality of Life Survey began in 2002 to measure public perception of the quality of life in Hillsborough County. The Survey was designed by a statistical consultant and is now in its twelfth year. For consistency, the Survey has not been modified over time and uses eighteen factors chosen and ranked by a focus...
  • Featured Natural Plan Your Parks in Hillsborough County now! - Hillsborough County is updating the Parks & Recreation Master Plan and wants to learn about what you think makes for an outstanding park system. There are more than 180 neighborhood parks, 118 playgrounds, 270 athletic fields, 53 community centers, 5 dog parks, and 3 skate parks in unincorporated Hillsborough County. Which park facilities and programs...
  • featured_TampaInnovationAlliance Innovation Alliance area wins $3.8M TechHire grant - The Federal Government has awarded Tampa one of 39 TechHire Partnership Grants across the nation. The $3.8 million grant is a major boost to the innovation district in the University area allowing for programming and training specifically for technology jobs. The grant was a result of a partnership between CareerSource Tampa Bay, University Area Community...
  • featured_Parking_icon Parking Study for City of Tampa’s Downtown - The Tampa Downtown Partnership and the City of Tampa asked the Planning Commission to complete a review of best practices in parking management for ideas to stimulate program development in the City of Tampa. Essentially, this study provides an overview from other cities and their strategies to improve the ease and efficiency of parking. With...
  • featured_USGBC_logo Planning Commission and MPO join USGBC - The Hillsborough MPO and Planning Commission are now proud members of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The USGBC is committed to transforming the way our buildings are designed, constructed and operated through LEED – the top third-party verification system for sustainable structures around the world. Every day, the USGBC is helping advance spaces that...
  • featured_HC_OfficialSeal Resources for grant related activities - Hillsborough County has set up a web page for grant opportunities from federal agencies and other national or state and regional agencies. These grant announcements are published on a monthly basis, so check back on the first of the month to see what else is new. If you see an opportunity that you believe fits...
  • featured_FSU_seal Melissa Zornitta honored to be keynote at FSU DURP - Our Executive Director and President of the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association, Melissa Zornitta, AICP, was keynote speaker at Florida State University’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning (DURP) 2016 Convocation on April 29th. “It’s been 18 years since I was part of the DURP convocation,” she said. “I was honored to be...
  • featured_CRED_logo Planning Commissioner Joseph & Pedro Parra earn CRED - Congratulations to Planning Commissioner Nigel Joseph and Principal Planner Pedro Parra on receiving their Certificate in Community Real Estate Development from the Florida Institute of Government at the University of South Florida. This local, grassroots program helps strengthen community partnerships and reinvigorate communities by developing versed practitioners in: Developing connections to local resources Learning the...
  • Gil Penalso (left center) sharing ideas with Temple Terrace Councilman Grant Rimbey (left), Tampa Councilwoman and MPO Livable Roadways Chair Lisa Montelione, and Tampa Councilman and HART Chair Mike Suarez following his very inspiring presentation on April 20. Penalosa : Plan for people first - On April 20, our Livable Roadways Committee in partnership with USF’s Live Move Student Group, featured international guest speaker Gil Penalosa, Chair of 8-80 Cities, World Urban Parks, and former Commissioner of Parks for the City of Bogata. His focus is on creating vibrant cities and healthy communities for everyone with the design of parks...
  • featured-PHlogo Meet our new Plan Hillsborough staff - Over the past year, we’ve been growing! We’re excited to introduce you to the newest members of our Planning Commission staff! On our Comprehensive Planning Policy Review team: Melissa Lienhard, AICP, Principal Planner Jennifer Malone, Community Planner II Brandon Henry, Planning & Zoning Tech II On our Environmental, Research & Infrastructure team: Tatiana Gonzalez, Senior...
  • featured agenda icon Staff retreat and boat tour - On April 15, Plan Hillsborough staff gathered at the John F. Germany Public Library for a retreat focused on communication styles and new ideas to work together more effectively. “The results were great,” said Melissa Zornitta, Planning Commission Executive Director. “Staff is energized to move forward on the implementation steps on our strategic plan.” Following...
  • featured_BrownBagQuarterly Economic Development served up at April Info BBQ - Our Spring Info BBQ highlighted economic development in Hillsborough County’s smaller cities. The first guest speaker, Jake Austin – President and CEO of the Plant City Economic Development Corporation, highlighted the many development opportunities in the pipeline for Plant City. Working closely with their partners – the City of Plant City, the Greater Plant City...
  • featured_library_shelf Dozens ‘check out’ our new and improved Library - Dozens of friends, new and old, stopped by our April 11 Open House to check us out. Our new and improved Planning Commission Library takes advantage of a new location in our offices. Courtesy of the Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative, a brand new popular reading pocket library joined our collection of planning documents and...
  • featured_6thAir_Mobility Welcome new Planning Commissioner Tony Rodriguez! - At the April 11th Planning Commission meeting, James A. “Tony” Rodriguez, AICP, (left in picture) took his oath as Ex-Officio member representing MacDill Air Force Base in his role as Base Community Planner. He brings with him more than 25 years of public and private sector experience in policy, management, planning, and engineering. Mr. Rodriguez...
  • slider_library_01 Planning Commission Library - The Planning Commission Library, located at 601 E Kennedy Blvd, 18th floor, room 1848C, is open 9am – 4pm, Monday through Friday. About the Planning Commission Library The Planning Commission Library was established in 1959 as part of the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission. This is a research library for planners, historians, and elected officials....
  • Featured Planning Commission logo Hillsborough County Planning Commission Summer 2016 Internship - The Hillsborough County Planning Commission is offering an internship opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students studying urban & regional planning and related disciplines such as, but not limited to, public administration, geography, environmental studies, transportation engineering, and economics. Term: Summer 2016 (start/end dates are flexible, but may not exceed 3 months) Compensation: $12/hour (up to...
  • featured_ruler Measuring our performance - In 2015, the Planning Commission updated our adopted Strategic Plan. As a result of opportunities identified in this plan, staff is evaluating potential measures by reviewing existing performance metrics within the agency and in other county departments. The Planning Commission’s goal is to enhance the agency’s efficiency and effectiveness. At our March 14th meeting, Planning...
  • Imagine 2040 for Plant City Plant City Comprehensive Plan in effect - Plan amendment and other development applications for the City of Plant City submitted after the effective date will be reviewed under the Imagine 2040 plan. The updated comprehensive plan incorporates a more user-friendly format and emphasizes Plant City’s priorities. Imagine 2040 : Plant City Comprehensive Plan »
  • featured_library_shelf Library Open House April 11 2016 -
  • featured_US_Flag Presidential papers find home at Planning Commission - The Planning Commission Library is now home to a very large collection of Public Papers of the Presidents. These printed volumes are not only physically impressive, but also really fascinating. The following presidents are including in our collection: Herbert Hoover (1929-1933) Harry S. Truman (1945-1953) Dwight D. Eisenhower (1953-1961) John F. Kennedy (1961-1963) Lyndon B....
  • featured_FL_APA_logo APA Florida Sun Coast Section + USF MURP = MAPS - The Sun Coast Section of the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association and the USF MURP – Master’s of Urban and Regional Planning – program launched a new Mentor a Planning Student (MAPS) program. MAPS is an official program of APA Florida. The University of South Florida joins Florida State University as the second...
  • Featured Housing Pedro Parra remains on Affordable Housing Advisory Board - On February 3rd, the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) confirmed the reappointment of Pedro Parra, Principal Planner on our staff Strategic Planning Initiatives Team, for a three year term to serve as the Planning Commission’s representative on the Affordable Housing Advisory Board. This Board advises and makes recommendations to the BOCC and the Affordable Housing...
  • featured_Tampa_logo Tampa, Temple Terrace Comprehensive Plans in effect -
  • featured_HCPublic_Schools_logo Future Leaders in Planning - plan’ning noun. The activity or profession of determining the future physical arrangement or condition of a community. Planning, also called urban planning or city and regional planning, is a dynamic profession that works to improve the welfare of people and their communities by creating more convenient, equitable, healthful, efficient, and attractive places for present and...
  • flip Applications open for FLiP 2016 - Announcing our new Future Leaders in Planning (FLiP) Student Leadership Development Program beginning in Summer 2016! Hillsborough County Public Schools currently in good standing in grades 9, 10, or 11 who would like to learn more about the planning profession are eligible to apply. For more information and application, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/FLiP2016 FLiP 2016 will...
  • featured_BrownBagQuarterly Info BBQ speaker draws crowd focused on Vision Zero - The January 5th Planning Commission InfoBBQ (Brown Bag Quarterly) drew nearly 50 planners and citizens concerned with bicycle and pedestrian safety in our region. Dr. Heather Rothenberg, a nationally recognized expert in safety data systems and performance measures, spoke about Vision Zero, an approach to road safety that began in Sweden in 1997. At the...
  • featured_Guides_Principles 2015 – A year filled with changes and accomplishments - 2015 was full of achievements for the Planning Commission, Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and Hillsborough River Board. Imagine 2040 continued to receive awards and recognition, as the results were incorporated into the plan updates for Tampa, Temple Terrace, and Plant City. All three of their Comprehensive Plans were updated to the new horizon year of...
  • Featured Transportation Hot off the press and onto our web - Fact and Figures 2015 takes a look at Hillsborough County’s population, covering: Families & Housing Health The Cities Education Income & Employment Construction Economic Summary : National, State, and Local Trends – An overview of economic conditions for the United States, the State of Florida, the Tampa Metropolitan Statistical Area and Hillsborough County (where available)....
  • featured-PHlogo New Year. New Look! - Plan Hillsborough represents us, an agency of dedicated and innovative planning staff serving:   Our new look was created in-house, inspired by the excitement of a thriving future for our region. It is modern, bold, and clean, better representing the brighter future we are planning together… with you!   Check out the presentation below for...
  • featured-planninganddesignawards A Celebration of Great Planning & Design - The Planning Commission is proud to announce the winners of our 33rd Annual Planning & Design Awards presented by Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas. The event was held on October 29th at T Pepin’s Hospitality Centre.  As the American Planning Association celebrated Community Planning Month and Great Places in America in October, we are proud...
  • featured_6thAir_Mobility Meet our new Planning Commissioner - Rebecca Rogers appointed by MacDill AFB At the Planning Commission’s September meeting, Rebecca Rogers was sworn in as MacDill Air Force Base‘s ex-officio representative on the Planning Commission. Commissioner Rogers serves as the Base Planner & Asset Management Analyst with IAP Worldwide Services. She holds a Masters of Urban & Environmental Planning from the University...
  • featured_American_PubHealthAssoc Planning for a Healthy Community - Plan4Health merges opportunities at the intersection of planning and health Plan4Health connects communities across the country, funding work at the intersection of planning and public health. Anchored by members of the American Planning Association (APA) and the American Public Health Association (APHA), Plan4Health supports creative coalitions work with communities to increase access to healthy food...
  • Vinik Village Rendering Vinik’s Tampa Waterfront will be the 1st WELL Certified™ district in world! - Health and wellness is a focus for planners, and it’s important to employers in attracting and retaining highly qualified employees. Now, it officially will be part of the branding and lifestyle in Jeff Vinik‘s $2 billion investment in Tampa’s Waterfront. In fact, Vinik’s vision will be designated the first WELL Certified™ district in the world....
  • featured_FL_APA_logo Imagine 2040 wins for Best Practices - APA Florida Award of Merit received at state conference Imagine 2040 was honored to receive the American Planning Association’s Florida Chapter 2015 Project Award of Merit in the Best Practices category. The award was presented at the opening session of APA Florida’s annual conference, themed Betting on Florida’s Future, held in Hollywood, Florida earlier this...
  • featured_tampa_ymca YMCA rolls out a Veggie Van - A mobile market place delivering where most needed. The Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA has launched a mobile market place, called the Veggie Van, to meet the needs of individuals and families living in underserved areas of Hillsborough County. Through a colorful, refrigerated truck, the Y is now distributing fresh, nutritious food such as fruits and...
  • featured_SWFMD_logo 2015 Regional Water Supply Plan - Public comment period extended though August 17 The draft 2015 Regional Water Supply Plan (RWSP) is available for public review and comment.The Southwest Florida Water Management District’s (SWFWMD) RWSP assesses the projected water demands and potential sources of water to meet demands over a 20-year period. The Plan is updated every five years, in accordance with Florida...
  • featured_TampaHeights_historic Info BBQ served up well done! - Hidden History of Planning & Growth draws big crowd On July 22, the Planning Commission kicked off our Info BBQ (Brown Bag Quarterly) in our boardroom. About 40 people brought their bag lunches and came hungry for good information on More than Cigars: the Hidden History of Planning & Growth in Tampa and Hillsborough County....
  • featured-imagine-2040 imagine 2040 | Comprehensive Plans - people. places. natural spaces. Updates to the Comprehensive Plans for Tampa, Temple Terrace, Plant City, and unincorporated Hillsborough County are currently being processed. Findings from extensive public engagement in Imagine 2040 Part 1 and Part 2 have been used to help develop these updates. Restructured to be more user-friendly, the new plans feature: Standardized format...
  • litter clean up volunteer Hillsborough River & Coastal Cleanup - Save the Date – September 19, 2015 Join Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful as we host local sites along Tampa Bay, the Hillsborough River, Alafia River, Little Manatee River, Lake Thonotosassa and other waterways throughout Hillsborough County. Last year, well over 60,500 pounds of litter and debris was removed from more than 75 locations throughout Hillsborough...
  • Featured Agency Wide logos Congratulations Chairman Thrower! - APA National Planning Officials Committee Appointment As of May 1, Planning Commission Chair Mitch Thrower has been appointed by the American Planning Association (APA) Board of Directors to serve on the APA Planning Officials Committee. Commissioner Thrower will represent Region III, encompassing Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico,...
  • Plant City Economic Development Plant City – Right. Now. - Ready for economic growth and development Plant City and its leaders are dedicated to its growth and development. “Plant City’s proximity to major roadways as well as Port Tampa Bay is ideal for corporations in industries such as manufacturing, distribution, and logistics,” said Mayor Rick Lott, City of Plant City. “Many agencies are working together...
  • featured_HC_OfficialSeal Hillsborough County At Your Service - 24/7 expanded customer service Talk about user-friendly! Hillsborough County has expanded its customer service capabilities with At Your Service. The mobile-friendly website adjusts to all devices and allows residents to submit a service request and track the progress online 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week.
  • featured-imagine-2040 Imagine 2040 receives top honors at the Future of the Region Awards! - On March 27, the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council (TBRPC) held its 23rd Annual Future of the Region Awards program, recognizing outstanding achievements and contributions benefiting the regional community. Imagine Hillsborough 2040 was pleased to receive two top honors – First Place in the Public Education category and the One Bay Award. Imagine 2040, a partnership between the Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and the Planning Commission,...
  • Seal of the City of Tampa Tampa Comprehensive Plan Update - Learn more about the 2040 Plan & leave your comments! An update to the Tampa Comprehensive Plan is currently being processed. Findings from extensive public engagement in Imagine 2040 Part 1 and Part 2 were very much in line with Tampa’s current plan and have been used to help develop the update for Tampa. Restructured...
  • featured_AnnMadden A life framed by love for community - Former Planning Commissioner Anne Madden leaves a caring legacy It is with heavy heart that we share the passing of Anne Madden on May 28, 2015. “Anne proudly served as a Planning Commissioner from 2001 to 2005,” said Melissa Zornitta, Executive Director of the Planning Commission. “She cared so much about her community – Ruskin...
  • featured_TampaHeights_historic What lies within our archives? - Tampa celebrates Archives Awareness Week July 12 – 18 Recognizing the need to document and preserve the development and unique heritage of Tampa and its government, the City of Tampa Archives was founded in 1987. Archives Awareness Week was established in 1992 by the City of Tampa Archives Advisory Committee. During this week, local archives...
  • featured_HC_OfficialSeal Community Transportation Plan - Findings and recommendations released Over the past four months, GO Hillsborough has been listening, and our community’s highest priority is transportation. With population growth projected to add about a half a million new residents over the next 25 years, combined with significant shortfalls in transportation funding, Hillsborough County is facing a potential transportation crisis. It is clear our community...
  • featured_FloridaHealth_logo MPO planning recognized for improving community health - Did you know the cost of medical care for chronic disease from obesity is estimated at $34 billion over the next 17 years in Florida? County and municipal governments play an important role in decreasing the prevalence of unhealthy weight in their jurisdictions. A variety of policies implemented by local governments have shown an increase...
  • featured_FHWA_logo Resiliency Plan hits the airwaves - County Commissioner Les Miller, Chair of the Hillsborough MPO and the Environmental Protection Commission (EPC), recently discussed the importance of preparing our roads and transit for extreme weather events on the award winning television series, Innovations with Ed Begley, Jr. The program will air on the Discovery Channel in May 2015 and on FOX Business in June/July...
  • featured-imagine-2040 Imagine 2040 receives Innovation Award - The 14th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference held in Baltimore, Maryland last week featured practical tools and innovative strategies for creating great communities. At this event, the Open Planning Tools Group (OPTG) announced the winners of the 2nd Annual Innovation Awards.  Imagine 2040 received the Exemplary Implementation Award, recognizing a planning process or project that utilized...
  • featured_Welcome_logo A note from Melissa Zornitta - Commitment to our mission and our community As this is the first Beyond Today since I have begun serving as the Planning Commission Executive Director,  I wanted to take a moment to share a little bit about myself and my philosophy about planning for Hillsborough County. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to lead...
  • featured_standing_workstation Thinking on our feet… - Standing up for better health and sharper focus Recently, My Fox Tampa Bay stopped by the Planning Commission to take a look at our Varidesks, allowing many of us to stand up for better health and more focus at our jobs. Sitting is Killing You, according to a September 2014 article in TIME. But the...
  • featured_construction_workers Hillsborough County launches online monthly building reports - Hillsborough County Development Services recently launched a new web feature that provides customers better access to tracking residential and commercial building permit activity. The online report is published monthly as part of an effort to drive economic development initiatives as well as ensure transparency and accountability. In Hillsborough County, a building permit is required when any...
  • Imagine 2040 workshop GO Hillsborough wants your voice - Creating a community transportation plan Since mid-February, the GO Hillsborough team has been hosting a series of 36 open house style workshops in or near your neighborhood to: understand your transportation needs and realities explore options that make sense in your daily life help you weigh in on some hard choices as we move forward...
  • featured_RAC_portrait A legacy for our community… - Parting words from Ray Chiaramonte : As I leave the Planning Commission and MPO for the next chapter in my life, it is time to reflect on the important things that happened over my 35 year career here. I have had almost every job imaginable along this journey from the bottom to the top. Starting...
  • featured_Award Statue Congrats to Planning & Design award winners! - On October 30, the Planning Commission held it’s 32nd Annual Planning & Design Awards presented by Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas at the A La Carte Pavilion. Hosted by ABC Action News Anchor, Brendan McLaughlin, this awards program is a well-respected tradition honoring the very best in planning and design in Hillsborough County. A panel of judges...
  • featured-planning-design-awards 32nd Annual Planning & Design Awards presented by Tampa Electric & Peoples Gas - This awards program is a well‐respected tradition honoring the very best in planning and design in Hillsborough County. Winning projects contribute to a better quality of life and serve as models to learn from and emulate in planning and design.     Become a sponsor of this event! 2014 Sponsor Info Sheet 2014 Call for...
  • featured-imagine-2040-p2 Imagine 2040 : Part 2…You told us more! - More than 2,400 citizens spoke up in July and August for the future of transportation. Over an 8-week period, culminating with an interactive display at Florida’s Largest Home Show over Labor Day weekend. Opinions were sought on transportation needs from a wide spectrum of groups at 65 events as well as from the comfort of...
  • featured_Greenlight_Pinellas MPO supports Greenlight Pinellas - At their September 30th meeting, the Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization Board (MPO) voted to support Greenlight Pinellas. In a letter to PSTA CEO Brad Miller, County Commission and MPO Chair Mark Sharpe congratulates PSTA on improvements made to service and transit ridership gains over the past several years. Looking forward to ongoing collaboration with both...
  • featured_FL_APA_logo APA Florida honors Ray Chiaramonte’s lifetime achievements - At the 2014 Annual Conference of the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) held in Jacksonville in September, our Executive Director Ray Chiaramonte received the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award. This award recognizes the exemplary four decades Ray has championed the importance of planning and provided powerful leadership to propel planning go soaring heights...
  • gas pump nozzle money Pasco BOCC increases gas tax - Pasco commissioners on [September 9th] approved increasing the county’s gas tax to 12 cents a gallon – highest in the Tampa Bay area. The 5-cent-per-gallon hike puts Pasco’s gasoline tax at the most allowed under state law and 5 cents higher than in both Hillsborough and Pinellas counties and 3 cents higher than in Hernando....
  • featured_FAIR_Event_logo Family Abilities Information Rally coming Saturday, October 4th, 2014 - On Saturday, October 4th from 10am to 3pm Yes! of America United will host the 7th annual Family Abilities Information Rally at All People’s Life Center at 6105 E Sligh Avenue in Tampa. The YES! F.A.I.R. is free of charge to all and offers outreach to the community at large, helping people with disabilities learn...
  • featured-imagine-2040-p2 Imagine 2040 launch a success! - In case you missed our Imagine 2040 : Part 2 Media Day Launch event on Thursday, July 20 at Tampa Bay Grand Prix, check out this HTV News Brief: Imagine 2040 : Part 2 launch event HTV news brief Chuck Henson breaks down the Imagine 2040 survey into five easy steps in a conversation with...
  • featured_MetroRapid_logo Planning Commissioners take cross-county tour - On July 25th, Planning Commissioners met at County Center to begin a cross-county trip highlighting many new and existing initiatives taking place throughout the county today. For the first leg of the tour, staff and commissioners took HART’s new MetroRapid route from the Jackson Street station to the University Area Transit Center. HART’s Public Information...
  • featured_TED_logo Comprehensive Mobility Proposal - The Transportation for Economic Development (TED) Policy Leadership Group’s (PLG) first met formally in May 2013. Many organization have been working collaboratively with the TED PLG, including the County, the Cities of Tampa, Temple Terrace, and Plant City, HART, the Hillsborough MPO, FDOT, the Expressway Authority and the Planning Commission, to evaluate and study: The...
  • featured-imagine-2040-p2 Imagine 2040 launch event - Imagine 2040 : Part 2   In case you missed it, here is a little bit of what happened at our Imagine 2040 launch event held on July 10th at Tampa Bay Grand Prix. Thank you to our BPAC for providing a bike valet for this event! Take the Imagine 2040 : Part 2 survey...
  • featured-imagine-2040 Imagine 2040 Town Hall - A Spring Home Show hit! On March 14th, at the Spring Florida’s Largest Home Show at the Florida State Fairgrounds, Turner Expositions made history by hosting their first-ever Town Hall meeting – our Imagine 2040 panel discussion. In addition to our interactive planning display at the center of the Home Show, we invited people to...
  • featured-imagine-2040-p2 We heard what you want… Now, tell us how to get there! - Turning challenges into opportunities for a thriving future  We have a great place to live, work, and play. There are lots of reasons why about half a million more people will live and work here by 2040. We’re a county filled great educational opportunities and neighborhood choices, from rural to urban living, and everything in...
  • featured_hurricane Special needs prep for hurricane season - In Hillsborough County, Special Needs (Medical) Shelters provide temporary emergency facilities capable of providing care to residents whose medical conditions exceed the capabilities of a Red Cross Shelter, but not severe enough to require hospitalization. To make sure there are enough facilities to accommodate residents who need evacuation assistance to a special needs shelter, it...
  • Seal of the City of Tampa City of Tampa Council Redistricting - Approved unanimously by the Planning Commission! The Planning Commission is required by State and Local law to redistrict the four, single-member districts every four year preceding the next City Council election. Redistricting is a process that addresses population change. The goal is to ensure the districts are “as equal as possible” in terms of population....
  • featured_ConstantContactAward 2013 All Star Award for us! - Thanks to you, we’ve made Constant Contact All Stars for two consecutive years! Thanks to all of our eNews subscribers, we have received the 2013 All Star Award from Constant Contact, Inc. The standards for becoming an All Star this year were tougher than ever. Only the top 10% of Constant Contact’s half a million...
  • 1464 Inform – Involve – Invest – Impact - Planning Commission adopts new Mission, Vision, & Strategic Plan The Planning Commissioners unanimously adopted the 2014 Planning Commission Strategic Plan at their April 14th meeting. “This new strategic plan is a departure from our agency’s past and changes the culture of our organization. It really reflects the user-friendliness we strive for in our agency,” said...
  • Featured Environmental Happy 25th Anniversary ELAPP! - The Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department of Hillsborough County celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program, also known as ELAPP, on April 11th. A host of dignitaries attended the celebration, including former Governor Bob Martinez and former Hillsborough County Jan K. Platt, after whom the County’s ELAPP program has now...
  • Featured Planning Commission logo Request for Proposals : Executive Search Services - This Request for a Proposal (RFP) has been awarded to The Mercer Group.  No further requests are warranted and the selection process has concluded. For further information contact Grace Sanders at sandersg@plancom.org or (813) 273-3774 ext. 334.
  • featured_EncoreProject You’re invited to join us! - On a special walking tour of ENCORE! Bring your own brown bag lunch, and join the Planning Commission and the Sun Coast Section of the Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association for a walking tour of ENCORE! Get your groove on! Urban renewal in harmony with a vibrant past… Ray recorded here. Ella wrote...
  • featured_Home_Show There’s no place like our home! - Partnering with Florida’s Largest Home Show to tell our story! The Planning Commission and Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) are proud to announce a public – private partnership with Florida’s Largest Home Show produced by Turner Expositions. Beginning in 2014, at each of the Turner Home Shows, there will be a super-sized interactive display featuring what...
  • featured_TDP_logo Trees & trains - A video look at Downtown in 10 years Tampa Downtown Partnership hosted its Annual Meeting and Luncheon on June 13 at the Tampa Convention Center with the theme, “Downtown: Fast Forward,” a look at downtown ten years into the future.  A video by the same title was featured, focusing on the voice of youth, as...
  • featured_Welcome_logo City of Tampa appoints ‘millennial’ - Welcome, Commissioner Benson! Appointed by the City of Tampa, Stephen Benson, AICP, CNU-A, was sworn in as the newest member of the Planning Commission at our October 14 meeting. Only 25 years old, Benson is the first member of the millennial generation to serve on the Planning Commission. Benson, a fourth generation Tampa native, spent most of his life...
  • featured_commr_bcury Thank you, Commissioner Cury! - For your legacy of leadership and fairness An era has ended at the Planning Commission as longtime member Bruce P. Cury completed his last term as a Planning Commissioner in September. First appointed by the Board of County Commissioners to a four year term from October 1999 to September 2003, Commissioner Cury served as Member-At-Large...
  • featured-imagine-2040 Thank you for your participation! - Imagine 2040’s big numbers & big ideas! It’s Thanksgiving time, and we are so thankful for each and every one of you who participated in Imagine 2040, making this the most successful public involvement response we’ve ever had! Man using kiosk to weigh in on Imagine2040     In coming weeks, we’ll be posting more...
  • featured-imagine-2040-p2 Imagine 2040 : Part 2 - Imagine 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan The Long Range Transportation Plan directs federal and state dollars towards projects we value. It looks out at least 20 years and must be updated every five years. The MPO adopted the Imagine 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan on November 12, 2014. But the 2040 Plan is a dynamic...
  • featured_Award Statue Last Year’s Winners – A Celebration of Great Planning & Design! - The Planning Commission is proud to announce the winners of our 31st Annual Planning & Design Awards presented by Tampa Electric. The event was held on October 17 at Maestro’s at the Straz Center for the Performing Arts. As the American Planning Association celebrates Community Planning Month and  Great Places in America, we are proud...
  • City of Tampa Redistricting City of Tampa City Council Redistricting - On this page you will find information concerning the Planning Commission’s redistricting effort for the four, single-member City Council Districts. The Tampa City Charter, Article VIII, Section 8.03, states the incorporated city shall be redivided by recommendation and with the approval of the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission, into seven council districts, three of those districts...
  • featured_We_Need_You Updating our Comprehensive Plans – User Survey - The Comprehensive Plans for all the local governments in Hillsborough County are intended to guide public policy in terms of transportation, utilities, land use, recreation, housing, and other topics. These plans are currently in the process of being updated. As part of the update, the organization and content of the Comprehensive Plans for Unincorporated Hillsborough...
  • featured_hurricane Are You Ready for Hurricane Season? - Hurricane season starts on June 1st. Following last season’s Hurricane Sandy and the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma, we’re reminded how important it is to prepare for potential natural disasters. Though our region has been spared in recent years, hurricanes do strike Florida more than any other state. Hurricanes develop in the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of...
  • featured_Cooperation Leaders Work Together to Tackle Key Issues - “I’m all in,” said Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn at the May 22 Workshop on Economic Development, Infrastructure, and Transportation. This Leadership Policy Group, including the Mayors from Tampa, Temple Terrace, Plant City and the HART Chair, was invited by the the Board of County Commissioners to work together toward common economic and transportation solutions for...
  • featured_PlannComm_Retreat Planning Commissioners share their vision - On April 26, the Planning Commissioners gathered at the Saint Leo University Tampa Education Center in Channelside.  A very full agenda included a quick group photo and a review of the Hillsborough County, Tampa, Temple Terrace and Plant City Comprehensive Plans. Other highlights of the retreat included insights from our planning partners. Eric Johnson, Director...
  • Featured MPO logo MPO updates ITS Master Plan - Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) are a key component in the management of traffic. From the coordination of traffic signals to video cameras and informational message signs on the interstates, ITS is used throughout Hillsborough County. An update to the Master Plan adopted in 2005 has been circulated through the MPO’s committees for review and comment....
  • CURRENT  CCClogo - 3 in CCC endorses Top 10 transportation initiatives for our region - In a historic meeting on March 15, the council of MPOs, known as the MPO Chairs Coordinating Committee, representing the eight counties in West Central Florida agreed on the next big things in transportation. The action came after the list of ten strategic initiatives was independently endorsed by each of the region’s MPOs.   The...
  • East Hillsborough Ave Concept Join us to discuss East Hillsborough Avenue - East Hillsborough Avenue, from Interstate 275 to east of 50th Street, was identified through the MPO’s Congestion Management/Crash Mitigation Process as an important multimodal corridor with persistent safety and mobility issues. In addition to serving as an essential roadway connecting two interstates, Dale Mabry Highway, and northern Pinellas County, Hillsborough Avenue will be part of...
  • Westshore TIA transit stop Better transit to Westshore, Tampa International Airport and beyond - The Westshore business district and Tampa International Airport (TIA) could be a focus for rapid transit connections, if planned projects come to pass. These plans include FDOT’s study for a rapid transit connection from Pinellas as part of a new span for the Howard Frankland Bridge, TBARTA’s study of BRT or express buses in the...
  • TIP logo Bus, Bike & Ped projects move ahead - New projects continue to receive funding. The MPO has recently added several projects to the Transportation Improvement Program benefiting from competitive grant applications or as a result of lower than expected bids on other projects statewide. In February, the MPO acknowledged the more than $8 million HART was awarded from two Federal Transit Administration grant...
  • Imagine 2040 workshop Imagine 2040 Working Group grapples with future alternatives - After speaking loud and clear “our community needs clear vision” at the first Imagine 2040 workshop, the working group dug into the future alternatives that will ultimately build a clear vision for our region. The second interactive workshop kicked off one simple question… Transportation, jobs and the economy, and quality of life priorities dominated the...
  • Westshore TIA transit stop Location, location, location… - The New Real Estate Mantra – Location Near Public Transportation investigates how well residential properties located in proximity to fixed-guideway transit have maintained their value as compared to residential properties without transit access between 2006 and 2011 in five regions: Boston, Chicago, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Phoenix, and San Francisco. The selection of these places for the...
  • featured_Recreation_Presciption4health Try filling this prescription at your local pharmacy! - According to the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), park and recreation agencies across the country are working with their local health departments and doctors to prescribe parks and recreation as a way to fight obesity and improve overall health. It seems the more we move and the more fresh air we breathe, the healthier...
  • featured_invitation Speaking of awards… What happened to this year’s Annual Community Design Awards Program? - After going strong for 30 years, we felt it’s time to take the big plunge! We are pleased to announce we’ve decided to tie the knot… our annual awards program will be run as one of the many festivities during the American Planning Association‘s (APA) National Community Planning Month and celebration of Great Places in...
  • featured_FHWA_logo MPO awarded Resiliency Grant - The Federal HighwayAdministration (FHWA) selected the Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), in collaboration with the Planning Commission, Hillsborough County, the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council, and the University of South Florida, to be a pilot project to assess our transportation system’s resiliency to extreme weather.  The project’s purpose is to develop strategies to offset...
  • featured_ConstantContactAward International All-Star Recognition - Thanks to you, we have been chosen as a Constant Contact All Star!– So, what is Constant Contact? It’s the way we send out our ePublications, as well as most of our meeting and event notices. Each year, Constant Contact bestows the All Star Award to a select group of businesses and nonprofits who successfully leverage...
  • featured_TBRPC_Award Regional Award of Honor - On March 25, 2013, the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council hosted the 21st Annual Future of the Region Awards to highlight projects and programs exemplifying regionalism and to recognize outstanding achievements and contributions benefiting the regional community. The Planning Commission, Wade Trim, and Strategic Planning Group, Inc., were pleased to receive an Honorable Mention in...
  • APA Award of Excellence National Planning Award of Excellence - On April 14, 2013, at the County Planning Division’s Annual Business Meeting, conducted at the American Planning Association (APA) National Conference in Chicago, the County Planning Division in conjunction with the National Association of County Planners presented their 2013 Project Awards. We are very proud to announce receipt of an Award of Excellence in the...
  • featured_Audience_Imagine2040 Imagine 2040 Working Group says: Our community needs clear Vision! - Several rounds of questions were posed to the Imagine 2040 Working Group at its first visioning workshop held on February 12. Eager participants used hand-held electronic voting devices  to express themselves. The group spoke loudly when asked: “Does this community have a clear vision for the future?” 56% voted “No” with only 16% voting “Yes.”...
  • featured_symbol_GreenSpace Join us for an Open Space Open Forum! - Thursday, March 28 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Planning Commission Boardroom County Center, 18th floor at 601 E Kennedy Boulevard Downtown Tampa Light refreshments will be served. We want to have an open conversation about the open space and recreational use policy in the County’s Comprehensive Plan. The Future Land Use Element Policy 14.5 requires new...
  • featured_BerkeleyPrep_Imagine2040 Berkeley Prep’s Future City Club has 2040 vision! - Coming off their big win as the first place team in the Tampa Bay Region Future City competition, students in Berkeley Preparatory School‘s Future City Club just returned from Washington, D.C., where this young team made a winning impression with the judges at the national finals. Their hard work and first place regional finish already...
  • featured  TonyLacollaAward_sm FSU honors Tony LaColla as Outstanding Returning Peace Corp Volunteer - In November, as part of the 20th anniversary of the Peace Corps Masters International Program in Urban Planning, our own Tony LaColla was selected as the inaugural honoree of the Florida State University (FSU) Outstanding Returning Peace Corp Volunteer Award. Given to an FSU alum who exemplifies the goals of Peace Corps and mission of...
  • Arverne-by-the-Sea Queens development hangs tough in hurricane - The new urban Arverne-by-the-Sea, one of the largest current residential developments in New York City, surprised many residents by its resilience to Hurricane Sandy. Arverne, located on the Rockaway Peninsula in Queens at a subway stop, is mostly complete and will eventually be home to 2,300 households. The last major section, a two-block-long mixed-use main...
  • Sandy Murman at park dedication Shimberg Gardens Dedicated -   Shimberg Gardens was dedicated at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on October 10th in Town ‘N Country. Named after the Shimberg family, brothers James H. Shimberg Sr. and Mandell “Hinks” Shimberg, the developers of Town ‘N Country beginning in 1959, these gardens are part of the Town ‘N Country Community Plan developed from 2000 to 2003....
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