At Plan Hillsborough, our goal with everything we do is to make our community a better place to live, work, and play. Whether it is reviewing a site plan zoning for a specific piece of property or a large scale regional project, all have the same goal of trying to advance the community’s vision as outlined in the Comprehensive Plans and the Long Range Transportation Plan. These guide how we will grow, what transportation choices we will have and how we will protect our community assets.
There are big projects like our record-breaking outreach on It’s TIME Tampa Bay. Coordinating with Pinellas and Pasco MPOs, we worked together to develop three very different transportation investment scenarios to see how they would influence our community’s growth. We received unprecedented input from the community with nearly 10,000 people across the three counties weighing in. It was exciting to tackle this project in a new way with this regional approach and to get such valuable feedback from the community. This shapes not only the Long Range Transportation Plan, which will be updated in 2019, but also the policy initiatives studied for the Comprehensive Plans.
Smaller projects also have a big impact on the evolution of our community. Studies of specific roadway corridors like North Alexander Street in Plant City and proactive plan amendments in the City of Tampa have been opportunities to look at trends and make sure our land use plans are reflective of changes in our community. Examples, such as the Fowler Avenue Study, are important to make sure the vision for how roadways will transform and redevelop guides the type of transportation and infrastructure improvements that will be made. And projects like Garden Steps look at how, even at the more micro neighborhood level, we can influence the land use and transportation system to support people having access to healthy food.
View the 2018 Annual Report for more information on what Plan Hillsborough was up to in 2018.
View the 2018 Measures of Effectiveness Report for a more in-depth look at how Plan Hillsborough achieved its goals in 2018.
The accomplishments of the Plan Hillsborough staff in 2017 are many! Vision Zero required numerous partnerships to create and begin to implement an action plan. Redistricting for the City of Tampa likewise necessitated building trust as we identified important needs within our community. We thought out of the box and have used technology to our advantage by creating an eCeptionist to replace our retiring receptionist and a Community Health Atlas to provide planners and citizens with a baseline profile of community health. We provided a transparent process and open communication in projects like the Brandon East-West Corridor Study and the Plant City Road Extension Studies. We also undertook an outside review by students at the University of South Florida to look for opportunities to do things more efficiently and to make better use of our resources. We added on-site office hours at each of the three cities to better meet the needs of the jurisdiction and clients who seek our services. In additon, we led by example in creating a Commuter Challenge and by giving back to the community through participating in Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build and a community clean-up at Harvest Hope Park.
Over the last year, we collaborated with the School District and many other partners to host our first Future Leaders in Planning program to educate high school students on the planning profession. We collaborated with Tampa, Temple Terrace and Plant City on completing the updates to the Comprehensive Plans. The City of Tampa’s Plan was recognized by the American Planning Association with their Silver Level Sustaining Places Award for Comprehensive Plans. We have collaborated with the Department of Health on furthering a health in all policies strategy and have been awarded two grants to further those efforts. We collaborated with Hillsborough County, HART and FDOT on a pilot project to study the transportation and land use issues along major east-west corridors in the Brandon area. And these are just a few highlights of the projects and accomplishments this year.