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.
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. The results from that outreach and planning effort 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 2040, transmitted to the state for review, and are anticipated to have final adoption in early 2016. The Hillsborough River Board was successful in getting their special act updated in the 2015 legislative session to reflect a number of changes in the membership of the Technical Advisory Committee. The MPO staff completed studies of the George Road Complete Street and Columbus Drive and began work studying express bus in express toll lanes and updating the City-County Greenways Master Plan. And these are just a few of the many successes you will find highlighted in this report.
Fiscal Year 2014 brought about many exciting changes for the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission, Metropolitan Planning Organization, and the Hillsborough River Interlocal Planning Board. With the implementation of our new mission and vision, 2014 continues a tradition of excellence, from the adoption of the 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan, to the ongoing update of the Comprehensive Plans for Unincorporated Hillsborough County and the cities of Tampa, Temple Terrace, and Plant City.
In this report you will find a summary of our planning achievements, allocation of staff resources, and a fiscal summary of Fiscal Year 2014 (October 1, 2013 – September 30, 2014).
Fiscal Year 2013 was an exciting year for the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission, Hillsborough River Interlocal Planning Board and Metropolitan Planning Organization.