New projects in “The Works!”

July 2022 – The TPO kicked off a new fiscal year July 1, with a list of planning projects for the next two years in its new Unified Planning Work Program. Updated biennially, the Work Program outlines major planning tasks for the agency from July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2024. This latest update supports…

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Tri-county rideshare service to be reinstated with state grant

July 2022 – The Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) will receive $1 million from the Florida Commission for Transportation Disadvantaged to launch a tri-county rideshare service for transportation disadvantaged individuals. The PSTA won the award with support from the Hillsborough TPO and Pasco County MPO. With the award, the PSTA will establish the once discontinued…

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Tampa Bay regional transportation surveys launching in August

July 2022 – The Hillsborough TPO is partnering with four other metropolitan planning organizations and the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) District 7 to launch surveys that will provide information to help build the Tampa Bay Regional Demand Model and the 2050 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). The survey effort involves an employer questionnaire that…

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Freshwater is a lifeline for the Lower Hillsborough River

July 2022 – By definition, a river is a freshwater body flowing into a large water body such as a saltwater sea, ocean, gulf or bay. If you cut off this freshwater flow, the saltwater connection moves in, dramatically changing the ecosystem. Maintaining this flow of freshwater ensures a balanced habitat and estuary environment that…

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Capital Improvements Section

Project Overview The Capital Improvements Section serves to update the Capital Improvements Element of the Unincorporated Hillsborough County Comprehensive Plan. The Capital Improvements Section provides a framework on utilizing the County’s Comprehensive Plan and other adopted plans as guides for development and implementation of capital projects.  The Section provides guidance on evaluating the need for…

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City of Tampa Future Land Use Assessment

Project Overview The purpose of this study is to provide an analysis of the Future Land Use (FLU) categories in the Tampa Comprehensive Plan (the Plan) and associated policy provisions that provide a bonus, incentive, or targeted outcomes above the FLU category in the Plan. The study shall examine the effectiveness of the associated policy…

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FLiP 2022 inspires future planners!

June 2022 – Our Future Leaders in Planning (FLiP) summer student leadership development program returned after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. Designed as an opportunity to introduce high school students to urban planning as a potential career, FLiP 2022, a four-day intensive program, welcomed high school students from throughout Hillsborough County on May…

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1 Minute Matters video series now available in Spanish

June 2022 – From missing middle housing to creating safe places to bike, walk and take public transportation, our educational video series released in 2021 looks at how we can accommodate the rapid growth coming to Hillsborough County in smart, sustainable ways. The series has now been reproduced in Spanish to make these important planning…

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Join a dynamic planning team!

June 2022 – We’re looking for a Senior Planner to join the Strategic Planning, Environmental, and Research Division (SPEAR) at the Planning Commission. Apply by June 30 on the Hillsborough County website. Learn more and apply

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Commercial Locational Criteria Study will hold an additional public meeting in July

June 2022 – Should the County allow commercial and other non-residential activities near neighborhoods? We want your thoughts on locating stores and other non-residential development near people’s homes in Unincorporated Hillsborough County. Join us for our fourth Virtual Community Meeting on Thursday, July 14 at 6 pm to weigh in. Register here. The purpose of this…

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TPO approves five-year Transportation Improvement Program

June 2022 – The Hillsborough Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) approved the 2022 update of its Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), a five-year plan that included $4.2 billion in funding for local transportation projects. Held on June 8, 2022, the three-hour-long public hearing included funding recommendations for projects such as the widening of US 92 at McIntosh…

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New study looks at how we can improve school transportation safety

June 2022 – The Hillsborough Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) partnered with the City of Tampa to work on a new School Transportation Safety Study. To get started, Hillsborough County Public Schools and the TPO invited all parents and guardians to participate in the 2022 Getting Students to School Survey. The group also sent a Principals Survey…

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