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County considers stronger fertilizer ordinance

October 2021 – Fertilizer application is considered a significant contributor to the excessive nutrient loadings of our water ways, including the Hillsborough River and Tampa Bay. These excessive nutrients can cause algae blooms that can deplete oxygen and cloud the water causing problems for wildlife and seagrasses. In one of its worst cases it can…

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Plan Hillsborough adopts 2021 Nondiscrimination Plan

September 2021 – The update of Plan Hillsborough’s 2021 Nondiscrimination and Equity Plan is complete. The Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission’s (Planning Commission) review and the Transportation Planning Organization’s (TPO) approval mark a major milestone in the agency’s effort to ensure its planning activities are nondiscriminatory and compliant with Federal regulations such as Title VI…

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Plan Hillsborough welcomes new USF Fellows

September 2021 – Plan Hillsborough continues to support the University of South Florida’s (USF) Masters in Urban & Regional Planning (MURP) program through two fellowships each year. By familiarizing emerging planners with community priorities, these talented students contribute their knowledge and skills to our work. This year, we look forward to working with Lizzie Ehrreich,…

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New Coastal High Hazard Area in effect

September 2021 – The Coastal High Hazard Area (CHHA) latest update by the State of Florida became effective August 4, 2021. Representations of these areas will be updated in the comprehensive plans; however, the new state defined line is in effect. The Planning Commission has updated our Planning Information Map Application (PIMA) to reflect the new…

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Reclaimed wastewater recommended to be released into Hillsborough River

September 2021 – Jaturna Consultants and Applied Sciences, under contract with the City of Tampa, produced a new study on June 7, 2021 on alternatives to the current discharge of treated wastewater to the Bay. Staff from the City of Tampa presented the study to the River Board’s Technical Advisory Council (TAC) in August. The…

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Florida Planning Conference sessions to feature Plan Hillsborough speakers

August 2021 – The Florida Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) will hold its annual planning conference, #FPC21, in Miami from August 31-September 3. Virtual sessions will be available for those who can’t attend. Six Plan Hillsborough speakers will be featured on four different panel sessions exploring planning for equity, public engagement, and comprehensive…

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River Board calls for permanent protection of USF Forest Preserve

August 2021 – For years University of South Florida (USF) master planning documents maintained the designation of an approximately 641 acre “Forest Preserve” for a large tract of pristine wildlife fronting on the Hillsborough River and adjacent to the main campus. The USF Forest Preserve is not only important to the University for research and…

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Restoration of Lower Green Swamp Preserve benefits the Hillsborough River

July 2021 – At the River Board’s June meeting, Stephen Raymond, Hillsborough County, and Maya Burke, Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP), discussed the Lower Green Swamp Preserve Hydrologic Improvement and Freshwater Wetland Restoration Project. This project provides benefits to the Hillsborough River as this area is part of the headwaters of the river. Ms. Burke…

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Equity is on the way as Nondiscrimination Plan moves closer to completion

June 2021 – This year’s Nondiscrimination Plan update is almost complete. As of March 2021, staff finished a public engagement phase with Hillsborough County residents to identify the challenges they face accessing community elements, such as transportation options, quality housing, public engagement meetings, and to other important places in the County. The goal of this…

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Meet Plan Hillsborough’s newest team members!

May 2021 – Over the past year, Plan Hillsborough welcomed five talented new team members who work to support the Planning Commission, Hillsborough MPO, and the Hillsborough River Interlocal Planning Board.  Sofia Garantiva Sofia Garantiva, AICP, recently joined the Planning Commission as a Senior Planner. Her responsibilities include special area studies and project management. Sofia…

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Hillsborough County’s economy sees 29% growth since 2010

May 2021 – “Living and working in Tampa-Hillsborough isn’t quite like being on vacation every day, but it comes pretty close. Yes, there are theme parks and beaches and warm breezes in January. But there is also a vibrant mix of Fortune 500 companies, sassy tech start-ups, world-class health care facilities and serious educational options….

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Garden Steps celebrates Earth Day in East Tampa

May 2021 – In celebration of Earth Day 2021, community members enjoyed a special gathering on April 23 at the Healthy 22nd Street Demonstration Garden in East Tampa. The Coalition of Community Gardens hosted the event which featured several local vendors and planning partners. Tampa Mayor Jane Castor also stopped by to welcome guests. During…

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River Board hears Tampa’s proposal to re-use wastewater in the river

May 2021 – As reported in last month’s article, PURE, which stands for Purify Usable Resources for the Environment, is a proposed water infrastructure project which Tampa hopes will result in environmental and water resource benefits. If approved, the city will redirect up to 50 million gallons per day of highly treated reclaimed water that…

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