Project Overview and Scope
The Mobility Section updates what is currently adopted as the Transportation Element of the Unincorporated Hillsborough County Comprehensive Plan. This Section provides a renewed focus on safety, equity, multimodal choices, resiliency, technology, and context-sensitive road design. Transportation maps within the Comprehensive Plan are also being updated as part of this process.
By establishing goals and providing policy direction, the Mobility Section will help ensure that the transportation system:
- Supports the needs of all users to access necessities, opportunities, and each other
- Encompasses Vision Zero and prioritizes safety for all roadway users
- Is maintained in good repair with improved resiliency to climate change
- Utilizes technology to build a smart system
- Protects historical, cultural, and natural assets when considering roadway changes
The update is a collaboration between the Planning Commission and staff from the County’s Community & Infrastructure Planning Department, the Public Works Department, and the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority (HART).
The public is invited to provide feedback and comments on the Mobility Section draft goals, objectives, and policies. The public is invited to participate in a meeting, scheduled for September 23, and will have an opportunity to comment and ask questions in a virtual format. The public is also encouraged to submit questions and comments in advance through this submission form.
Updated as of September 20, 2021
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Public stakeholder comment ends October 15, 2021.
Development of draft language
Collaborative development with Hillsborough County’s Community & Infrastructure Department, Public Works, and HART
Began Spring 2020
Public and stakeholder review and comment
August – October 15, 2021
Recommendation and Transmittal
Expected late January 2022
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A: A Comprehensive Plan establishes a community’s policies and priorities regarding future development while aiming to preserve the area’s environmental features and community character. The purpose of a Comprehensive Plan is to outline a long-term community vision for the future. A Comprehensive Plan acts as the guide by which a community’s development and preservation decisions are made, covering a wide range of topics, such as: land use, mobility, and public services, all intended to improve the quality of life for the community. By state law, every city and county in Florida must adopt a comprehensive plan.
By law, in Hillsborough County the City-County Planning Commission is responsible for developing the Comprehensive Plans for the County and its three cities. The Planning Commission maintains and updates the County’s Comprehensive Plan, recommending any amendments to the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), who has the final say about whether to adopt them.
The Comprehensive Plan sets out a vision covering the next 20+ years. We are updating it to a time horizon of the year 2045.
A: Because the Plan was last updated in 2008 and we are close to reaching its time horizon of 2025. Our needs have changed due to significant population and job growth, changing demographics, new infrastructure coming online, and emerging technology.
By 2045, which is our new time horizon, Hillsborough County is forecast to reach a population of 1.9 million, or an increase of 28 percent over 2021. Jobs are also expected to grow by 40 percent to over 1.2 million. The Comprehensive Plan determines where and what type of growth (i.e., future land use) will occur. Decisions to expand or improve infrastructure such as water, sewer, and transportation are based on this. Zoning decisions and subdivision plans approved by the BOCC must be consistent with the Plan.
A: The Mobility Section updates what is currently adopted as the Transportation Element. It includes goals, objectives, and policies that guide transportation infrastructure and services such as roads, streets, intersections, bikeways, sidewalks, and public transit. Transportation maps within the Comprehensive Plan are also being updated as part of the process. Together, they define and will guide the development of Hillsborough County’s multimodal transportation system.
The Mobility Section provides a renewed focus on safety, equity, multimodal choices, resiliency, technology, and context-sensitive road design.
A: The Planning Commission and Hillsborough County Public Works, Community & Infrastructure Planning, Sunshine Line, as well as Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) all helped develop the Mobility Section. They all will play a role in implementing it. In addition, the County’s Affordable Housing Services, Port Tampa Bay, Tampa International Airport (Hillsborough County Aviation Authority), Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority (TBARTA), and the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) at USF contributed to the Mobility Section.
Hillsborough County Comprehensive Plan (forthcoming elements or sections):
- Future Land Use (Update)
- Capital Improvements (Update)
- Linking Land Use, Housing, and Transportation (New)
- Complete Streets Guidelines
- Transportation Technical and Design Manuals
- Corridor Preservation Plan
- Land Development Code
A: Vision Zero is an international movement aimed at ending roadway deaths. At its core is the belief that death and injury on our streets are preventable.
A: It is a way of gauging how well roads, transit, bikeways, or pedestrian facilities perform in terms of moving people and vehicles safely and efficiently. Each mode has different performance measures related to travel time reliability, convenience, or comfort level.
A: Transit ridership is closely related to the combined density of population and jobs within easy walking distance of a transit stop. The chart is a planning tool to furnish the appropriate amount of transit (measured by frequency of service) to an area, given its density of population plus jobs per acre. While the chart is included in the draft Mobility Section language for easy reference, it will ultimately reside in the Capital Improvements Element (CIE).
A: Travel time reliability measures the extent of unexpected delay. Good reliability means you can plan on getting from one point to another within a consistent, predictable amount of time.
A: Context means the area that a transportation corridor goes through. Context-sensitive roads respect the natural environment, land uses, and development patterns adjacent to the public right-of-way. The Mobility Section defines a Context Classification system for rural, suburban, or urban settings. It refers to the environment adjacent to a roadway and includes a map to classify the road network by context. Context Classification lays the groundwork for roadway design criteria that promote safety, economic development, and quality of life.
Project Plans & Studies
Past Presentations & Events
Katrina Corcoran, AICP, Senior Planner
Rich Clarendon, AICP, TPO Assistant Executive Director