February 2020 – One of the Planning Commission’s focus areas is studying planning issues at the community or neighborhood level. Three new studies are now underway in Unincorporated Hillsborough County that takes a closer look at the land use, infrastructure, and other trends happening in these areas.
A community profile is being created for the Gibsonton Community. This will be patterned after previous work completed in Ruskin and will provide an analysis of the market and economic development trends affecting demand for new development and redevelopment in the Community Plan area. The profile will examine current data for patterns and trends in the overall community, with attention given to site-specific sub-areas such as downtowns or commercial corridors.
The study of the Wimauma area, an update of the Wimauma Community Plan and study of the Wimauma Village Residential-2 category, and the study of the Residential Planned-2 category have also started. These projects respond to recent moratoriums on new rezonings in those areas enacted by the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC). The BOCC requested the Planning Commission initiate these studies and bring back recommendations later this year.
Both studies follow parallel paths. The first phase of these projects will be to understand recent development trends and community demographics. This will be followed by broader community outreach through open houses and the charette process to develop recommendations on updates to the community plan and/or land use categories as applicable. These studies will evaluate the land use categories and plans, assess infrastructure needs, increase transportation choices, preserve environmental features, and create implemental design options. To follow this process and be involved, sign up for emails on our website.