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Hillsborough River Board Technical Advisory Council seeks new member

Hillsborough County Commissioners Seek Applications for HILLSBOROUGH RIVER TECHNICAL ADVISORY COUNCIL  – Applications are due by close of business on December 28, 2023. Hillsborough County Commissioners is seeking a resident to serve on the HILLSBOROUGH…

Planning Commission holds elections & welcomes new members

On Monday, October 13, 2023, the Planning Commission held elections. Commissioners reelected Chair Nigel Joseph and Member-at-Large Karen Kress. Jess Louk was elected as our new Vice Chair. Other Board and Committee appointments for 2023/24…

TAC’s hosting Ian Lockwood & you’re invited!

Hillsborough County is in for a treat on December 4, 2023! Join us in the Plan Hillsborough Room on the 18th floor of County Center from 1:30 to 3:30 PM as we welcome Ian Lockwood,…

The Rewind: November TPO Board Meeting recap

November marked a brand-new beginning as Dr. Johnny Wong stepped into his role as Executive Director at the TPO Board Meeting. The Board also officially welcomed Scott Drainville since accepting the permanent position of HART…

Celebrating Beth Alden’s legacy in transportation

After 22 years with Plan Hillsborough, Beth Alden has retired from her role as the Hillsborough TPO’s Executive Director. Her legacy included serving as the TPO’s Assistant Executive Director and, serving the last 8 years,…

Honoring road traffic victims: Vision Zero Hillsborough

In Florida, eight lives are lost and 49 are left severely injured on Florida’s roads every day. This harsh reality underscores the urgency of our commitment to advocating for road safety. On Friday, November 17,…

Thank you, Dr. Rich Brown! 

After 13 years of volunteer service to the Hillsborough River Board Technical Advisory Council (TAC), many as the Chair, Dr. Richard Brown is moving on.  Dr. Brown is one of the original citizens who saw…

The Rewind: October TPO Board Meeting recap

The TPO Board Meeting in October marked a momentous occasion, filled with exciting changes and significant achievements. Following the public comment, the Board approved the new committee appointments. The Board then delved into crucial agenda…

The results are in for the MPO merger survey

The results are in! You spoke, and we listened. A heartfelt thank you to everyone who participated in the survey about the potential merger of the Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) in Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas…

Community air monitoring network

We’ve got some exciting news to share about an initiative that’s all about making our air cleaner and healthier. The Hillsborough Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) has been awarded grant funding from the Environmental Protection Agency…

Is a living shoreline better than a traditional seawall?

Coastal areas around the world are under constant threat from erosion, rising sea levels, and extreme weather events. To combat this, property owners and municipalities must consider protective measures such as seawalls and living shorelines….

By 2050, Tampa to attract 100K new residents

Every five years staff conducts a collaborative exercise which results in new long-range forecasts. The final draft and all supporting documentation are found here: 2050 Long Range Growth Forecasts.  In the next several months, we…

Meet our 2023 Planning & Design Awards jury

A big thank you to our judges! Their experience, insight, and thoughtful consideration made for truly interesting deliberations, as they selected amazing projects contributing significantly to the quality of life in our community. Our sincere…

The Rewind: September TPO Board Meeting recap

In addition to the selection of Dr. Johnny Wong as the TPO’s next Executive Director at the September meeting, the TPO Board passed TIP Amendments. TIP Roll Forward Amendments include: A notable highlight is the…

Celebrating active transportation in Tampa

Fancy Women Bike Ride 2023 Tampa’s Fancy Women Bike Ride 2023 was another huge success! On September 17 the event started at the amazing Perry Harvey Sr. Park at 10 AM and fancifully rode through…

Continuous water conservation is key

The National Integrated Drought Information System lists parts of Hillsborough County experiencing drought conditions this season. Like all rivers, the Hillsborough River depends on regular flows of freshwater to maintain its habitats and ecosystems. With a…

By 2050, Plant City’s population and jobs to double

Every five years staff conducts an exercise collaborative which results in new long-range forecasts. The forecasts and all supporting documentation are found here: 2050 Long Range Growth Forecasts.  In the next several months, we are…

Safe Streets Ahead: Coming to Waters & Sligh Avenues

The Hillsborough TPO is kick-starting a study aimed at boosting safety and adding a splash of vibrancy to Waters Avenue (1.5 miles between Armenia and Florida Avenues) and Sligh Avenue (2 miles between Armenia and Nebraska Avenues). These…

The Rewind: August TPO Board Meeting recap 

At its August 9 meeting, the TPO Board selected three finalists for the TPO Executive Director position: Stephen Benson, Vinod Sandanasamy, and Johnny Wong. At the TPO’s September 13 meeting, the full Board will interview each…

2023 FLiP Jr program ends with a splash!

This summer, we continued our partnership with the Tampa Heights Junior Civic Association (THJCA), bringing our Future Leaders in Planning (FLiP) Jr program to their summer camps located at the THJCA and at Town and…

Assessing equity needs for the 2050 LRTP

There is big news on the horizon. The 2050 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) is taking a fresh approach with its latest addition – a fusion of data and public input for the 2050 Equity…

River master planning is an ongoing effort

When the Florida Legislature created the Hillsborough River Interlocal Planning Board and Technical Advisory Council (River Board) in 1986, the legislature first tasked the River Board with creating a River Master Plan. This was an…

By 2050, Hillsborough residents slightly older

According to BEBR’s latest forecast by age cohort, Florida is expecting 2.5 million new residents aged 65 and over through 2050. Around 500,000 of these new residents are expected to choose Tampa Bay as their…

Planning for long term water resources

Adequate quantities of safe and healthy fresh water are critical to the health of the Hillsborough River.  A growing population in the Tampa Bay area also requires water from the environment to meet its everyday…

Tampa Bay MPO merger: Your opinion, please.

We want to hear from you! The Hillsborough TPO, Forward Pinellas, and Pasco MPO are considering the costs and benefits of merging into a regional Tampa Bay Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO). Public input is an…

Join the team!

We’re looking for a Public Relations Strategist and a Planner I/II (depending on qualifications) to join the Plan Hillsborough team. Learn more and apply on the Hillsborough County website. Public Relations Strategist Learn more and…

2023 students FLiP over potential planning careers!

Our Future Leaders in Planning (FLiP) summer student leadership development program introduced high school students from throughout Hillsborough County to urban planning as a potential career in an intensive program May 30 – June 2. A big…

Help us develop the 2050 Freight Plan!

We want to hear from you! If you live, work, or play in unincorporated Hillsborough County, please take (and share) our 2050 Goods Movement & Truck Route Plan Survey by July 31, 2023 to be…

Community works together to implement safe routes to school

Since 2016, students from Roosevelt Elementary have been walking and biking to school with Sidewalk Stompers. By 2023, more than 340 students participated in the Sidewalk Stompers safety program. In 2018, the TPO conducted a…

Lift stations and protecting river water quality

Protecting the Hillsborough River’s water quality is a key concern for the Hillsborough River Interlocal Planning Board. In January 2023, an estimated 630,000 gallons of raw sewage overflowed into the Hillsborough River over one week….

The Rewind: May TPO Board Recap

The TPO Board voted unanimously to approve the TIP Amendment for N Tampa St & N Florida Ave Urban Corridor. These improvements will include stormwater management, new and upgraded crosswalks, wider sidewalks and shared-use paths,…

Celebrating Earth Day every day

In April Plan Hillsborough teamed up with the Environmental Protection Commission (EPCHC) for Port Tampa Bay’s 3rd Annual Great Port Clean Up and crushed it! On May 4, we were breathing easy at EPCHC’s Clean…

TBRPC FLiP Jr Award

On May 5, Plan Hillsborough was honored to receive a Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council Future of the Region Award in the Community Service category for our FLiP Jr (Future Leaders in Planning Jr.) program…

Vision Zero at work in the community

The TPO provided supplies for the Crosswalks to Classroom project at Potter Elementary School on May 13. The community came together with Vision Zero, Sidewalk Stompers, and Walk Bike Tampa to bring creativity and visibility…

Eyes on 2050: Keep on truckin’

With the 2050 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) now in the works, the TPO is introducing two new projects to help guide how Hillsborough County lives, works, plays… and moves goods! Connections to Tomorrow caught…

Hillsborough River Board gets new leadership

It is with sadness that we saw two advocates for the Hillsborough River move on to other duties and opportunities.  Meredith Abel, with the Temple Terrace city council, diligently worked to advance issues around the…

Career & Consultant Opportunities

Current Job Openings: We do not have any open positions at the moment. Please continue to check back. Consultants: Hillsborough TPO’s recommended firms for its GPC Procurement. View the list. The following are the contracts…

Hillsborough TPO & the 2023 general planning consultants (GPC)

The Hillsborough County Transportation Planning Organization (TPO), in coordination with the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), District VII, is issuing its request seeking professional consultant services. The TPO requests Letters of Response from Consultants for…

Request for Qualifications : Approved Consultant Service Provider list

The Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission is seeking applicants for placement on the agency’s Approved Consultant Service Provider List through 9/30/2024. The Planning Commission uses the list to select consultants for forthcoming projects. 2022 –…

Our new website has launched!

Welcome to the launch of Plan Hillsborough’s new look and feel! There have been some renovations but the content you are used to finding is still here (or somewhere accessible). As our agency continues to…

Check out the TPO 2023 calendar!

We are pleased to share the TPO’s 2023 Calendar, a yearbook highlighting 2022 accomplishments in our community’s transportation system through the collaborative work of the TPO and its many partners. And of course, the calendar…

The Hillsborough River and contaminants of emerging concern

Emerging contaminants, or contaminants of emerging concern, can refer to many different kinds of chemicals, including medicines, personal care or household cleaning products, lawn care, and agricultural products, among others. These chemicals make it into…

#YourTPO shows wildlife some love

Wildlife need space to seek food, water, and find mates, and the larger the animal, the farther they roam to find needed resources for survival. As our population increases, interactions with wildlife also increase. Wildlife…

The health of the river a continued focus in 2023

The Hillsborough River Interlocal Planning Board’s Technical Advisory Council (TAC) held its first meeting of the new year on February 21. As required by their bylaws, their first business was to hold elections of officers….

Dry weather signals seasonal changes for Hillsborough River

Freshwater flows are the lifeblood of the lower Hillsborough River. This area is an estuary, where saltwater and freshwater meet. As such, it is an important nursery ground for numerous commercially and recreationally important fish,…

How do you see the future of Hillsborough County?

With its enduring natural beauty, unique charm, and diversity, Unincorporated Hillsborough County is attracting national attention and unprecedented growth, both regionally and locally, as we expect an additional 350,000 people and 107,000 jobs by 2045*….

Has Hillsborough County growth accelerated since 2020?

According to the Bureau of Economic and Business Research (BEBR), in 2022, Hillsborough County reached 1.5 million residents.  Meanwhile, the City of Tampa reached 400,000 residents.  The conventional wisdom is that these milestones were reached…

More New Residents Moved to Tampa in the Last Decade

The Bureau of Economics and Business Research (BEBR) recently released the highly anticipated 2020 population estimates by jurisdiction.  BEBR was founded in 1930 and, amongst many other things, produces the state’s official population estimates and…