Let's Design Hillsborough's Future!
Imagine 2040 | Let's Design Hillsborough's Future Together!
Turning challenges into opportunities for a thriving future
We have a great place to live, work, and play.
FishHawk Town Center There are lots of reasons why about half a million more people will live and work here by 2040. We're a county filled great educational opportunities and neighborhood choices, from rural to urban living, and everything in between... There's something for everyone.

Old Hyde Park Village Our fantastic weather lets us enjoy our natural resources and the world's most beautiful beaches year-round. And our variety of restaurants, shopping, arts, entertainment, and parks are wrapped around a rich cultural history.
We're expecting up to 600,000 new residents and 400,000 new jobs.
looking towards a bright future That poses a number of challenges for us. Where will the new homes go and what will they look like? How will people get to work and other places they need to go? How will we pay for it all?

If we continue to build suburban-style neighborhoods, there's only room for about 67,000 more homes in our current growth boundary. That will only accommodate about one-third of our expected growth.

traffic Even today, Tampa Bay is the sixth most congested metro area in the U.S. Buses reach only about one-half of our jobs in Hillsborough, with limited service hours.
This is your vision, and we need your BIG ideas!

How will Hillsborough County look and feel when our children grow up? The vision you help create at  Imagine2040 will guide that plans that are the road map to our future - the Plan 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan and the Comprehensive Plans for Tampa, Temple Terrace, Plant City and Hillsborough County.


Plan Hillsborough 2040 schedule
It's your turn to weigh in on our future!
What will make you, your children, and grandchildren love Hillsborough Count for generations to come?

We need you! Think about how your life right now has been shaped by plans put in place many years ago. The exciting thing is, this time it's your turn!


Go to Imagine2040 to share what is important to you. The ideal vision will most likely be a combination of many strategies, so please consider how different growth strategies presented affect your priorities. Rate and tell us what you like and dislike about the Suburban Dream, Bustling Metro, and New Corporate Centers as growth strategies to create the best possible future for Hillsborough County.
The choices you make and comments we receive on these growth strategies will  help be used to create a 'hybrid' vision that more accurately illustrates how you'd like to see Hillsborough County grow.
You're invited to our Launch Party!

The Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization 

for Transportation & Planning Commission 

warmly invite you to our


Imagine 2040 Media Day & Launch Party

Friday, August 16, 10a - 2p

in the

County Center Lobby

601 East Kennedy Boulevard

Press Conference at 11a

hosted by AM Tampa Bay's Jack Harris

Be the first to try Imagine2040 visioning on kiosks and iPads!


Draw your ideas for the future at our drawing table

Try some creative game play provided by  the Urban Conga

Working Together... with You!
A special thank you to our Imagine2040 partners!
The Planning Commission and Metropolitan Planning Organization for Transportation are privileged to work together with the citizens, businesses, and other community stakeholders to prepare the Imagine2040 Vision for Hillsborough County. We also wish to thank the jurisdictions who are our partners in planning:
Hillsborough County
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City of Temple Terrace logo
City of Plant City logo
A special thank you to HTV and our video stars who volunteered their time, because they are devoted to the future of our community:
  • Meredyth Censullo - ABC Action News Traffic
  • Jack Harris - 970 WFLA AM Tampa Bay
  • Steve Jerve - WFLA Storm Team 8 Chief Meteorologist
  • Brendan McLaughlin - ABC Action News Anchor  

 Tampa Bay Times logo

Finally, thank you to our promotional partner:  

Last Call for Entries!
Planning & Design Award submissions due August 20
Planning Commission 2013 Planning & Design Awards


It's not too late to get your favorite project entered for our Planning & Design Awards! Check out the Call for Entries for details on how to submit your entry. Everything you need to know is right here!  

Issue 10 | August 2013
Special Imagine2040 edition!
In this issue

Imagine Hillsborough 2040

Schedule a Presentation!

If you'd like a presentation made to your office, group, or organization about Imagine 2040 and planning for the future of Hillsborough County, please email us or call us at 813/272-5940.

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Talk about #imagine2040 with...
  • Family & friends!
  • Neighbors & co-workers!
  • Facebook & twiiter!

Imagine 2040 Kiosk

Kiosks on Tour!

Kiosks will be popping up all over Hillsborough County from August 16 - October 20. Visit Imagine2040 for a complete listing of locations and dates.
  • Home shows & Boat shows
  • USF, UT & HCC
  • MacDill AFB
  • Westfield Brandon & Citrus Park Malls
  • Community Centers & Libraries
  • Sun City to Plant City to Keystone & Downtown
  • Here, there & everywhere!

You'll be able to go online, or visit a kiosk to weigh in on Hillsborough's future at a location near you!  

Imagine2040 in the Newspaper...
PIck up our 12-page insert on these days in the Hillsborough editions of these papers:

Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Bay Times
Tampa Tribune

Your opinion counts!
We've got more than Imagine 2040 going on! Weigh in on these surveys too:
How can we make our Comprehensive Plan documents more user-friendly? Click to take the Comp Plan Survey.

Live, work, or play in the SouthShore area? We're updating the SouthShore Areawide Systems Plan. Take the SouthShore Survey.
In accordance with Title VI ofthe Civil Rights Act of 1964 and other nondiscrimination laws, public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability or family status.  Read more about the our commitment to non-discrimination and other requirements.