Tampa Comprehensive Plan Update
Learn more about the 2040 Plan & leave your comments!

An update to the Tampa Comprehensive Plan is currently being processed. Findings from extensive public engagement in Imagine 2040 Part 1 and Part 2 were very much in line with Tampa's current plan and have been used to help develop the update for Tampa. Restructured to be more user-friendly, the new plan features include:


  • Standardized format for all jurisdictions
  • Easier to read font and landscape orientation
  • New future land use matrix
  • Streamlined and consolidated content
  • Regulatory policies moved to Land Development Code


In other words, we've cut out some fat and slimmed down!

Current Plan
Updated Plan
9 chapters
5 sections
544 pages
389 pages


The updated plan emphasizes the City of Tampa's priorities and focuses on:


  • VISION - Countywide & City of Tampa specific
  • PEOPLE - Demographics, population & job projections
  • PLACES - Land use, neighborhoods, schools, housing & connecting them
  • NATURAL SPACES - Recreation, open spaces, coastal & environmental management
  • GOVERNANCE & IMPLEMENTATION - Intergovernmental coordination, Capital Improvement Plan, administration & implementation


The draft plan is available for review and comment online.  You are warmly invited to attend upcoming presentations, open house discussions, and public hearings to learn more and comment at:


June 24
6 - 7:30p
Plan Open House discussion in the Planning Commission Boardroom, County Center, 18th floor
July 14
6 - 7:30p
Plan Open House discussion in the
Reagan Park Community Center, 1200 E Lake Ave
July 21
6 - 7:30p
Plan Open House discussion in the Planning Commission Boardroom, County Center, 18th floor
August 7
8 - 9:30a
Café con Tampa Plan Open House discussion at Hugo's Restaurant on the corner of South Howard Avenue and Morrison Avenue
August 10
Planning Commission Meeting
County Center, 18th floor Boardroom (also on HTV)
August 20
Tampa City Council Special Call Meeting (after CRA)
Tampa City Hall (also on CTTV)


Public Hearings will be scheduled in early fall. To schedule a presentation for your group or organization, please contact Tony Garcia at 813.273.3774 x332.


A life framed by love for community
Former Planning Commissioner Anne Madden leaves a caring legacy

It is with heavy heart that we share the passing of Anne Madden on May 28, 2015. "Anne proudly served as a Planning Commissioner from 2001 to 2005," said Melissa Zornitta, Executive Director of the Planning Commission. "She cared so much about her community - Ruskin and all of Hillsborough County. Making this community better was always her focus. She brought enthusiasm, dedication, and an incredible work ethic to her time on the Planning Commission."   


Following her service to our country in the military, Anne continued to serve as an advocate of the SouthShore community and all of Hillsborough County as a member of numerous civic and county organizations. She was the owner of Frame Crafters and the Blue Ibis Art Gallery in Ruskin for 16 years.


As a Planning Commissioner, Anne also served as our representative on the Metropolitan Planning Organization for Transportation. An active participant in each planning initiative for the SouthShore area, she was involved in local community plans and most recently a transit circulator study. Eager to share her passion for planning with her local community, she beamed when interactive planning displays were represented at local events like the Family Salsa Festival, Seafood Festival, and Ruskin Tomato Festival. She also served on the HART Board, the Citizens Advisory Committee of the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners, the SouthShore Arts Council, and on the Board of Directors of the SouthShore Roundtable and the South Bay Hospital.


We will greatly miss her smiling eyes, sense of humor, warm heart, and passion for art, children, the disadvantaged, and planning for a brighter future. We are quite certain this community is a more beautiful place, because of the legacy Anne Madden has left for future generations.


What lies within our archives?
Tampa celebrates Archives Awareness Week July 12 - 18

Recognizing the need to document and preserve the development and unique heritage of Tampa and its government, the City of Tampa Archives was founded in 1987. Archives Awareness Week was established in 1992 by the City of Tampa Archives Advisory Committee. During this week, local archives come together to present their collections through exhibits and programs that convey the value of archives in the identification, preservation and conservation of historic records. Archives and Records is a division of the City Clerk's Office organized and curated by City of Tampa Archives and Records Manager, Jennifer Dietz.

TWO opportunities to experience 'More than Cigars:
The Hidden History of Planning & Growth in Tampa'

4 yr old Tampa newsboy As part of the Archive Awareness Week program, our own Project Manager, Terry Eagan, will present an informative program on the growth of Tampa and Hillsborough County in the 19th and 20th Centuries. This historical journey will includes an overview of West Tampa vs. Ybor City as documented by the Dillingham Immigration Commission. You'll take a look at child labor as part of Tampa's economic engine in the early 20th century;  the original redlining of Tampa's neighborhoods; lost opportunities for planned development with the Simons Plans, including an early draft of the  Riverwalk and Olmsted's plans for Tampa; missed opportunities at city-county consolidation and the decades long struggle for Home Rule in Hillsborough County. 


Please join us in the Planning Commission Library on the 18th floor of the County Center, as we explore the hidden history of planning and growth in Tampa and Hillsborough County on either of these days:  

Monday, July 13 at 2p

Wednesday, July 22 at 11:30a
Brown bag lunches welcome.


Community Transportation Plan
Findings and recommendations released


Over the past four months, GO Hillsborough has been listening, and our community's highest priority is transportation. With population growth projected to add about a half a million new residents over the next 25 years, combined with significant shortfalls in transportation funding, Hillsborough County is facing a potential transportation crisis. It is clear our community must start planning and paying for transportation improvements now before things get any worse.  


At the June 11th meeting of the Transportation for Economic Development (TED) Policy Leadership Group (PLG), the findings and recommendations to address this were presented in the Community Transportation Plan. The plan recommends placing a ˝ percent sales tax on the November 2016 election ballot. At the same time, new growth will be required to pay an increased and equitable share for its transportation impacts.


The sales tax is expected to generate $3.5 billion over 30 years. Approximately 2/3 of the revenue would be dedicated to road work including new roads, back-logged maintenance, smart traffic signals, and bicycle and pedestrian improvements. About 1/4 of the revenue will go to HART for improving and expanding our bus system. Tampa, Temple Terrace, Plant City and Hillsborough County would have the option to dedicate a greater portion of their share to transit projects if they so choose.


At least a dozen public meetings will be scheduled in late summer/ early fall to gather more public input on specific projects that should be included in the proposed referendum. To read more about the GO Hillsborough initiative, visit the Tampa Bay Times dedicated page or GOHillsborough.org.  


MPO planning recognized for improving community health
Honored as a Healthy Weight Community Champion


Did you know the cost of medical care for chronic disease from obesity is estimated at $34 billion over the next 17 years in Florida? County and municipal governments play an important role in decreasing the prevalence of unhealthy weight in their jurisdictions. A variety of policies implemented by local governments have shown an increase in physical activity and improved nutrition.

In 2015, the Florida Department of Health is recognizing 65 communities as Healthy Weight Community Champions. Read more about how the Hillsborough MPO's planning contributes to a healthier community.
Call for Entries for our...
33rd Annual Planning & Design Awards presented by

The Planning Commission is proud to announce our 33rd annual celebration of great planning in Hillsborough County. With the emphasis on the importance of great planning in our own region, our awards program is now held in October to align with the many national festivities during the American Planning Association's (APA) National Community Planning Month and celebration of Great Places in America!
Call for Entries

See a project built in the last five years that is improving the quality of life in Hillsborough County? 


Enter your favorite projects in our 33rd Annual Planning & Design Awards presented by Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas! Submissions are due by August 27th. Check out the Call for Entries for details on criteria and how to submit your entry. Everything you need to know is right here!
Tampa Electric & Peoples Gas present the Planning Commission 33rd Annual Planning & Design Awards
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