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imagine 2040 | Comprehensive Plans
people. places. natural spaces.

Updates to the Comprehensive Plans for Tampa, Temple Terrace, Plant City, and unincorporated Hillsborough County are currently being processed. Findings from extensive public engagement in Imagine 2040 Part 1 and Part 2 have been used to help develop these updates. Restructured to be more user-friendly, the new plans feature:

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

In other words, we've cut out some fat and slimmed down! The updated plans emphasize local priorities and focuse on:

  • VISION - Countywide & jurisdiction specific
  • PEOPLE - Demographics, population & job projections
  • PLACES - Land use, neighborhoods, schools, housing & how we connect them
  • NATURAL SPACES - Recreation, open spaces, coastal & environmental management
  • GOVERNANCE & IMPLEMENTATION - Intergovernmental coordination, capital improvement plans, administration & implementation
City of Temple Terrace Comprehensive Plan Update

Imagine 2040 feedback included preserving urban and suburban housing choices, with an emphasis on bringing more mixed use urban style development to major corridors and activity centers.


Activity Centers are the intersections of major multi-modal corridors on the City's Vision Map. In the update, goals, objectives, and policies begin to incentivize redevelopment along multi-modal corridors and within major activity centers as well as promote safer streets and alternative forms of transportation. Proposals for these areas promote redevelopment of non-residential properties into mixed-use developments that include medium density residential, office, and commercial uses along major multi-modal corridors.


Bonus Intensity Zone (BIZ), a new overlay district, has been developed to incentive higher density development within a quarter mile of transit stops. By using New Urbanist design principals, developers could receive a 25% residential density or commercial intensity bonus over what is currently allowed under the existing land use category using the BIZ Overlay.


Complete Streets are focused on so new development encourages walking, bicycling, and public transportation use, and makes these transportation options safe and convenient. A key component supports the orientation of buildings toward pedestrian and transit infrastructure rather than toward automobile infrastructure. The ultimate goal is to create neighborhoods whose physical layout and land use mix promote transportation choices that are safe and welcoming for everyone.


Review the draft plan. The updated Temple Terrace Comprehensive Plan has been reduced from 700 pages to 300 pages. Entering the public hearing phase on its path to adoption expected in early 2016, the plan will go to a Planning Commission Public Hearing on August 24 and a Temple Terrace City Council Public Hearing on October 20. Comments and feedback can also be provided to Tony LaColla, AICP or reach him by phone at 813/273-3774 x350.  

City of Plant City Comprehensive Plan Update

The draft Plant City Comprehensive Plan addresses legislative mandates, corrects inconsistencies, prioritizes resources, and updates project statuses. The Plan supports the integrity and character of local neighborhoods and environmentally sensitive areas, and encourages future economic opportunities within Plant City.


Some highlights of proposed changes include allowed development patterns within Midtown to be consistent with the adopted Midtown Redevelopment Vision Plan. Flexibility has been added to the build-to-lines and parking withing the Mixed Use - Gateway. Medical and distribution facilities have been added to the list of eligible uses that may be considered within the I-4 Tech Corridor Overlay. Also, an appeal process for text and map boundary line interpretations of the plan have been included.


The draft update is currently available for review. Meetings and public hearings have been scheduled beginning at the Planning Commission Public Hearing on August 24 at 5:30 p.m. The updated plan will then be presented to the Plant City Planning Board on August 27. The Plant City City Commission transmittal public hearing is currently scheduled for October 12. Adoption of the plan is expected in early 2016. For more information, contact Mark Hudson, AICP, at 813/273-3774 x338 or Jay Collins, AICP, at 813/273-3774 x335.  

City of Tampa Comprehensive Plan Update

The City of Tampa Comprehensive Plan update was featured in the June issue of Beyond Today. 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:


8 - 9:30a
Café con Tampa Plan Open House discussion at Hugo's Restaurant on the corner of South Howard Avenue and Morrison Avenue
AUG 20
Tampa City Council Special Call Meeting (after CRA)
Tampa City Hall (also on CTTV)
Planning Commission Public Hearing
County Center, 18th floor Boardroom (also on HTV)
Tampa City Council Transmittal Public Hearing
Tampa City Hall (also on CTTV)


If you would like to schedule a presentation for your group or organization, please contact Tony Garcia, AICP at 813.273.3774 x332. 

Hillsborough County Comprehensive Plan Update

At a workshop on July 29, the Board of County Commissioners endorsed Guiding Principles for the future growth of Hillsborough County. Developed by Planning Commission and County Administration staffs, these principals will guide and focus priorities, providing a common framework for decision-making on planning for a thriving future.  


Setting consideration of the Capital Improvement Program, potential Urban Service Area expansion, redevelopment and infill, mobility fees, and the Imagine 2040 Comprehensive Plan upon a common foundation, the five Guiding Principles are:


  • Quality of Life
  • Fiscal Sustainability
  • Economic Prosperity
  • Responsible Growth
  • Consistency of Action


The Hillsborough County Guiding Principles for Future Growth will be presented at the August 10 meeting of the Planning Commission at 2:00 p.m. Please join us on the 18th floor of County Center at 601 E Kennedy Boulevard or tune in to HTV to watch live. Work will continue on the County Comprehensive Plan update through 2016. For more information, contact Stephen Griffin, AICP, at 813/273-3774 x353. 


Info BBQ served up well done!
Hidden History of Planning & Growth draws big crowd

On July 22, the Planning Commission kicked off our Info BBQ (Brown Bag Quarterly) in our boardroom. About 40 people brought their bag lunches and came hungry for good information on More than Cigars: the Hidden History of Planning & Growth in Tampa and Hillsborough County. Our Informatics Librarian Terry Eagan donned his white gloves to share archival treasures with the audience.

Fascinating cases of race and ethnic profiling as documented by the Dillingham Immigration Commission made for some interesting discussion. Historic maps showed a definite impact on the growth patterns of our community. In the early 20th Century, child labor was a big part of Tampa's economic engine as part of the cigar and other industries. A series of Simons Plans focused on parks and shaped many of our current neighborhoods.

For more information on this presentation, contact Terry Eagan at 813/273-3774 x349. Stay tuned for upcoming brown bag quarterlies topics and locations!

2015 Regional Water Supply Plan
Public comment period extended though August 17


The draft 2015 Regional Water Supply Plan (RWSP) is available for public review and comment. The Southwest Florida Water Management District's (SWFWMD) RWSP assesses the projected water demands and potential sources of water to meet demands over a 20-year period. The Plan is updated every five years, in accordance with Florida Statutes.


The 2015 RWSP consists of an executive summary and four geographically based volumes corresponding to the District's four designated water supply planning regions (Northern, Tampa Bay, Heartland and Southern). SWFWMD is accepting public comment on the draft RWSP through August 17, 2015. Comments and questions will be addressed and tracked in a 2015 Public Comments and District Responses document that will be posted. To leave a comment or for more details, please call George Schlutermann, P.G. at 1-800-423-1476 x4212 or email.


YMCA rolls out a Veggie Van
A mobile market place delivering where most needed

The Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA has launched a mobile market place, called the Veggie Van, to meet the needs of individuals and families living in underserved areas of Hillsborough County. Through a colorful, refrigerated truck, the Y is now distributing fresh, nutritious food such as fruits and vegetables for just $1 per bag into targeted communities labeled food deserts.

What is a Food Desert? Food deserts are located at least one mile from the nearest supermarket, supercenter, or large grocery store in urban areas and more than ten miles in rural areas. Many residents who live in food deserts do not have a vehicle and rely on walking or public transportation. It becomes easier and less time consuming to go to convenience stores and gas stations, which provide few, if any, healthy or nutritious food choices. At most of these stores, prices are inflated, food is processed and choices are limited. In metropolitan Tampa, there are 40 locations deemed food deserts. As the Y studied the 40 locations, it became clear that limited access to healthy foods plays a significant role in poor dietary decisions.

Currently, the Y's Veggie Van is distributing in the Hillsborough communities of Wimauma Village, Tampa Heights, Sulphur Springs, and Lacoochee in Pasco County. Each of these locations has a demonstrated need for nutritional wellness. Other communities may be added depending on need. Community food distributions takes place every two weeks on a rotating basis.

The Tampa Y is working with local farmers and growers (under the guidance of the municipal and state health departments) to provide seasonal fresh fruits and vegetables to residents at specific distribution locations. Participants for the program are pre-screened by local partners to include service clubs, schools and churches. Children and families receiving free or reduced-price lunches will automatically qualify and only need to sign up for the service. The mobile market place has a nutritionist on staff to work with families on improving food preparation and cooking habits to minimize the risk of obesity, chronic disease, and high blood pressure. Working with residents to make good nutrition decisions, while maintaining a commitment to cultural food norms and traditions, is a vital objective of the Veggie Van.

Why is a Mobile Market Place Important for Tampa Bay? Only 20% of residents in Hillsborough County meet the recommended five-a-day servings of fruit and vegetables. In underserved communities, the statistic drops to below 8.5%. People trying to feed their families with lower incomes face a double impact as food costs at stores in food deserts are usually significantly higher than food costs at stores in larger communities. Nutritious, perishable food, such as fruits and vegetables are especially high in cost. The Veggie Van will increase access to those living below poverty and the working poor. By increasing access in food deserts, more individuals will receive food benefits, and less will go hungry. In addition, individuals in need will receive timely access to nutritious food.

The Tampa YMCA was able to launch the Veggie Van thanks to generous funding from the Children's Board of Hillsborough County, The Joy McCann Foundation, and Bank of America. Additionally, the Florida Department of Agriculture has played a key advisory role in developing the mobile market place concept and moving it forward.For more information or to register for this program, please contact Elizabeth Roman, Mobile Food Market Director, at 813/229-9622 x1729. Follow @TampaYVeggieVan on twitter.

Hillsborough River & Coastal Cleanup
Join Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful on September 19

The Hillsborough River & Coastal Cleanup is not your typical litter removal event. Volunteers collect more than trash, they collect data to identify the number and type of littered items, the

overall tonnage removed from each site and the amount of recyclable materials diverted. This information is used to determine future needs and projects within the community while creating an awareness. As part of the International Coastal Cleanup, data is shared with Keep America Beautiful, the Ocean Conservancy, as well as local officials to help provide a local and global perspective.  


Last year, well over 60,500 pounds of litter and debris was removed from more than 75 locations throughout Hillsborough County. More than 4,000 volunteers participated in the cleanup along the Hillsborough River, Alafia River, and other waterways.


This year's cleanup will take place on Saturday, September 19 at various sites throughout Hillsborough County. Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. The cleanup will begin at 9:00 a.m. Volunteer registration opens on August 3rd. If you are interested in being a site captain, please email today.


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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!
Last Call for Entries - Submissions due August 27th!

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!
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