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Thursday, Apr 17, 2014
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Meeting to highlight potential ties between south county community plans


RUSKIN — For months, neighbors and business people in eight southern Hillsborough County communities, including Riverview, Ruskin and Wimauma, toiled over visions for their areas.

Regional planners came in behind them in 2003 to orchestrate a plan that would link the communities — through bus lines, bike paths, road improvements and community centers.

Now, a decade later, the planners are updating that regional plan and seeking ideas from those who live and work in the areas.

A meeting scheduled for Tuesday night at the SouthShore Regional Library will give those neighbors and business people a chance to speak about any changes they think should be made to what is called the SouthShore Areawide Systems Plan.

In some instances, because of development that has come to the south Hillsborough County region during the past decade, changes to the vision might be in order, said Hillsborough County Planning Commission Principal Planner Pedro Para.

In other instances, the concept of sidewalks, interconnected roadways and pedestrian paths linking the eight individual areas still will make sense.

Principal Planner Allison Yea said the meeting is part of an ongoing update to the Comprehensive Plan for unincorporated Hillsborough County.

The plan is a blueprint for growth, filled with guidelines and rules about what can be built in various parts of the county.

The meeting is from 6 to 8 p.m. The library is at 15816 Beth Shields Way in Ruskin.

In addition to discussing the regional plan, citizens also will hear a presentation from the Metropolitan Planning Organization, which is updating its plan to address road and traffic issues.

Team Leader Rich Clarendon will lay out a list of roadway and other projects that have funding either through the county or a developer.

County and state transportation officials will be on hand to answer questions about those projects.

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