Corbett, of the commercial real estate group NAIOP, points out that many of the subdivisions in Brandon were built before the state Legislature passed its landmark growth management law in 1985, requiring that certain infrastructure upgrades be in place "concurrent" with the completion of a project.
But county commissioners have little appetite for new or higher taxes for transportation. In 2010, voters soundly rejected a 1-cent sales tax increase for roads, buses and a light rail system. Voters in Tampa supported the tax; voters in unincorporated Hillsborough County, including those in Brandon, did not.
One idea taking hold is focusing growth more compactly along established mass-transit corridors, whether rapid-transit bus or light rail lines. Mass transit moves people more efficiently, and a dedicated transit line with its concentration of potential customers would create reliable opportunities for developers, said Beth Alden, assistant director of the MPO.