A look at government action around the Gulf Coast
Urban service area in the works
PASCO COUNTY —County staff is set to begin work on a plan to implement the adopted strategic plan for 2009-2012. The plan will outline specific tasks to achieve results for six challenges.
One area to be addressed is growth management, which includes the development of market areas and urban service areas for future growth. The staff is working on proposed market area maps and is drafting an urban service area plan. The service area approach is to be evaluated as required by the strategic plan and Senate Bill 360 requirements. The plan development methodology and the schedule will be presented to the county commission in future workshops.
Work on the business plan will continue over the next few months and include input from developers, landowners and other interested citizens. County commissioners will meet in workshop sessions to allow public comment on the market areas and urban service areas. The next board workshop on growth management issues is scheduled for Oct. 13.
Comment on transportation plan
COLLIER COUNTY — The Collier Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) has announced a public comment period from Aug. 11 to Sept. 20 to amend the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) for Fiscal Years 20010-2014. The MPO Board will be asked to approve the TIP amendment with consideration of all the comments received during the public comment period.
A public hearing will be held on the TIP amendment in conjunction with the MPO's regular meeting, which is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 11, at county commission chambers on the third floor of the Harmon Turner Building (Administration Building F), Collier County Government Center, 3301 E. Tamiami Trail, Naples. The TIP amendment will be posted on the MPO's web site at www.colliermpo.net.
For more information call MPO Director Phillip Tindall at (239) 252-8192.
First home buy for Neighborhood Stabilization Program
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY — The county has closed on its first foreclosed home purchased with federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds. The county has been allocated $19.1 million to spend on buying single-family and multifamily properties that are foreclosed and re-selling them to improve neighborhoods and increase affordable housing.
The program was created as part of the federal Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008. The county has until September 2010 to use the $19.1 million. It will pay for repairs on the homes, as well as improvements to selected properties to make them accessible to persons with disabilities.
The county will work with seven housing partners to help advertise the availability of the properties and identify eligible low-income owners and renters. As homes are purchased, they will be divided among the partners on a rotating basis.
As properties are sold and money invested in the properties is returned, the county will cycle the money back to buy more properties. The county will be expanding the program to Clair Mel/Progress Village/Palm River, Orient Park, the University of South Florida area, Town 'N Country, Plant City and Gibsonton.
To learn more about the program, go to www.hillsboroughcounty.org.
The Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA) board meets at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 28, at the Florida Department of Transportation District Seven Office, 11201 N. McKinley Drive, Tampa. For more information call (813) 220-0526.
The Bradenton Downtown Development Authority meets at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 25, in the City Centre Council Chambers, 101 Old Main St., Bradenton.
The Central Community Redevelopment Agency meets at 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, in the same location.
The Manatee Port Authority meets from at 9 a.m to noon Thursday, Aug. 27, at the Port Manatee Intermodal Center, 300 Tampa Bay Way, Palmetto.
Charlotte Harbor Community Redevelopment Agency Advisory Committee (CH-CRAAC) meets at 10 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, at 18500 Murdock Circle, Administration Center, Room #119, in Port Charlotte. For more information call Kathy Knee at (941) 627-3023.
The Innovation Zones Committee (formerly the Economic Development Zones Committee) meets at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, in the County Manager's Conference Room, Second Floor, Building F (W. Harmon Turner Building), 3301 E. Tamiami Trail, Naples. For more information, call (239) 252-5858.
Land sought for sports complex
PASCO COUNTY — Pasco County has entered into a consulting services agreement with Sportsplex USA to develop a new multipurpose sports complex. The $270,000 agreement will be funded by the county's tourist tax and establishes a private-public partnership to design and construct a facility that officials hope will become a sports tourist destination.
The agreement will be staged in four phases. Phase 1 is for market analysis and site configuration. The proposed site for the multipurpose sports complex has not been designated by the county or Sportsplex USA. To determine the best location, the county commission is requesting landowners submit a proposal to donate land of at least 20 to 40 acres no later than Sept. 1.
Proposals may be sent to County Administrator John J. Gallagher at the West Pasco County Government Center, 7530 Little Rd., Ste. 340, New Port Richey, FL 34654.