Wins Inaugural ONE BAY Award
On Friday, March 18, 2011, the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council
presented the 19th Annual Future of the Region Awards. This awards
luncheon highlights projects and programs that exemplify
regionalism, and recognizes outstanding achievement and contribution
which benefit the regional community.
ONE BAY: Livable Communities was
pleased to present the inaugural ONE BAY award to Pasco County's
"New Smart Pasco: Market Area Plan and Transit Oriented Development
The Market Area concept was
recommended by the Urban Land Institute Study as a way to bring
focus to Pasco County planning initiatives. This amendment
incorporates the One Bay Vision by creating five Market Areas that
promote conservation of natural and water resources while
emphasizing compact design, economic development opportunities and a
focus on multi-modal transportation.
Learn More About the
Pasco Plan and All the Award Winners
ONE BAY: Livable Communities Final Vision
past 2 ½ years, the ONE BAY: Livable Communities initiative has drawn upon
thousands of citizens to create a shared regional vision to plan where future
population and employment growth should occur based upon responsible land use,
mobility, economic, and environmental sustainability.
What started as a Lego® exercise in Reality Check turned into a continuing
opportunity to seek input from residents on what our region could, if not should
look like in the future. When considering the long-term impacts of continuing to
grow as we have in the past, residents emphatically told us that “business as
usual” was no longer acceptable. Rather, they wanted to focus on new patterns
for development that ensured that our natural resources – water quality and
availability – were
sustainable over the long-term. They want convenient alternative transportation
choices to the car. They want jobs, especially jobs closer to home. And finally,
they want homes that fit their lifestyle. The ONE BAY Vision was created with
the input of over 10,000 citizens across the region through workshops,
educational forums, presentations, surveys and polls.
The ONE BAY Vision offers regional leaders the opportunity to develop short- and
long-term strategies as they make important decisions about the built
environment, natural environment and mobility in the region. Our communities and
neighborhoods have long provided a distinct “sense of place” for Tampa Bay
residents. This vision, implemented responsibly, can sustain these values while
still accommodating any increase in population and jobs in the future.
We want to thank everyone who joined ONE BAY in providing feedback to the vision
and we look forward to working together in the future.