Big Bend Road PLAT Study

According to the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission the census tracts in the southern part of the county are among the fastest growing areas of unincorporated Hillsborough County. While Hillsborough County overall grew approximately 12% from 2010 to 2017, census tracts in the Big Bend Road study area grew between 22% to 334%. 4.1.2 Wealth and Income Within the study area, the per capita income level is $24,900, which is about $3,800 less than the average per capita income in Hillsborough County. Census tract data indicates an average of 8.9% of households in the study area are estimated to be below the poverty level (2016 American Community Survey, US Census). According to the Imagine 2040 Plan (Hillsborough MPO) 34% of the population in Hillsborough County has the potential to be transportation disadvantaged. The plan defines the transportation disadvantaged population as those with disabilities and/or who fall into low income categories and includes people 65 years of age and older. The Transportation Disadvantaged Program seeks to enhance mobility of residents for life sustaining trips, such as medical appointments, employment, and educational opportunities. 4.2 Existing Land Uses There are multiple points of interest along the corridor and within the study area with various uses: residential, schools, recreational, commercial, medical, industrial, and environmental lands. There are three Developments of Regional Impact (DRI) in the study area: Waterset, South Bend, and Summerfield Crossings. The Big Bend Road Study area lies within the Urban Service Area Boundary and Figure 2 details the existing land use within the study area. Figure 3 depicts the land uses. Although under existing conditions there is a sizeable proportion of agricultural land, the planned future use of much of the existing agricultural land will be mixed use or industrial. This is discussed further in the Future Land Use Section.

Figure 2: Big Bend Road Study Area – Existing Land Use


Hillsborough County • October 2019

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