Big Bend Road PLAT Study

Big Bend Road PLAT STUDY Preliminary Land Use Assessment and Transportation Process

Understanding Baseline Conditions 1. Introduction and Purpose The purpose of the study is to better understand the baseline factors (existing conditions), balance development pattern and form, and improve infrastructure along the Big Bend Road corridor as consistent with Hillsborough County’s Framework for Preliminary Land-use Assessment and Transportation. Hillsborough County’s Framework for the Preliminary Land Use Assessment and Transportation Process (PLAT Process) is an initiative to examine land use characteristics and economic, social, demographic and market trends along corridors that are planned for transportation improvements. It provides a bridge between the long-range planning phase and the mid-range engineering phase of a transportation project and allows an opportunity to examine the corridor in depth to identify opportunities for shaping/ improving development, land use and infrastructure, prior to the Project Development and Environmental (PD&E) phase of a transportation project. This framework aims to examine a corridor or region in a proactive way to achieve optimal land use and community outcomes in accordance with transportation projects that may be taking place. 1.1 PLAT Process Components The PLAT process has three components: 1. Understanding the baseline factors or existing conditions, of land use, transportation, demographics, travel modes, and origin-destination patterns 2. Creating optimal land use by leveraging planned/proposed transportation improvements 3. Integrating land use changes concurrent with transportation improvements This section of the report will detail the existing conditions along Big Bend Road (the corridor) and within a 1-mile area adjacent to the roadway (study area). The results from this report, along with a public involvement process that will engage and seek input from stakeholders regarding their vision for the area, will help formulate ideas for development and infrastructure in the study area.


Hillsborough County • October 2019

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