Big Bend Road PLAT Study Transportation Regional attractors to this activity center like St. Joseph’s hospital, the Veterans clinic, and the YMCA, rely on the connection to I-75 that the Big Bend Road corridor provides. 8.3.2 Potential Development Form Land U se Policies which support a robustly connected street network to support the new residential growth to the south are essential. A connected suburban pattern will offer additional travel choices to residents to access existing commercial and service sites, like the uses in the US 301 activity center, the hospital, and the YMCA. This pattern allows local trips to rely on the local road network and provide some relief to congestion on the regional road network. Presently, Old Big Bend Road terminates at Lincoln Road, and there is a planned extension of Simmons Loop to connect to Old Big Bend Road. Old Big Bend Road could potentially serve as a main street as part of a connected suburban street network. While Big Bend Road is a truck route and supports high volume, high speed regional traffic, this road will support lower speeds as well as local traffic. Utilizing Old Big Bend Road as a parallel facility to Big Bend Road should be supported through policy incentives that orient building frontages to the local road network in a connected suburban form. Figure 34 depicts an example of what Connected Suburban development looks like. A Connected Suburban Center would suit the area in the future because it promotes a multi-modal environment with a connected street grid for planned residential development to access a mix of uses while serving the demands of a community so they do not have to rely solely on the regional road network. Buildings are oriented outward to the streets while front parking is limited and/or regulated to the rear of the development.

Figure 34. Connected Suburban Center

Source: Google Earth (West Park Village, Westchase, FL)


Hillsborough County • October 2019

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