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HRTPO Meeting Rescheduled for 10-4-17

September 19, 2017
HRTPO Meeting Rescheduled for 10-4-17

The HRTPO has rescheduled the September 20 Board Meeting for Wednesday, October 4, 2017, at 10:00 AM as the region works to address the immediate needs of the community after Hurricane Irma.

The complete agenda package will be sent to members of the board at least 7 days prior to the meeting. A copy of the agenda may be obtained on September 27, 2017, at heartlandregionaltpo.org or by contacting Marybeth Soderstrom, Community Engagement Manager at (863) 534-7130 or at msoderstrom@heartlandregionaltpo.org.

If any person decides to appeal any decision made by the Board with respect to any matter considered at this meeting or hearing, he/she will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceeding is made, which record includes the testimony and evidence from which the appeal is to be issued.

POSTPONED: HRTPO Sept. 20 Meeting

September 12, 2017
POSTPONED: HRTPO Sept. 20 Meeting

The Heartland Regional Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) Chair, Commissioner Jim Brooks, has postponed the HRTPO meeting scheduled for Wednesday, September 20, 2017, as the region works to address the immediate needs of the community after Hurricane Irma. A notice will be sent next week with the information for the rescheduled meeting.

As power is not yet restored to the HRTPO office, please call 863-838-9762 or email info@heartlandregionaltpo.org if you have any questions.

Florida Greenways & Trails System 5-Year Plan Update – 2018-2022 Public Open House Workshops – POSTPONED

August 31, 2017
Florida Greenways & Trails System 5-Year Plan Update – 2018-2022 Public Open House Workshops – POSTPONED

The Public Workshops scheduled for September (see below) will be rescheduled for a later date due to the potential of Hurricane Irma impacting the state.  This will allow individuals to focus on preparing their communities and families for the storm.  The Office of Greenways and Trails will send out more information once new dates have been confirmed. 

The Florida Greenways and Trails System (FGTS) Plan 2013-2017 established the vision for implementing a connected statewide system of greenways and trails for recreation, conservation, alternative transportation, healthy lifestyles, a vibrant economy, and a high quality of life.

The Office of Greenways and Trails (OGT) is updating the FGTS 5-Year Plan and holding 14 public open houses throughout the state. The purpose of these meetings is to receive public input on the proposed update to the draft written 2018-2022 FGTS Plan and Land and Water Opportunity and Priority Maps. Please plan to join us at a location close to you.

If you are unable to participate in person, there are opportunities to provide written comments by e-mail or conventional mail. We will accept public comments through November 30, 2017.

Click here for more information including the draft plan, maps, and contact information. 

The Open House schedule is:

Tuesday, September 5 – Marianna
Jackson County Citizens’ Lodge
4574 Lodge Drive, Marianna, Florida 32446
4:00-7:00 CT

Wednesday, September 6 – Port St. Joe POSTPONED

St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve Center

3915 State Road 30-A, Port St. Joe, FL 32456

4:00-7:00 ET

 

Thursday, September 7 – Milton POSPONED

Blackwater Heritage State Trail-Visitor Center

5533 Alabama Street, Milton, FL 32570

4:00-7:00 CT

 

Monday, September 11 – Sebring  POSTPONED

Bert J. Harris, Jr. Agricultural Center, Conference Room #2

4509 George Boulevard, Sebring, FL 33875

4:00-7:00 ET

 

Tuesday, September 12 – Port St. Lucie POSTPONED

St. Lucie Transportation Planning Organization, Coco Vista Center

466 SW Port St Lucie Blvd. #111, Port St. Lucie, FL 34953

4:00-7:00 ET

 

Wednesday, September 13 – Hialeah POSTPONED

Milander Center for Arts & Entertainment, Garden Plaza Hall

4800 Palm Ave, Hialeah, FL 33012

4:00-7:00 ET

 

Thursday, September 14 – North Port POSTPONED

Morgan Family Community Center, Meeting Room A/B

6207 West Price Boulevard, North Port, FL 34291

4:00-7:00 ET

 

Friday, September 15 – Temple Terrace POSTPONED

Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Southwest District

13051 N Telecom Parkway, Temple Terrace, FL 33637

4:00-7:00 ET

 

Monday, September 18 – DeBary POSTPONED

Debary Hall

198 Sunrise Boulevard, DeBary, FL 32713

4:00-7:00 ET

 

Tuesday, September 19 – Jacksonville POSTPONED

Ed Ball Building, Conference Room 851

214 N Hogan Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202

4:00-7:00 ET

 

Monday, September 25 – Palatka POSTPONED

Ravine State Gardens

1600 Twigg Street, Palatka, FL 32177

4:00-7:00 ET

 

Tuesday, September 26 – Dunnellon POSTPONED

Historic Train Depot

12061 S. Williams Street, Dunnellon, FL 34432

4:00-7:00 ET

 

Wednesday, September 27 – Tallahassee POSTPONED

Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Douglas Building, Conference Room A

3900 Commonwealth Boulevard, Tallahassee, FL 32399

4:00-7:00 ET

 

Thursday, September 28 – Live Oak POSTPONED

Suwannee River Water Management District, Suwannee Room

9225 County Road 49, Live Oak, FL 32060

4:00-7:00 ET

 

Proposed Amendments to the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

August 31, 2017
Proposed Amendments to the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)

The Heartland Regional Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) announces the start of a seven-day public comment and review period for proposed amendments to the FY 2017/18 through FY 2021/22 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) requested by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT).  The TIP is a list of funded transportation projects covering a period of five years. Adopted each year in June, the TIP is updated by amendment throughout the year to ensure authorization of federal funds.

The proposed amendments include:

  • Roll-Forward Amendment – Each year there are projects that are scheduled to be authorized prior to June 30th (when the previous TIP is in effect) but for various reasons, they do not get authorized. These projects will automatically roll forward in FDOT’s Work Program but need to be accounted for in the TIP. This amendment is being done to account for the roll-forward projects within the TIP.
  • DeSoto County Bridge Repair/Rehabilitation Amendment – The HRTPO has received a request from FDOT to amend the FY 2017/18 – FY 2021/22 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) to include the design phase for a bridge repair/rehabilitation project for American Legion Drive over Peace River Bridge in DeSoto County. This project was recently added to the FDOT 5 Year Work Program and this amendment to include the project in the TIP is necessary to ensure authorization of federal funds in the current fiscal year.
  • Administration of FTA Section 5311 for DeSoto County – DeSoto County has requested the administration of the FTA Section 5311 Operating Assistance grant funds be transferred to the Central Florida Regional Planning Council. This must be included in the HRTPO’s current TIP to ensure authorization of federal funds in 2018.

The comment period for the TIP proposed amendment begins on August 31, 2017, and comments will be accepted through September 6, 2017. The proposed TIP amendments will be presented for adoption to the HRTPO Board at their meeting on September 20, 2017, with at least seven (7) days public notice. An opportunity for public comment will be available at the meeting before Board action is taken.

Printed copies are available upon request.  Anyone interested in submitting a comment may do so by contacting Community Engagement Manager, Marybeth Soderstrom, by email at msoderstrom@cfrpc.org, mail to 555 East Church Street, Bartow, FL 33830, or call (863) 534-7130 x 134.