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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.

Draft Highlands Transit Plan Open for Public Comment

August 8, 2017
Draft Highlands Transit Plan Open for Public Comment

Public Comment Period: August 8 – September 6, 2017

The Heartland Regional Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) is seeking comments from the public on the draft Highlands Transit Plan from August 8 – September 6, 2017. After the comment period closes and all input has been considered, the draft Highlands Transit Plan will be presented for adoption to the HRTPO Board on September 20, 2017, after seven (7) days public notice.

The Highlands Transit Plan, led by the Heartland Regional Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO), is a Transit Development Plan (TDP) for Highlands County. The plan will help establish a strategic vision to guide planning, development, and implementation of public transportation service over the next 10 years. Developed through a collaborative process and based on the community’s vision, the plan and is updated every five years.  The plan is required by the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to be eligible to receive state funding for public transportation.

View the Draft Executive Summary

View the Draft Highlands Transit Plan

View the Draft Appendix

Share Your Comments

To submit comments, complete the form or contact Marybeth Soderstrom, Community Engagement Manager by email msoderstrom@cfrpc.org, mail to 555 East Church Street, Bartow, FL 33830, or call (863) 534-7130 x 134. Printed copies are available upon request.

Public participation is solicited without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex, religion, disability, income, or family status. Persons who require special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act or persons who require translation services (free of charge) should contact Marybeth Soderstrom, HRTPO Title VI Liaison, 863-534-7130, extension 134 (voice), or via Florida Relay Service 711, or by email: msoderstrom@cfrpc.org.

Brent Kettler Appointed to the Citizens Advisory Committee

July 27, 2017
Brent Kettler Appointed to the Citizens Advisory Committee

The Director of Economic Development for the Hendry County Economic Development Council, Brent Kettler, has been appointed to represent Hendry  County on the Heartland Regional Transportation Planning Organization’s Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC).

Kettler will join the 12 other volunteer members and alternates in providing input on transportation issues and assist in identifying the needs of the public in the Heartland Region. Kettler said:

“Transportation is the common variable present in all economic development challenges in Hendry County, as well as within our region. My objective in participating as a member of the HRPTO CAC is to help glean best practices, relay local challenges to the larger group, and utilize the time spent as a commitment to addressing the top priority Hendry and regional partner transportation challenges.”

The committee is comprised of members from the Heartland region including the six counties of DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands and Okeechobee and the urbanized area of Highlands County including the cities of Sebring and Avon Park. Interested applicants are invited to apply for the CAC if they live or work in the Heartland region and the application is available at www.heartlandregionaltpo.org or by email at info@heartlandregionaltpo.org. Applicants are reviewed by their local government and appointed by the HRTPO Board.

All meetings of the HRTPO and its committees are open to the public. For more information, contact Marybeth Soderstrom, Community Engagement Manager by email msoderstrom@cfrpc.org, mail to 555 East Church Street, Bartow, FL 33830, or call (863) 534-7130 x 134.

 

FDOT Public Hearing on SR 29 in LaBelle

June 23, 2017
FDOT Public Hearing on SR 29 in LaBelle

 FDOT Southwest Florida will be holding a Public Hearing for the SR 29 project in LaBelle on Thursday, June 29 at 5:00 pm at the LaBelle Civic Center. Learn more at http://sr29labelle.com/

SR 29 FROM CR-80-A (COWBOY WAY) TO CR 731 (WHIDDEN RD)
Meeting Type: Hearing
Date: Thursday, June 29, 2017
Time: 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Location Name: LaBelle Civic Center
Street Address: 481 Highway 80 West
City: LaBelle
Purpose: This is the Public Hearing for the SR 29 project in LaBelle.
Project Web Site: http://sr29labelle.com/