This story was reported and written by Local Editor Ashley Reams.
By 2040, Hillsborough County will have up to 600,000 new residents and about 400,000 new jobs.
That’s according to the Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission and the Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization for Transportation, which have teamed up to simultaneously update the Comprehensive Plans of Hillsborough County, the City of Temple Terrace, the City of Tampa and the City of Plant City with the countywide Long Range Transportation Plan.
That means the groups are looking at current growth trends to come up with a vision for future growth throughout the county with an emphasis on jobs, housing and transportation. They’re calling it Imagine 2040, and they want your input.
Through Oct. 20, you can help design the future of Temple Terrace, Tampa, Plant City and Hillsborough County by participating in an online survey.
What’s important to you in regard to future planning? Should Hillsborough spread new residents and jobs throughout the county? Or should it create new job centers along major highways?
These are the types of questions you can answer by taking the Imagine 2040 survey.
For more information, visit Plan Hillsborough 2040 online.
Are you taking the survey? What do you hope the Tampa Bay area looks like in 2040? Tell us in the comments.