A Plan is a type of document that guides the work of transportation planning agencies, outlining a vision and strategic steps that will move them towards that vision. There are many types of plans that planners use, including land use plans, site plans, corridor plans, master plans and strategic plans. They can be project-specific, short-range, or long-range in scope. A good long-range plan includes what an agency wants to accomplish, how they want to accomplish it, and by when, and they often include Goals, Objectives, and Policies that inform decision-makers on how to prioritize funding for transportation projects.
Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT): Statewide Transportation Plan
The United States federal government requires all states to have a long-range statewide transportation plan. The FDOT makes and carries out plans for interstate highways, state-owned local roads, and various modes of transportation for the entire state of Florida. The Florida Transportation Plan is the agency’s single all-encompassing long-range statewide plan looking ahead to 2060.
- Florida Transportation Plan – Vision Element
- Florida Transportation Plan – Policy Element
- Florida Transportation Plan – Strategic Intermodal System (SIS)
Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPO): Long Range Transportation Plans
Federal law requires all projects receiving federal funding to be in a MPO’s Long Range Transportation Plan. Metropolitan Planning Organizations exist to identify local conditions, needs and preferences to prioritize transportation projects receiving federal funds within their entire jurisdiction. They are the seminal plans for a region’s transportation system. LRTPs are updated every five years, and they look ahead 20 years.
- Hillsborough County Imagine 2040: Long Range Transportation Plan
- Forward Pinellas 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan
- Pasco County Mobility 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan
Transit Agencies: Transportation Development Plans
The FDOT requires all transit agencies in the state of Florida to have a transportation development plan (TDP). Transit agencies, also called transit authorities, are generally recognized as government agencies or public-benefit corporation that exist to plan and operate public transportation services using public funds. TDPs in Florida are strategic long-range plans that look ahead 10 years.
- Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) Transit Development Plan Final Report
- Pinellas Suncoast Area Transit (PSTA) FY 2016 to 2025 Transportation Development Plan Major Update
- Pasco County Public Transportation (PCPT) Ten-Year Transit Development Plan Final Report
Cities and Counties: Comprehensive Plans
The State of Florida requires all counties and municipalities in the state to have comprehensive plans. The goal of a comprehensive plan is to responsibly manage the economic and physical growth of a city or county. They are separated into elements pertaining to things like land use and housing development, and they usually have a transportation or mobility element. They are rewritten every seven to 10 years, and they look ahead 20 years.
- Tampa Imagine 2040 City of Tampa Comprehensive Plan
- Temple Terrace Comprehensive Plan 2025 Mobility Element
- Plant City Imagine 2040 City of Plant City Comprehensive Plan
- St. Petersburg Comprehensive Plan
- Clearwater Comprehensive Plan – Transportation Element
- Largo Comprehensive Plan: Forwarding Our Future 2040
- St. Pete Beach Comprehensive Plan as Amended Through 2012
- New Port Richie Comprehensive Plan – Transportation Element
- Dade City Comprehensive Plan – Transportation Element
Regional Transportation Organizations: Master Plans
Regional transportation organizations are government agencies or public benefit corporations that coordinate and plan for the needs of an entire region. They often create strategic master plans to guide their funding priorities.
- Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority (TBARTA) 2015 Regional Transportation Master Plan
- Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council (TBRPC) A Strategic Regional Policy Plan for the Tampa Bay Region
- Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) Strategic Blueprint 2015
Private Industry Master Plans
- Tampa International Airport 2012 Master Plan – 2016 Addendum
- Tampa Port Authority Port Tampa Bay Master Plan: Vision 2030 / 2010 Strategic Plan Update
- Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce Vision 2026
- St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce 2017-2019 Strategic Plan
- Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation SOAR Annual Report 2018
- St. Petersburg Economic Development Corporation Grow Smarter
- Innovation Alliance Strategic Plan FY 2017-2020
Area-Specific Master Plans
- Westshore Public Realm Master Plan / Transportation Action Plan
- Tampa Historic Streetcar, Inc. InVision: Tampa Streetcar
- East Tampa Strategic Action Plan
- West Tampa Mutimodal Master Plan
- Center City Master Plan
- Hillsborough County Greenways and Trails Master Plan
- Walk/Bike Plan for the City of Tampa
Dayna Lazarus, TBMO Research Lead