Master Plan Amendments

Master Plan Amendments

Master Plan Amendments

Hillsborough RiverThe Tampa Greenways and Trails Citizens Advisory Committee (GTCAC) and the City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department conducted four public workshops on proposed amendments to the Tampa Greenways and Trails Master Plan in the Fall of 2005. The original plan was adopted by City Council in February 2001 after a citizen-driven planning process. The plan includes recommendations for several types of trails:

  • on-road bike trails; 

  • off-road bike routes; 

  • sidewalk connections; and 

  • off-road multi-purpose bicycle/pedestrian paths.

During the past several years, the GTCAC and city staff have worked with local neighborhoods, businesses, private developers, community organizations and public agencies to clarify preferred trail alignments, recommend additional on-road bike lane/route connections and incorporate new trail proposals for interested neighborhoods. About 60 miles of new trails are recommended in the proposed Master Plan Amendment Map (pdf, 5128K). The recommendations reflect preferred trail alignments; however, many considerations and conditions must be met before this system becomes a reality. Review by area property owners is important for each segment of the designated trail. Design work for specific segments must be developed and funding secured. Further input and review by the Tampa Police Department and other coordinating/managing entities will be necessary as the trail is designated and built. A Master Plan Amendment Listing (pdf, 140K) details the proposed map amendments.

In addition to map amendments, some language changes and design specifications are recommended to be incorporated into the Master Plan. These include Rules of Procedures and By-Laws for the Greenways and Trails Citizens Advisory Committee. The Public Workshops were designated to solicit citizen input concerning the location and type of new and revised trail paths envisioned. The public workshops were informal, walk-in sessions with no set agenda. City staff and GTCAC members were available to answer questions and discuss the proposed amendments. Aerial photographs and conceptual, typical design plans were displayed. Citizens were provided the opportunity to submit comments.