City of Tampa and Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission Accolades from The American Planning Association

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The City of Tampa and Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission are proud to announce that the Imagine 2040: Tampa Comprehensive Plan has been recognized as one of only 8 Comprehensive Plans nationwide as an example of excellence in comprehensive planning by the American Planning Association (APA). In May 2016, APA launched the Comprehensive Plan Standards for Sustaining Places Recognition Program Pilot. Communities that have integrated sustainability into comprehensive plans adopted or amended within the last five years submitted their plans for recognition.  In recognizing the eight Comprehensive Plans, the American Planning Association stated “the honored plans incorporate principles for creating livable, healthy community in harmony with nature that have resilient economies, social equity and strong regional ties.”

“This achievement is another very well deserved recognition of our hard working staff here at the City of Tampa,” said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. “Their collaborative work with the Planning Commission highlights an innovative vision for Tampa’s future and the future of this region. We look forward to implementing this long-term plan and transforming Tampa into a city that competes with cities across the globe.”  

"Achieving 2016 APA Silver Level Comprehensive Plan Standards for Sustaining Places recognizes the hard work the City of Tampa and Planning Commission staff put into the recent update of the Comprehensive Plan," said Melissa Zornitta, Executive Director of the Planning Commission. "It was a true partnership and commitment to ensure the plan embodied the vision citizens across the community shared with us in the Imagine 2040 public engagement. Now adopted, the Imagine 2040 Tampa Comprehensive Plan provides the guidebook for us collaboratively creating a city that truly is a place people want to live, work and play."

Reviewers from the American Planning Association noted that the Imagine 2040: Tampa Comprehensive Plan clearly conveys data and information on adjacent communities in the county, as well as alignment with federal, state, and other regional plans. Pointing out the comprehensive coverage of the plan, including both traditional plan elements, and those less typically included (e.g., capital improvements, government, land development regulations, public schools, intergovernmental coordination legal status), the reviewers also found the elements in the plan are consistent and mutually reinforcing - highlighting how many topics cross different elements, but work together in a system. 

The Imagine 2040: Tampa Comprehensive Plan is designed to shape the City’s future for generations to come. Tampa is a great city to live and work in, offering diversity and a rich urban life that nurtures residents’ creativity and their entrepreneurial spirit. The Plan builds on these qualities and outlines a collective vision for sustaining and enhancing an attractive and safe city that evokes pride, passion, and a sense of belonging – a city where everybody cares about the quality of life. The Plan focuses growth and change to specific parts of the city while strengthening and protecting residential neighborhoods from development pressure. Using innovative strategies and planning techniques, the Plan ensures Tampa will prosper well into the 21st century.

The Imagine 2040: Tampa Comprehensive Plan can be found at:

More information on the American Planning Association and their recognition of Sustainable Comprehensive Plan can be found at: 

For additional information, please contact: 

Ashley Bauman, Public Affairs Director