Hillsborough County is looking at a new way of ranking its transportation needs.
County commissioners want to base priorities for road work and transit expansion based on how much the projects contribute to economic development and job creation, rather than what simply fixes the worst clogs.Need any more proof the the Hillsborough County Commission does not care about improving mobility? It's all about development.
Commissioners have been talking for months about ways the county can promote economic development beyond offering financial incentives to businesses that open, relocate or expand here. They formed a task force largely of building industry representatives who recommended creating designated economic development areas where roads, storm drains and other infrastructure are installed to accommodate businesses.Now they are talking development again. Where was the Economic Development Council? What have they contributed to the development strategy? Inquiring minds want to know. After all, this is all about development, not improving mobility.
It's really interesting they want to encourage more development, yet there is plenty of available commercial real estate throughout the county. Perhaps we start leveraging what we have rather than chasing ghosts of transportation oriented development.