• Transportation E-News - January 2019

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    January 11, 2019
    Transportation eNews | January 2019
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    Thank you for understanding our decision to reschedule the Transportation Symposium, and be assured that we eagerly look forward to Feb. 25 – 26. 
    Current registrations will automatically be applied to the February dates unless a refund is requested. Registration will remain open for those who wish to attend in February. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.
    All hotel reservations, made with the SpringHill Suites in Navarre, Fla. for the November dates have been canceled. The original room rates apply, but rooms must be booked under the new dates if you wish to stay onsite. Please book online or call 850-939-0010 and make the reservation under the block Emerald Coast Transportation Symposium. Please contact Brittany Ellers with questions regarding registration.
     
     
     
     

    Bay County Transportation Planning Organization Holds December Meeting in Callaway

     
    The Bay County TPO met on Dec. 5 in the Callaway Arts and Conference Center. The TPO considered: accepting the FDOT Fiscal Years 2020-2024 Tentative Work Program; appointing a Bay County TPO member and alternate to serve on the Metropolitan Planning Organization Advisory Council (MPOAC) for calendar year 2019; appointing a Bay County TPO member and alternate to attend the MPOAC Institute Workshop for Elected Officials, and more.

    The regularly scheduled meeting site for the TPO was damaged during Hurricane Michael. WFRPC staff wishes to thank the City of Callaway for making special accommodations to host this meeting.
     
    Above: WFRPC Transportation Manager, Mary Beth Washnock, addresses the TPO Board.
     
     
     
     
     
     
    The WRFPC staff donated and delivered Christmas gifts to Panama City for children of the Bay Town Trolley staff who lost their belongings in Hurricane Michael. Pictured below are just a few of the staff members from the Pensacola office preparing to send off the gifts.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

    Florida-Alabama Transportation Planning Organization Holds December Meeting in Gulf Breeze

     
    The  Florida-Alabama Transportation Planning Organization  met on Dec. 12 at the  Tiger Point Community Center in Gulf Breeze. The TPO considered: accepting the FDOT Fiscal Years 2020-2024 Tentative Work Program; establishing the Citizens’ Advisory Committee appointment process; appointing a Florida-Alabama TPO member and alternate to serve on the Metropolitan Planning Organization Advisory Council (MPOAC) for 2019; appointing a FL-AL TPO board member attend the MPOAC Institute Workshop for Elected Officials; appointing an Escambia County member and Santa Rosa County member and alternate to the Northwest Florida Regional Transportation Planning Organization, and more.
     
    Above: FL-AL TPO Chair, Commissioner Jeff Bergosh, addresses the TPO Board.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

    Okaloosa-Walton Transportation Planning Organization Holds December Meeting in Shalimar

     
    The Okaloosa-Walton TPO met on Dec. 13 at the Okaloosa County Administration Complex in Shalimar. The TPO considered: accepting the FDOT Fiscal Years 2020-2024 Tentative Work Program; appointment of an Okaloosa Walton TPO Member to serve on the Metropolitan Planning Organization Advisory Council (MPOAC) for 2019; selection of an Okaloosa-Walton TPO Board Member Attend the MPOAC Institute Workshop for Elected Officials; appointing an Okaloosa County member and two Walton County members to the Northwest Florida Regional Transportation Planning Organization, and more.
     
    Above: WFRPC Executive Director, Austin Mount (right), and Planner, Gary Kramer (left), address the Citizens' Advisory Committee.
     
     
     
     
     
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    Across the Region
     
     
    WFRPC staff member and Safe Routes to School Program Coordinator, Caitlin Cerame, conducted a helmet fitting certification class on Nov. 27 at the Okaloosa County Heath Department. Below is Cailtin (far left) with all who received certification.
     
     
     
     
    WFRPC coordinated with the City of Freeport to prepare a workforce housing plan to address the shortage of housing for households earning 60 percent to 120 percent of the area median income. Workforce housing is essential to communities because often those in occupations such as teaching, firefighting, law enforcement, and nursing fall within this threshold, making it difficult, if not impossible, to afford to live in the community they serve.

    WFRPC prepared a best practices report summarizing the most commonly used policy approaches and tools that small communities have utilized to address their workforce housing needs, including public-private partnerships, streamlining the review and approval process, and more. WFRPC also analyzed the City of Freeport’s Land Development Code and Comprehensive Plan to identify possible barriers to workforce housing and prepared recommendations to mitigate those barriers, such as flexibility in permitted uses, site and building requirements, and accessory dwelling units.
     
     
     
     
     
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