The Gateway area is about 30 square miles. It is the primary economic engine of Pinellas County and the Tampa Bay region. The area includes four local government jurisdictions and is home to a large number of jobs and professionals. It is easily accessible to regional highways, downtown St. Petersburg, and destinations in Tampa, yet it suffers from the challenges of a disparate, disconnected and disinvested automobile-centric development pattern.
As a region, we have already made major investments in the area’s regional highway network. Now, we need local connections to the network in order to leverage those investments, take pressure off the surface roadways, and foster more efficient, compact development. Additionally, those connections should occur for multiple transportation modes – not just cars.
The Gateway Master Plan will identify opportunities for more efficient, economy-boosting land use patterns that will provide housing options that put people closer to their destinations, reduce congestion, enable investments in transit, and provide safe bicycle & pedestrian connections
The Gateway Master Plan will create a vision and an action-oriented redevelopment strategy, guiding the area’s growth toward a more socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable future. The plan will consider how transportation and land use can combine to support residents’ quality of life, retain jobs and attract future investment. The master plan will also focus on building partnerships to guide future development and multi-modal connectivity, both regionally and throughout the district.
THE PLANNING PROCESS
The master planning process is approximately 18-months long and includes multiple opportunities for area residents and stakeholders to be engaged in developing a shared vision and strategies to guide future investment.
The Gateway Master Plan is a million-dollar collaborative effort led by Forward Pinellas, the countywide land use and transportation planning agency, along with partners Pinellas County, the City of St. Petersburg, the City of Largo, the City of Pinellas Park, and the Florida Department of Transportation. The master planning effort is being led by WRT, a multi-disciplinary planning and design firm based in Philadelphia, along with local and national partners including SB Friedman Development Advisors, Kimley-Horn, Atelier Ten, Vrana Consulting, and CGA.
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