Manatee County Government Administrative Center Commission Chambers, First Floor 9:00 a.m. - October 20, 2015
REVISED October 20, 2015 - Regular Meeting
Agenda Item #33

MPO Long Range Transportation Plan Update


Contact and/or Presenter Information
Clarke Davis
Transportation Planning Division Manager
941.708.7450, x7272

Nick Lepp, AICP
Project Manager
Renaissance Planning Group

Action Requested
Report only. No action required.

Enabling/Regulating Authority


Background Discussion

The Sarasota/Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) is nearing the end of its Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) update process.  The MPO is required to conduct a comprehensive review and update of the LRTP every five years.  It is an important plan for the County's requests for federal and state funding.

For this Board item, Mr. Nick Lepp from Renaissance Planning Group will present key elements and concepts from the plan.  The report will include major components of the plan that will be presented to the public leading up to the adoption hearing for the plan.

Supplemental Information

While the plan will have a 2040 horizon year, its primary purpose is to guide project selection for State and Federal funding through a ten year horizon.  This ten year horizon reflects the adopted County and State capital programs and the projects that will "roll-in" to the programs over the next five years.

Before settling on the more focused purpose of guiding project selection, a major milestone of the overall plan is the needs assessment.  The "needs" are the transportation improvements required to support 2040 land uses.  In turn, the cost feasible plan is a subset of the needs that can be funded with resources available through 2040.  

The available funding is based on estimates of federal, state, and local revenue.  For Manatee County, the local revenue is primarily impact fees.  Because of the impact fee system's relationship to developer-built projects, the cost feasible plan includes several roads that are, or have reasonable expectation to be, the subject of local development agreements.

The portion of the cost feasible plan that is expected to be federal or state funded is important.  The available revenue and roads that can be funded with it are identified in five-year funding "blocks."  The federal and state section  determines which projects are eligible for funding requests through the annual MPO project prioritization process. "Block 1," representing the next five years after the current capital programs, guides which projects can be requested through the MPO process.

The MPO's working title for the 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan update is "The Strategic Mobility Plan."  The October 2015 draft of the main report is attached for reference.  Additional information is also available on the MPO website at http://www.mympo.org/.

Next Steps

MPO staff will be presenting the needs plan and cost feasible plan to the MPO Board review and input on October 26, 2015, and for public input in November.   These steps lead to MPO Board consideration of the overall plan in a mid-December public hearing.

County Attorney Review
Not Reviewed (No apparent legal issues)

Explanation of Other

Reviewing Attorney

Instructions to Board Records


Cost and Funds Source Account Number and Name

Amount and Frequency of Recurring Costs

Attachment:  DRAFT Strategic Mobility Plan - Oct 2015.pdf
Attachment:  DRAFT Strategic Mobility Plan - MAP SERIES.pdf