Planning & Placemaking Grant Program

Forward Pinellas is committed to fostering connected, people-centric neighborhoods and destinations through planning activities that reinforce community identity, livability, and increases public wealth. Efforts to shape the future of a redeveloping Pinellas County are guided by the framework of Pinellas By Design and the Countywide Plan, which seeks to strengthen our districts, centers, and corridors… Read more »

Finding the Missing Middle

The Tampa Bay housing market is currently underserved in providing affordable housing options for residents, and that trend is expected to grow. One solution may be to provide a greater variety of housing types that can accommodate more people without changing the character of existing neighborhoods. The term Missing Middle, developed in 2012 by architect Daniel… Read more »

Alternate U.S. 19 Studies

Extending nearly 38 miles, Alternate U.S. Highway 19 is the longest roadway in Pinellas County. It connects the cities of Tarpon Springs, Dunedin, Clearwater, Largo, Seminole and St. Petersburg as well as Palm Harbor in the  unincorporated area of north Pinellas County. The configuration of the road and the character of adjacent land uses it… Read more »

Microbrewery Study

Microbreweries (and related uses like brewpubs, micro-distilleries and micro-wineries) are becoming increasingly popular in Pinellas County and around the country. These businesses gravitate toward compact, walkable downtowns and town centers, creating attractive destinations that can become catalysts for revitalization. A unique combination of commercial and industrial uses in a single building, microbreweries can also present… Read more »

Connecting People and Places within the S.R. 60 Corridor

  Forward Pinellas and its agency partners are seeking to improve safety and increase the number of transportation options along the State Road 60 corridor linking Clearwater Beach, Downtown Clearwater, and Tampa International Airport. Forward Pinellas began the SR 60 Multimodal Implementation Plan in 2016 with agency partners Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, City of Clearwater,… Read more »

Complete Streets

photo of a complete street and bicyclist

Forward Pinellas as the unified MPO/PPC has been tasked by a special act of the state legislature to coordinate transportation and land use planning in Pinellas County. One way to strengthen this coordination is to incentivize transportation investments so they serve as a catalyst for transformative redevelopment, particularly through the implementation of “Complete Streets” projects…. Read more »

Local Assistance

Indian Shores Town Square

Planning at the local government level can require large investments of staff time and financial resources, and smaller communities with limited resources often require assistance from Forward Pinellas. Our staff provides several different types of local assistance. We are always available to provide routine technical help to local government staff members who have questions about,… Read more »

Transit Suitability Analysis

Jolley Trolley at Main Street and Bayshore Drive, Safety Harbor

Forward Pinellas, working with the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority (PSTA) and local governments, is conducting an analysis of PSTA transfer points. This project will evaluation opportunities for redevelopment, improved non-auto accessibility and enhanced safety at the transfer points and their surrounding areas. Ultimately, site-specific strategies will be developed for select sites. Project Objectives Improve service… Read more »