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					CITRUS COUNTY | 2035 Long Range Transportation
                                                               July 2009 NEWSLETTER

INTRODUCTION

The 2035 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) is currently being developed by Citrus County. The
completed plan will set forth a vision and provide direction for meeting the forecasted transportation
needs in Citrus County through the year 2035. The purpose of this newsletter is to update Citrus
County’s residents and employees of the progress that has been made on the plan, and future public
involvement opportunities. The content of this newsletter (and the LRTP) has been developed over the
course of several months and through a variety of public workshops and coordination among County
Commissioners and stakeholders. For further information on the LRTP and Public Involvement
activities, visit the Website below.




Next Public Involvement Opportunities
1.   Consensus Building Workshop (August 26, 2009)
2.   Joint Citrus County and City Board Workshop (September/October 2009)


Website Link
http://www.bocc.citrus.fl.us/devservices/commdev/trans/lrtp.htm


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               CITRUS COUNTY | 2035 Long Range Transportation Plan

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           2035 Forecast Population




Map 1: 2035 Population Forecast
The first step in the development of the LRTP is forecasting where people will live in 2035. This is important be-
cause this represents where future trips will be generated. The map above shows that population growth will occur
mostly north of SR 44.
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          2035 Forecast Total Employment




Map 2: 2035 Total Employment Forecast
Employment was also forecasted out to 2035. Employment is important because it represents the areas that people
want to travel to. The map above shows that employment in Citrus County will also be located mostly in the north
and central parts of Citrus County.
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                   CITRUS COUNTY | 2035 Long Range Transportation Plan

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    Plan Development Process

There are three phases of the LRTP. Each phase offers several public involvement opportunities to address the
different focuses of each phase. Phase I is Visioning. Where the plan looks at past and current trends and evaluates
if it is desirable for Citrus County to continue with these trends or if it is beneficial to set new transportation priorities.
Phase II, Feasible and Practical Corridors expands on the vision priorities established in Phase I. In Phase II,
roadway, transit, bicycle, and pedestrian improvement priorities are evaluated based on feasibility and put into an
improvements plan. The final phase, Implementation Actions is the phase in which the plan is adopted by County
government and acted upon. Currently the project is near the middle of the Cost Feasible portion of Phase II.

The Citrus LRTP has been developed in coordination with other regional efforts including the Chairs Coordinating
Committee’s Regional LRTP and the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority’s (TBARTA) Master Plan for the pub-
lic transportation.
                                                                   Plan Process & Public Involvement


                                                   Planning              Phase I - Visioning
                                                                          Stakeholder Interviews (December 2008)
                                                                          BoCC Workshop (February 5, 2009)
                                                                          Geographic Workshops (2) (March 16, 2009)
                                                                          Consensus Building Workshop (March 26, 2009)
                                                                          TAC/CAC Meetings (April 20, 2009)
                                                 Needs Plan




                                                                         Phase II - Feasible and Practical Corridors
                                              Development of              Geographic Workshop (May 5, 2009)
                                                Corridors                 Consensus Building Workshop (May 13, 2009)
                                                                          TAC/CAC Meetings (June, 2009)
                                                                          Board of County Commissioners Update
                                                                            (June 23, 2009)

                                               Cost Feasible
                                                   Plan



                                                                         Phase III - Implementation Actions
                                                                          Consensus Building Workshop (August 26, 2009)
                                               Plan Adoption
                                                                          TAC/CAC Meetings (August/September 2009)
                                                                          Joint Citrus County and City Board Workshop
                                                                            (October 2009)


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                        CITRUS COUNTY | 2035 Long Range Transportation Plan

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                  Area Type Designations


During Phases I and II of the LRTP, several public workshops were held. Participants identified transportation
priorities that were used to develop the Needs Plan portion of the LRTP. The maps included in this newsletter are the
result of the public workshops and illustrate the 2035 Needs Plan.

2035 Citrus County Needs Plan Roadway Network
                                                                                      The different Corridor Types are defined
                                                                                      below. Most roadways fall into one of the
                                                                                      following “Corridor Types.”

                                                                                      City Center
                                                                                       Corridors that run through denser
                                                                                            development such as downtown areas.
                                                                                           May have higher levels of street lighting
                                                                                           and landscaping that are typically not
                                                                                           found in lower intensity areas.

                                                                                      Activity Center
                                                                                       Provides lower levels of street lighting
                                                                                           and landscaping that differ from what is
                                                                                           found in City Centers.
                                                                                       These corridors connect to activity
                                                                                           centers that may include different types
                                                                                           of commercial development.

                                                                                      Suburban Residential
                                                                                       Less landscaping but include side-
                                                                                          walks.


                                                                                      Rural and Highway Commercial
                                                                                       Found in areas with lower density.
                                                                                       Typically do not include sidewalks or
                                                                                          bike lanes.




Map 3: Area Type Designations
The map above shows the major roadways in Citrus County and identifies the area type for each roadway . Most of the
roads are designated as Activity Center or Suburban Residential. Examples of each area type can be found on the
following page.

The area type designations were used to develop the Bicycle and Pedestrian Needs Plans. Each area type was
assigned certain cross section elements, such as marked bike lanes and sidewalks. If a roadway’s area type
designation was a type that included a bike lane or sidewalk as cross section elements, and that roadway does not cur-
rently have that element in place, it was added to the Needs Plan. The recommended cross section elements for each
area type are illustrated on the following page.



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                                      Recommended Cross Sections for Area Types
  City Center




           8 Foot Sidewalks                     Curb & Gutter                 Marked Bike Lane   Street Furniture and
                                                  Drainage                                           Landscaping

                                                     Median with Native/Low
                                                     Maintenance Vegetation
  Activity Center




           8 Foot Sidewalks                     Curb & Gutter                 Marked Bike Lane   Native/Low Maintenance
                                                  Drainage                                             Street Trees

                                                                   Vegetation in
                                                                Median at nodes only
Residential
Suburban




           5 Foot Sidewalks                       Curb & Gutter               Paved Shoulder     Native/Low Maintenance
                                                    Drainage                                           Street Trees
                                                 (Open drainage
                                                 may substitute       Grass Median
                                                when appropriate)



                     *Also Highway Commercial
   Rural*




                    No Sidewalks                 Open Swale                    Paved Shoulder    No Street Trees/Furniture
                                                  Drainage
                                                                     Grass Median



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             CITRUS COUNTY | 2035 Long Range Transportation Plan

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        2035 Roadway Needs




Map 4: 2035 Roadway Needs
Through technical analysis and several public workshops, a needs plan for 2035 was developed. The
purpose of the Needs Plan is to identify transportation facilities that are needed by 2035. The roads
highlighted in light blue on the map above are either new roadway alignment needs or roadways that will
need widening by the year 2035. The most significant needs identified in the public workshops were the
addition of the Suncoast Parkway 2 and the new interchanges (indicated by a dark blue circle).




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                  CITRUS COUNTY | 2035 Long Range Transportation Plan

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           2035 Public Transportation Needs

TBARTA Routes are from the Adopted
Master Plan (5/22/09). Routes are identified
for the year 2050+




Map 5: 2035 Public Transportation Needs
The public transportation needs were developed in coordination with the Tampa Bay Area Regional
Transportation Authority (TBARTA) Master Plan and through public workshops. TBARTA’s Master Plan
identifies long and short term transit routes in an effort to make the entire Tampa Bay region more connected
and accessible. The TBARTA routes identified in red on the map above are regional connector routes that
will potentially provide service connecting to the rest of the Tampa Bay region. Other regional transit needs
shown are the Ocala Express Service and the Lake-Sumter Connector Service, which are not part of the
TBARTA plan. The routes shown in blue are roadways that were identified by the Board of County
Commissioners as local transit needs. These routes would provide local public transportation options in
Citrus County.


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          2035 Trail Needs




Map 6: 2035 Trail Needs
Trails are included in the LRTP since they provide mobility options for bicycle and pedestrian modes. Shown
on the map above are the trail needs established for 2035 during the public workshops.




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            CITRUS COUNTY | 2035 Long Range Transportation Plan

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      2035 Pedestrian Facility Needs




Map 7: 2035 Pedestrian Facility Needs
In addition to multi-use trails, pedestrian facilities are an important element to a connected transportation
system. They include sidewalks, multi-use paths, crosswalks, and other elements that create a safer
pedestrian environment. Not only do these facilities provide connectivity in the pedestrian mode but they
also enable the public transportation system by providing access to those services.

The roads identified on the map above in light blue and orange are roadways that have been identified as
in need of pedestrian facilities by the year 2035. Usually pedestrian facilities are added to roadways if
and when the roadway is being improved or widened. The roadways highlighted in light blue are those
that are identified in the Needs Plan as needing improvements and in need of pedestrian facilities. The
roadways highlighted in orange are not identified in the Needs Plan as needing other roadway
improvements, therefore pedestrian facilities on these roads would have to be constructed as stand alone
projects.
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             CITRUS COUNTY | 2035 Long Range Transportation Plan

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        2035 Bicycle Facility Needs




Map 8: 2035 Bicycle Facility Needs
Bicycle facilities are also an important element to a connected transportation network. They can include
marked bike lanes or paved shoulders. The roadways highlighted in light blue or orange above are
roadways in need of bicycle facilities by the year 2035. Usually bicycle facilities are added to roadways if
and when the roadway is being improved or widened.

The roadways highlighted in light blue are those that are identified in the Needs Plan as needing
improvements and in need of bicycle facilities. The roadways highlighted in orange are not identified in the
Needs Plan as needing other roadway improvements, therefore bicycle facilities on these roads would have
to be constructed as stand alone projects.
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                                Lecanto, FL 34461
                                3600 W. Sovereign Path, Ste 109
                                Department of Development Services
                                Citrus County




            CITRUS COUNTY | 2035 Long Range Transportation
                                                                 July 2009 NEWSLETTER

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