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Workshop will explore new urban design plans


© St. Petersburg Times, published March 19, 2000

CITRUS PARK -- If you've been wondering about all this talk of neo-traditional neighborhoods, you might want to attend a workshop Tuesday at the Hillsborough County Center.

There will be no citizen input, but you will be able to listen as the consultant hired to help the county plan community development in Citrus Park and northwest Hillsborough brings county commissioners up to speed on the plan's philosophy.

Andres Duany of Duany Plater-Zyberk & Co. will start the 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. session by comparing traditional neighborhood developments with conventional suburban developments.

New urban design concepts also will be discussed, a notion that envisions roads within neo-traditional subdivisions connecting to roads inside and outside those neighborhoods so that shopping, work and recreation are within walking distance of town centers.

Afternoon lectures will focus on new and retrofited models for convenience stores, shopping centers and regional malls. Duany will conclude the series by discussing ways to overcome obstacles to these new techniques when they run contrary to county ordinances.

-- Jackie Ripley can be reached at (813) 226-3468 or

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