NEW PORT RICHEY — Pasco County took top honors at the Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council's Future of the Region Awards.
The county won both the One Bay Award and the Charles A. McIntosh Jr. Award of Distinction, the two highest honors handed out each year. The awards were given in recognition of Pasco's "The Harbors" West Market Redevelopment/Infill Plan, which lays out a framework for redeveloping west Pasco.
The Harbors West Market plan occurred as a result of a two-year planning process that included numerous community workshops with more than 300 participants, presentations to elected representatives and scores of discussions with more than 30 public and private agencies.
The awards were handed out Friday at a ceremony at the Hilton hotel at Carillon Park in St. Petersburg.
In addition, retired Pasco commissioner Ann Hildebrand won the Herman W. Goldner Award for Regional Leadership, given to individuals who exemplify the spirit of regional cooperation.
The Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council is an association of local governments and gubernatorial representatives who work to share ideas and coordinate planning for the Tampa Bay region.