Hillsborough County is seeking comments on how to improve the appearance of a stretch of U.S. 41 between Big Bend Road and the Little Manatee River.
For the next six months, county officials will hold meetings to establish a plan to improve the road's appearance through the use of landscape, architecture and signs, said Jose Fernandez, the project's principal planner.
"It will be guided by the residents to reflect what the community wants," Fernandez said.
By improving the area's appearance, officials aim to promote community identity, enhance property values and promote economic development.
It's all part of the community planning efforts started years ago, said Fred Jacobsen, a director of the South Hillsborough Economic Development Council.
The decisions made now will create guidelines for future developers to give the area a unified look, Jacobsen said.
Residents will be able to have their say on what they want as well as what they don't want, he said.
The next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on June 30 at the South Shore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way in Ruskin.
Shelley Rossetter can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (813) 661-2442.
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