Suncoast Connector

Saving Special Places • Building Better Communities

Jefferson to Citrus County

UPCOMING SUNCOAST M-CORES EVENTS:

Visit FDOT’s M-CORES Northern Turnpike Page for more information on meetings, and 1000 Friends’ M-CORES page for links to resources including citizen primers, maps and webinar broadcasts.


Part of the M-CORES project, the Suncoast Connector is planned to extend 150 miles from Jefferson to Citrus County with the planning process impacting eight predominantly rural counties: Citrus, Dixie, Gilchrist, Jefferson, Lafayette, Levy and Taylor. Florida Department of Transportation District 2 Secretary Greg Evans is chairing the task force with Jason Peters serving as co-chair.

Also involved in the planning process are representatives of the Tampa Bay, North Central and Apalachee Regional Planning Councils (RPCs), the Northwest Florida, Suwannee River and Southwest Florida Water Management Districts (WMDs), the Hernando/Citrus and Capital Regional Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), representatives of the counties and some municipalities and others. Former Policy and Planning Director Thomas Hawkins represents 1000 Friends of Florida on the Task Force.  More information on each of these entities is included below.

Under the provisions of SB 7068, by August 1, 2019 a task force will be established for all corridors, including the Suncoast Connector. In addition to general task force responsibilities outlined in SB 7068, the legislation also specifies that the Suncoast Connector Corridor Task Force shall also:

“…evaluate design features and the need for acquisition of state conservation lands that mitigate the impacts of project construction within the respective corridors on:

• The water quality and quantity of springs, rivers, and aquifer recharge areas;

• Agricultural land uses;

• Wildlife habitat.”

Suncoast Connector Map
M-CORES Map

ALSO SEE 1000 FRIENDS’ M-CORES NATURAL RESOURCES MAPS:

Includes series of Suncoast Resource Maps

Corridor Planning Entities

Visit FDOT’s Suncoast page for list of current Task Force Members

FDOT District Offices:
Task Force Chair: Northeast Florida District 2 Secretary Greg Evans, 386-961-7800

Main Office: 1109 South Marion Avenue, Lake City, Florida 32025-5874, (800) 749-2967

Task Force Co-Chair: Northwest Florida District 3 Secretary Phillip Gainer, 850-330-1200

Main Office: 1074 Highway 90, Chipley, Florida 32428-0607, (888) 638-0250

Metropolitan Planning Organizations (Due to the rural nature of these counties, many do not have MPOs):

Capital Region TPA (Jefferson County)

Hernando-Citrus MPO

Local Government Comprehensive Plans for Impacted Counties:
Citrus County Comprehensive Plan

Dixie County Comprehensive Plan (2011)

Gilchrist County Comprehensive Plan (2013) — No longer available online

Jefferson County Comprehensive Plan, Future Land Use Map, Land Development Code (2015)

Lafayette County Comprehensive Plan — Not available online

Levy County Comprehensive Plan — Not available online

Levy County Springs Protection Element, Springs Protection Zone Map

Madison 2035 Comprehensive Plan

Taylor County Comprehensive Plan, FLUM, Transportation and Conservation Maps, Data and Analysis,

Regional Planning Councils (RPCs):

Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council (Citrus County)

North Central Florida Regional Planning Council (Dixie, Gilchrist, Lafayette, Levy, & Taylor Counties)

Apalachee Regional Planning Council (Jefferson County)

Water Management Districts:

Northwest Florida Water Management District (western half of Jefferson County)

Suwannee River Water Management District (Dixie, Gilchrist, Lafayette, Taylor, Union and portions of Jefferson & Levy Counties)

Southwest Florida Water Management District (Citrus and part of Levy County)