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The process includes traffic impact models using future land use data contained in the Comprehensive Plans of Sumter County and its five cities municipalities. Sumter County is the lead government entity for the review of traffic impacts from development and responsible for all regionally significant roadways in the long-range transportation planning process.
In the lead role, Sumter County adopted in 2005, the needed road capacity improvements by the year 2020. These road capacity improvements were formalized in the 2020 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). 90% of all of the roads capacity projects identified in the 2020 LRTP were completed or in the process of completion as of today.
“This high rate (90%) of successful implementation of the 2020 Long Range Transportation Plan is rare in the State of Florida and a compliment to the focus of the Board of County Commissioners and its staff” stated Chairman Steve Printz.
Sumter County changed significantly since 2005. It was already changing rapidly with the boom of The Villages® development as Sumter County’s major contributor for population and traffic generation. In 2005, the estimated population for 2004 was 70,000 and growth projections showed a population of 155,000 in 2020. The 2020 population is now estimated at 132,000 but will be verified by the 2020 Census. The Recession slowed the economy and population growth.
In addition to these capacity projects detailed in the 2020 LRTP, there were another twenty (20) road capacity improvement projects completed or in the process of completion that were not incorporated in the original 2020 LRTP.
A full listing of the road network improvements listed in the 2020 LRTP and those additional capacity improvements are separately attached.
Sumter County and the Lake Sumter Metropolitan Organization are working on the update to the next LRTP to sustain and promote more diverse and quality development. This update will include the pre-planning activities found in Sumter County’s Regional Road Agreement adopted in 2018 to continue to spur continued robust, diverse, and quality development in Sumter County.