Environmental and Sustainability Section

Project Overview and Scope

The Environmental and Sustainability Section serves to update the Conservation and Aquifer Recharge Element (CARE) of the Unincorporated Hillsborough County Comprehensive Plan.  The Environmental and Sustainability Section provides a framework for the conservation, use, and protection of natural resources, wetlands, lakes, soil conservation, Cockroach Bay Aquatic Preserve, Hillsborough River, and alternative energy.

The purpose of the Environmental and Sustainability Section is to provide a plan and policy direction for the preservation, conservation, and management of the natural resources of Hillsborough County.  The Environmental and Sustainability Section’s role is to maintain or improve the County’s environmental and natural resources and its citizens’ quality of life in anticipation of the region’s population growth.  

The language was developed via a cooperative effort with staff from across Hillsborough County government, and incorporates feedback from stakeholders including the Environmental Protection Commission.

Phase 1

Development of draft language

Collaborative development process with County professionals, stakeholders including EPC

Began Fall 2019

Phase 2

Public and stakeholder review and comment

Planning Commission Briefing –   8 March 2021 – See Upcoming Events Below

BOCC LDC & CPA Workshop  (Hybrid) – 9 March 2021

Public stakeholder comment period ends 25 March 2021

Phase 3

Recommendation and transmittal

Planning Commission Public Hearing – 12 April 2021 – See Upcoming Events Below

Board of County Commissioners Public Transmittal Hearing (Hybrid) – 22 April 2021


Phase 4

Amendment adoption

Public Engagement

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