Environmental, Research & Infrastructure

The Environmental, Research & Infrastructure team develops and maintains the environmental and infrastructure elements of the Comprehensive Plans of all four jurisdictions in Hillsborough County. This includes the following elements: Conservation and Aquifer Recharge, Coastal Management, Potable Water, Sanitary Sewerage, Stormwater Management, Solid Waste and Capital Improvements.

In addition, relevant components of the Future Land Use Element affected by the environmental or infrastructure issues are also included. Pursuant to the activities described above, the team reviews all items requiring a consistency determination with each of these plan elements, such as, Tampa Port Authority permits, other environmental reviews, Long Range and Master Plans, and amendments to the projects of the four Capital Improvements Elements. This team is also responsible for the Planning Commission’s Fiscal Analysis Program.

The team produces demographic and economic data that underlie the four comprehensive plans for Hillsborough County’s four jurisdictions and the Metropolitan Planning Organization’s Long Range Transportation Plans.

The data is produced in raw form for use within the agency’s various projection models, and it is also produced in printed publications for use by the public. Within the area of economic data, the group provides assistance, as requested, to communities and other organizations in Hillsborough County. This support ranges from the provision of data, to the conduct of surveys, to the analyzing of trends.

Shawn College, AICP, Environmental, Research & Infrastructure Team Leader, Responsible for environmental planning, serves as Executive Director of the Hillsborough River Board, and supervises infrastructure planning, demographics and research, 813/273-3774 x367 colleges@plancom.org

Terry Eagan, Project Manager II, A professional librarian who maintains the Planning Commission’s extensive archive of print and historical resources. Additionally, he tracks quarterly building permits and prepares demographic and socioeconomic analyses and annual population estimates, 813/273-3774 x349 eagant@plancom.org

Tatiana Gonzalez, CNU, Senior Planner, Responsible for preparation of quarterly and annual building permits reports. Prepares demographic, socioeconomic, and policy analyses, 813/273-3774 x320 gonzalezt@plancom.org.

Melissa Dickens, AICP, Senior Planner, Responsible for infrastructure, utilities and capital improvements planning, 813/273-3774 x355 dickensm@plancom.org.