At the direction of the Board of County Commission, the Planning Commission staff, the Development Services Department and the County Attorney’s Office were directed to coordinate and prepare an amendment to the Future Land Use Element of the Comprehensive Plan and the Land Development Code, for the purpose of eliminating the Environmentally Sensitive Land Credit (the “wetland density credit”) within the Rural Area as outlined in Policy 13.3 of the Future Land Use Element.
This amendment will only affect parcels within the Rural Area of Unincorporated Hillsborough County, decreasing the potential amount of permitted units that can be considered on parcels that have wetlands.
This policy change was recommended by the County’s consultant as an avenue to protect sensitive rural and environmental lands and to strengthen the County’s Transfer of Development Rights program. Currently there are two communities within Unincorporated Hillsborough County that do not permit the use of the Environmentally Sensitive Lands Credit, Ruskin and Keystone Odessa.
March 8, 2021
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December 9, 2021
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