Meet Your Planning Commissioners

The Planning Commission, the official local planning agency for all jurisdictions in Hillsborough County, provides consolidated planning services and makes independent recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners, Plant City Commission, Tampa City Council, Temple Terrace City Council and other agencies regarding smart growth and development of Hillsborough County.

Led by ten citizen appointees from all four jurisdictions and two ex officio members representing MacDill Air Force Base and the Hillsborough County Public School District, the Planning Commission provides innovative leadership and long range vision that contributes to the creation of a thriving, prosperous community that offers opportunity, fairness, and choice in how we live, move, learn, work, and play.

View the Guiding Principles of the Planning Commission.

Derek L. Doughty, Chair - Mr. Doughty has focused on the development of hydrologic and hydraulic modeling of stormwater conveyance systems and management facilities with extensive experience in Watershed Management, Master Planning, Land Engineering and Planning, Roadway Design, and Commercial and Residential Development engineering. A resident of Hillsborough County for 47 years, he is a Senior Associate for Johnson, Mirmiran &...
Jacqueline S. Wilds, Vice Chair - A resident of Tampa for more than 38 years, Ms. Wilds holds a Masters of Administration from the Universityof Tampa and retired as a school teacher and department chair after 37 years of experience. An avid community volunteer, she has held numerous offices in community organization and has served as President of the Hillsborough County...
Matthew Buzza, Member-at-large - A resident of Hillsborough County for more than 20 years, Mr. Buzza has more than 20 years commercial banking experience. He brings 12 years of direct experience having served on the Plant City Planning & Zoning Board, the last two years as its Chairman. Currently a Senior Vice President at Platinum Bank, he graduated from...
John Dicks - John Dicks is an attorney and businessman who has dedicated many years and much energy to public service. He served for three terms as Mayor of his hometown of Plant City, including nine years as City Commissioner. John’s long history of civic involvement and public service began in 1994 when he was appointed by the...
Christopher Farkas (Ex-Officio) - Mr. Farkas is the Chief Facilities Officer for Hillsborough County Public Schools. He supervises the Construction, Planning, Real Estate, Maintenance and Transportation departments for the eighth largest school district in the country. Appointed by: Hillsborough County Public Schools
Theodore Trent Green - Theodore Trent Green brings 25 years of experience in architecture and urban design as well as extensive community involvement in planning and development to the Planning Commission. A 20-year resident of Temple Terrace, Commissioner Green is a Professor at the University of South Florida’s School of Architecture and Community Design. He has also served as...
Nigel M. Joseph - A resident of Hillsborough County since 1990, Mr. Joseph has a Bachelor of Design Architecture from the University of Florida, a Master of Architecture with Distinction from Lawrence Technological University, and is a current Ph.D. student at the University of South Florida. With professional experience in both architecture and planning services, he plans to apply...
Karen Kress, AICP - Karen Kress serves as the Director of Transportation and Planning at the Tampa Downtown Partnership. A true advocate for transit and transportation, Ms. Kress leads the Partnership’s Transportation and Urban Design Committees and its Parking Task Force. She is an avid biker, a champion for safe walking and bicycling, and has actively volunteered for the...
Michael Maurino - Michael Maurino advocates for policies that benefit children and families in his role as Director of Public Policy for United Way Suncoast. A graduate of the University of Florida with a B.A. in Political Science and a B.S. in Telecommunications-News, Mr. Maurino has previous experience as a legislative aide and as an advocate for Tampa’s...
Tony Rodriguez, AICP (Ex-Officio) - Mr. Rodriguez is Base Community Planner. He brings with him more than 25 years of public and private sector experience in policy, management, planning, and engineering. Mr. Rodriguez previously represented MacDill as an Ex-Officio Planning Commissioner from 2005 – 2007. Appointed by: MacDill AFB Appointed by: MacDill AFB  
Mitch Thrower - A fifth generation Hillsborough County resident, Mr. Thrower is currently the Deputy Director of Administration at the Hillsborough County Aviation Authority. He has served as Chairman of both the Hillsborough County Charter Review Board and the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners Citizens Advisory Committee, and President of the Pine Hollow Special Dependent District. An...
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