One Water


Project Overview

One Water serves to update, modernize and combine the previously separate Stormwater Management, Potable Water and Sanitary Sewerage Elements of the Unincorporated Hillsborough County Comprehensive Plan to reflect the interrelated nature of water. The update will replace these Elements in the Comprehensive Plan, incorporate water resources-related language from other Elements, and provide a framework for new County initiatives such as green infrastructure and coordinated water resources planning.

The language was developed via a collaborative effort with staff from various water resources disciplines across Hillsborough County, and incorporates feedback provided by the Southwest Florida Water Management District, the Environmental Protection Commission and Tampa Bay Water. The Planning Commission is especially grateful for the partnership with the One Water Working Group project team, which represents staff from across the County: The Water Resources Department, Environmental Management Division, Development Services Department and Engineering and Operations Department.

Supporting documents, presentations, and maps can be found at the bottom of this page under the Documents section.

The One Water Chapter was unanimously transmitted by the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) at the virtual Public Hearing on Thursday, August 27. This is the first phase of the major update to the Unincorporated Hillsborough County Comprehensive Plan.

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Scope of the Initiative

Phase 1

Development of draft language

Collaborative development process with County water resources professionals and review by area agencies

Began Summer 2019

Phase 2

Public and stakeholder review and comment

Planning Commission and Board of County Commissioners briefings

May-July 2020

Phase 3

Recommendation and transmittal

Planning Commission recommendation

Board of County Commissioners transmittal

August 2020

Phase 4

Amendment adoption

Expected October 2020

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