Comprehensive Plan Policy Review

The Comprehensive Plan Policy and Review Division consists of a skilled group of professional planners responsible for the management, oversight and interpretation of the Comprehensive Plans for the four jurisdictions within Hillsborough County: Tampa, Temple Terrace, Plant City and Unincorporated Hillsborough County.

The Division’s responsibilities include: the review and analysis by staff in making a determination or finding of consistency with the Comprehensive Plan, as it relates to proposed changes to the adopted Plan text or Future Land Use Map of the respective jurisdiction;

Cursory review of land-use-related text changes to the Land Development Code, rezonings, special studies and other applicable consistency reviews related to the respective jurisdiction’s Comprehensive Plan and the presentation of those findings to the elected bodies of each jurisdiction for their consideration;

Interfacing with the planning staff of the local client governments, in addition to collaborating with external local, regional and state review agencies on Comprehensive Plan-related issues.

Tony Garcia, Division Director, AICP –  with over 25 years experience, Mr. Garcia oversees and coordinates Division staff members on numerous development projects proposed within the County’s jurisdictions, including the update of the comprehensive plans for Tampa, Plant City and Temple Terrace; providing counseling to private and public sector interests, elected officials and local and regional organizations on a variety of land-use related topics ranging from long range planning and neighborhood planning to transit-oriented and economic development, 813/273-3774 x332 garciat@plancom.org

Mark Hudson, Executive Planner, AICP – with over 30 years of experience, Mr. Hudson is the agency’s designated liaison to the Cities of Temple Terrace and Plant City.  Some of his major accomplishments during his tenure at the Commission have included: managing the development of the Northeast Plant City Area Master Plan, as well as the latest update of the Comprehensive Plan for the City of Plant City, 813/273-3774 x338 hudsonm@plancom.org

David A. Hey, Executive Planner, AICP – Mr. Hey is the agency’s designated liaison to the City of Tampa and also serves as lead planner for the Tampa rezoning review group. Mr. Hey also reviews proposed land development code amendments and plan amendment requests. Mr. Hey also represents the Planning Commission at all Tampa City Council rezoning public hearings and is a Planning Commission appointee to the Livable Roadways Committee (primary jurisdictions; City of Tampa, Unincorporated Hillsborough County), 813/273-3774 x375 heyd@plancom.org

Melissa Lienhard, Principal Planner, AICP – Ms. Lienhard is the agency’s designated liaison to Unincorporated Hillsborough County and also serves as lead planner for the rezoning group, which is tasked with providing consistency findings on rezonings and minor modifications for Unincorporated Hillsborough County. Ms. Lienhard also represents the Planning Commission at the County zoning hearing master public hearings, in addition to land use public hearings before the Board of County Commissioners. Ms. Lienhard also reviews Comprehensive Plan map and text amendments. (Primary jurisdiction; Unincorporated County), 813/273-3774 x364 lienhardm@plancom.org

Krista Kelly, Executive Planner, AICP – Ms. Kelly’s principal role is serving as the Plan Amendment Coordinator for Unincorporated Hillsborough County and principal reviewer for plan amendments in the unincorporated county. She also has other key roles in the Unincorporated County Plan Update; DRI Consistency Reviews; general oversight of the Consolidated Plan Amendment Procedures Manual; oversight for the Unincorporated Hillsborough County’s website updates; Liaison to the School Board and Liaison to the Agricultural Economic Development Council. (Primary Jurisdiction; Unincorporated County), 813/273-3774 x328 kellyk@plancom.org

Yeneka Mills, Senior Planner –Ms. Mills is an established planner whose primary duties include: the review and analysis of rezonings, in addition to making Plan consistency determinations on proposed plan amendment map and text amendments for Unincorporated Hillsborough County. Ms. Mills capably represents the Planning Commission before the Board of County Commissioners and Zoning Hearing Master public hearings. (Primary Jurisdiction; Unincorporated Hillsborough County), 813/273-3774 x373 millsy@plancom.org

Jennifer Malone, Senior Planner, AICP –  Ms. Malone provides a solid and capable planning background, working exclusively on City of Tampa rezonings and plan amendments.  Ms. Malone develops reports and provides consistency findings before the Planning Commission and Tampa City Council. Ms. Malone also has the role of Tampa Plan Amendment coordinator. (Primary Jurisdiction: City of Tampa) 813/273-3774 x324 malonej@plancom.org

Randy Kranjec, Principal Planner, AICP – A veteran planner with over 30 years of planning experience,  Mr. Kranjec’s primary responsibilities include the review of rezoning and plan amendment requests and proposed amendments to the land development regulations for Unincorporated Hillsborough County. Mr. Kranjec regularly makes presentations at public hearings before the Planning Commission and the Board of County Commissioners.   (Primary Jurisdiction; Unincorporated Hillsborough County), 813/273-3774 x359 kranjecr@plancom.org

Sam Dennis, Senior Planner, AICP – Mr. Dennis is a 30 year veteran planner whose primary responsibilities include the review, analysis and preparation of reports in making findings of consistency determinations related to: amendments to the Future Land Use Map, rezonings and special-use cases for the City of Tampa. Mr. Dennis represents the attends pre-application meetings with City of Tampa planning staff and also assists in other planning activities in support of the Hillsborough County City/County Planning Commission’s mandated responsibilities. (Primary Jurisdiction: City of Tampa) 813/273-3774 x365 denniss@plancom.org

Will Augustine, Senior Planner – Mr. Augustine serves as a comprehensive land use planner, who uses his research and data collection skills primarily for the review of vacatings, plan amendments and special projects within the jurisdiction of Unincorporated Hillsborough County. Mr. Augustine also coordinates the public noticing for plan amendments in Unincorporated Hillsborough County. (Primary Jurisdiction; Unincorporated Hillsborough County) 813/273-3774 x315 augustinew@plancom.org

Kierra Zuokemefa, Community Planner I – Ms. Zuokemefa is the most recent addition to the Comprehensive Plan Policy and Review Division, honing her skills primarily as a reviewer and researcher on plan amendments and rezonings within Unincorporated Hillsborough County. Ms. Zuokemefa brings a great attitude along with her knowledge in urban and regional planning to serve the needs of the Commission and the citizens of Hillsborough County.(Primary Jurisdiction; Unincorporated Hillsborough County) 813/273-3774 x383  kierraz@plancom.org

Beverly Daniels Senior Planning and Zoning Tech – Ms. Daniels’ primary duties include: maintenance of  plan amendment and rezoning logs, processing purchase order requisitions (POR) for advertisement, research and review of background information for comprehensive plan updates; assist in updating changes to Tampa Comprehensive Plan due to changes brought on by plan amendment or law; research and review of land uses and rezonings for the purpose of producing accurate rezoning and plan amendment maps to be used by planners before governing bodies (Tampa City Council, Planning Boards); coordinate billing for all City of Tampa plan amendment and rezoning application fees and advertising costs.  813/273-3774 x372 danielsb@plancom.org

Diego Guerra, Planning and GIS Technician – Mr. Guerra is a new addition to the Comprehensive Plan Policy and Review Division, whose primary duties include the maintenance/update of plan amendment and rezoning logs; coordination of plan amendment noticing for the three municipalities (Tampa, Plant City and Temple Terrace).  Diego technical skills are used in fulfilling geospatial mapping requirements for the commission. 813/273-3774 x384 guerrad@plancom.org

In addition to their primary duties, the Comprehensive Plan Policy Review Division also:

  • Provides general land use counseling and information to citizens, government bodies, land use professionals and other agencies as it relates to the Jurisdictional Comprehensive Plan
  • Conducts field visits and evaluations for land use proposals
  • Participates in publicly advertised community/neighborhood meetings, when needed
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