Comprehensive Plan Policy Review

The Comprehensive Planning Policy and Review team consists of a group of professional planners who are responsible for the management, oversight and interpretation of the Comprehensive Plans in determining the findings of consistency for all four jurisdictions within Hillsborough County that include: Tampa, Temple Terrace, Plant City and Unincorporated Hillsborough County. The team’s responsibilities include the review of proposed amendments to the Comprehensive Plan, Future Land Use Map, Land Development Code, rezonings, special studies and other applicable consistency reviews related to the respective jurisdiction’s Comprehensive Plan.

Tony Garcia, AICP, Comprehensive Plan Policy Review team leader, with over 20 years experience, acting as a contributor as well as providing guidance and coordination to team members on numerous development projects and plans within the County’s jurisdictions; providing counseling to private and public sector interests, elected officals and local and regional organizations on a variety of land-use related topics ranging from zoning and neighborhood planning to transportation and economic development, 813/273-3774 x332

Mark Hudson, Executive Planner, AICP – with over 30 years of experience, Mr. Hudson is the agency’s designated liaison to the City Temple Terrace and the City of Plant City.  A couple of his major accomplishments in this role were to manage 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

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

David A. Hey, Principal 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

Randy Kranjec, Principal Planner, AICP – A veteran planner with over 30 years of planning experience,  Mr. Kranjec is the lead planner in the review of rezoning requests and proposed amendments to the land development regulations for Unincorporated Hillsborough County. Mr. Kranjec regularly represents the Planning Commission at public hearings before the County Zoning Hearing Master or Board of County Commissioners.   (Primary Jurisdiction; Unincorporated Hillsborough County), 813/273-3774 x359

Melissa Lienhard, Principal Planner, AICP – Ms. Lienhard is a seasoned planner whose principal duties include the review of rezonings and minor modifications for Unincorporated Hillsborough County, as well as rezonings for the City of Tampa. Ms. Leinhard, who admirably represents the Planning Commission at jurisdictional public hearings before Tampa City Council and the Board of County Commissioners, also reviews Comprehensive Plan map and text amendments for both jurisdictions. (Primary jurisdictions; Unincorporated County, City of Tampa), 813/273-3774 x364

Sam Dennis, Senior Planner, AICP – Mr. Dennis is a 30 year veteran planner whose primary responsibilities include the review, analysis and preparation of reports on comprehensive planning; land-use amendments, rezonings and special-use cases for the City of Tampa. Mr. Dennis represents the agency at pre-applications meetings at the City 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), Senior Planner, 813/273-3774 x365

Yeneka Mills, Senior Planner –Ms. Mills is an established planner whose primary duties include: the review and evaluation of Unincorporated Hillsborough County rezonings, vacatings, and plan amendment map and text amendments. Ms. Mills capably represents the agency before the Board of County Commissioners and at Zoning Hearing Master hearings. (Primary Jurisdiction; Unincorporated Hillsborough County), 813/273-3774 x373

Jennifer Malone, Senior Planner, AICP –  Ms. Malone is recent addition to the Planning Commission, who brings a solid and capable planning background that will complement the Plan Review Team.  Ms. Malone will exclusively focus on the review and analysis of rezonings and Plan Amendments in the City of Tampa and continue to expand in that role, 813/273-3774 x324

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

BP Henry Community Planner I – Mr. Henry’s primary duties include: assisting in the administration of the Unincorporated County Comprehensive Plan Amendment process from initial submittal through to final adoption; oversight on  plan amendment noticing requirements for all jurisdictions; oversight and maintenance of the Plan Amendment database; research and analysis on various special projects, as needed; special mapping requests related to special projects, plan amendments and rezonings for the county. (Primary Jurisdiction; Unincorporated County), 813/273-3774 x371

In addition to their primary duties, the Comprehensive Plan Policy Review Team 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
  • Prepares and make presentations before the Planning Commission, elected jurisdictional bodies and other organizations, as needed