Environmental & Sustainability section update kicks off with public engagement

bird nest on riverFebruary 2021 – The Environmental and Sustainability Section, a component of the overall Unincorporated Hillsborough County Comprehensive Plan update, is moving forward as part of the January cycle of plan amendments. The Environmental and Sustainability Section serves to update the Conservation and Aquifer Recharge Element of the Comprehensive Plan. The Section will continue to provide a framework for the conservation, use, and protection of natural resources, wetlands, lakes, soil conservation, Cockroach Bay Aquatic Preserve, rivers, and alternative energy. Existing natural resources maps within the Comprehensive Plan are also being updated as part of this process.

The update is a collaboration between the Planning Commission and stakeholders from the Environmental and Sustainability Working Group, composed of staff from the Environmental Management Division, Development Services Department, Conservation & Environmental Lands Management Department, Facilities Management Services Department, and the Hillsborough County Environmental Protection Commission.

The public is invited to provide feedback and comments on the draft language, which can be viewed on the Environmental and Sustainability project page.  A Virtual Public Meeting on the proposed update is scheduled for Tuesday, February 23 at 6 pm. The public will have an opportunity to comment and ask questions in a virtual format.

The public is also encouraged to submit questions and comments in advance through the submission form on the project page.

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