Strategic Planning Initiatives

The Strategic Planning Initiatives team works to create and develop long-range innovative planning initiatives to enhance the quality of life for all the citizens of Hillsborough County. The team will work in areas that include public information and outreach, policy initiatives (infill, redevelopment and transitional areas, study of potential expansion of the Urban Service Area, mixed use development and corridors, climate adaption strategies, land use and transportation coordination, health and comprehensive planning and community planning), enhanced research capabilities and succession planning.

Stephen B. Griffin, AICP, Strategic Planning Initiatives team leader, Leads the team with over thirty years of experience in land use and comprehensive planning to provide specific directives to pursue innovation in planning policy and implementation, 813/273-3774 x353

Tony LaColla, AICP, Principal Planner, 17 years experience in land use planning, public participation management, economic development, and eco-tourism planning. Tony serves as the Planning Commission Liaison to the City of Temple Terrace guiding all aspects of amending and updating the City’s Comprehensive Plan, reviewing rezoning applications, and coordinating special planning projects. He also coordinates the Planning Commission’s public notice advertising, manages its special studies, and carries out historic preservation reviews, 813/273-3774 x332

Lynn Merenda, Public Engagement & Communications Specialist, A people person; sincere listener; multi-media storyteller; creativity engineer; event planner; social media devotee; media relations and avid proponent of meaningful public participation, 813/273-3774 x342

Pedro P. Parra, Principal Planner, since 1987 has worked in the preparation, coordination, and production of studies and reports of land use, rezoning, findings of consistency and amendments related to the Future of Hillsborough County Comprehensive plan.  He has managed the development and adoption of six (6) community plans in Hillsborough County. 813/273-3774 x356

Jay Collins, AICP, Senior Planner, Serves as a comprehensive land use and transportation planner for Hillsborough County and its three municipalities, 813/273-3774 x335

Will Augustine, Senior Planner, Serves as a comprehensive land use planner utilizing research and data collection skills on special projects for Hillsborough County and its three municipalities, 813/273-3774 x315