Clarification on recent Planning Commission Action

Tampa, FL. As covered by recent news stories:

At a Public Hearing held on Monday, May 14, 2018, the Planning Commission considered an amendment to the Imagine 2040: City of Tampa Comprehensive Plan. A proposed future land use amendment to North Rocky Point Basin, TA/CPA 17-10, was presented by Principal Planner David Hey, AICP. Following the staff report and public comment, the Planning Commissioners were tasked to determine if this amendment was CONSISTENT or INCONSISTENT with the Tampa Comprehensive Plan. The Planning Commission’s recommendation was on giving the privately-owned property, that had existing zoning rights in the City, a corresponding land use category. Their finding of consistency with the plan is forwarded to Tampa City Council, who will consider approval of this plan amendment at a Public Hearing currently scheduled for June 28, 2018.

Please note: The Planning Commission did not approve filling in any water body. That is not within their purview. Should the plan amendment be approved by Tampa City Council, there will then be an extensive fill permitting process overseen by various environmental permitting agencies including the Tampa Port Authority and the Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County.

The Hillsborough County City-County Planning Commission is the official land planning agency for all local governments in Hillsborough County. The Planning Commission was created as a joint, regional, city-county agency by a special act of the 1959 Florida Legislature to provide coordinated, long-range planning throughout Hillsborough County and the cities of Tampa, Temple Terrace, and Plant City.

State law requires every city and county adopt a comprehensive plan; and land development and zoning regulations must be consistent with their respective adopted plan. As the local planning agency, the Planning Commission develops the comprehensive plans for each jurisdiction and reviews and makes recommendations to each local government on whether proposed amendments are consistent with the goals, objectives, and policies in the plan. The overall goal is to ensure the quality of life for Hillsborough County residents is enhanced even as more people come to live and work here.