Commercial-Locational Criteria Study

Project Overview

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Planning Commission staff is in the process of updating the Commercial-Locational Criteria Policies, Objective 22, in the Future of Hillsborough: Comprehensive Plan for Unincorporated Hillsborough County. The purpose of this study is to provide an analysis of the current Commercial-Locational Criteria and analyze best practices resulting in updated policy for the Unincorporated Hillsborough Comprehensive Plan Future Land Use Element. This study will update the frameworks for allowing non-residential development in residential land use categories and balance the changing demands for retail and non-residential uses in residential areas based upon the continued need to prevent strip commercial along major roadways.


Scope of the Study

Phase 1

Study Kickoff

Began Fall 2021

Phase 2

Public Outreach

Fall 2021 – Winter 2021

Phase 3

Comprehensive Plan Policy Recommendations

Beginning of 2022

Public Engagement

Your perspective will greatly benefit the potential success of the Commercial-Locational Criteria project. Your input is important to the success of this study, please check out the opportunities below.

Provide your valuable input through an online survey  and community idea wall.

The first Community Meeting is scheduled for November 1st at 6 pm. This will be a virtual workshop. View the registration page.

Stakeholder interviews are ongoing through the end of October. We are requesting local stakeholders to attend a meeting to help us identify issues and opportunities related to the location of neighborhood-serving commercial uses in areas designated for residential use on the unincorporated Hillsborough County’s Future Land Use Map.

Click on the calendar events below to register.

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This website is the study’s official online hub for community input. Please consider taking a brief survey and posting on the community idea wall to help us understand your preferences regarding commercial services near your neighborhood. 

Please use the following link to the project web page for more information and to provide your valuable input: 


A: This study will update the existing outdated language of the Commercial-Locational Criteria policies to reflect the changed current commercial retail environment. The study also provides opportunities to ensure a more successful transition of intensity along intersections and corridors for residential and non-residential uses.

A: This study will encompass the Unincorporated portion of Hillsborough County.

A: This study will result in policy recommendations for the Future Land Use Element of the Future of Hillsborough: Comprehensive Plan for Unincorporated Hillsborough County. These recommendations will be presented to the Board of County Commissioners for consideration and potentially result in amendments to the Hillsborough County Comprehensive Plan. Any final policy changes are at the discretion of the Board of County Commissioners.

A: The study has a contract end date of no later than July 2022, with policy language anticipated by March 2022, after which Planning Commission staff will integrate the deliverables as appropriate into the Future Land Use Element update. Any final policy changes are at the discretion of the Board of County Commissioners.

A: Get updates on this project by signing up for email updates


Phase 1



Project Plans & Studies

Supporting Documents

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Past Presentations & Events

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Andrea Papandrew, Planning Commission

T: 813-665-1331


Melissa Lienhard, Planning Commission

T: 813-547-4364