Housing Section

Unincorporated HC Housing

Project Overview

The Housing Section updates what is currently adopted as the Housing Element of the Unincorporated Hillsborough County Comprehensive Plan. The Housing Section sets a framework for the County’s approach to housing by establishing various goals, objectives, and policies (GOPs) within the Future of Hillsborough: Comprehensive Plan for Unincorporated Hillsborough County (the Comprehensive Plan). Updating this portion of the Comprehensive Plan will streamline and modernize policies to best reflect the state of housing in Hillsborough County today. Topics addressed within the Housing Section update include housing supply, equal access, development incentives, finance strategies, and sustainable and innovative housing.

This update was transmitted by the Board of County Commissioners for State review on August 11, 2022. The adoption hearing for the update was on October 13, 2022. The updated policies of the Housing Section were adopted with changes at this meeting and transmitted to Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity for final review on October 24, 2022. The update becomes effective 31 days after the changes are accepted by DEO.

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Phase 1

Existing Plan Review

2019 – 2020

Phase 2

Policy Refinement 

Spring 2020 – Spring 2021

Phase 3

Affordable Housing Density Bonus Study

Spring 2021 – Spring 2022

Phase 4

Report Finalization; State and Regional Agency Review

Spring 2022 – Winter 2022


A: A Comprehensive Plan establishes a community’s  policies and priorities regarding future development while aiming to preserve the area’s environmental features and community character. The purpose of a Comprehensive Plan is to outline a long-term community vision for the future. A Comprehensive Plan acts as the guide by which a community’s development and preservation decisions are made, covering a wide range of topics, such as: land use, mobility, and public services, all intended to improve the quality of life for the community. By state law, every city and county in Florida must adopt a comprehensive plan.

By law, in Hillsborough County the City-County Planning Commission is responsible for developing the Comprehensive Plans for the County and its three cities.  The Planning Commission maintains and updates the County’s Comprehensive Plan, recommending any amendments to the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), who has the final say about whether to adopt them.

The Comprehensive Plan sets out a vision covering the next 20+ years. We are updating it to a time horizon of the year 2045.

A: Because the Plan was last updated in 2008 and we are close to reaching its time horizon of 2025.  Our needs have changed due to significant population and job growth, changing demographics, new infrastructure coming online, and emerging technology.


By 2045, which is our new time horizon, Hillsborough County is forecast to reach a population of 1.9 million, or an increase of 28 percent over 2021. Jobs are also expected to grow by 40 percent to over 1.2 million. The Comprehensive Plan determines where and what type of growth (i.e., future land use) will occur. Decisions to expand or improve infrastructure such as water, sewer, and transportation are based on this. Zoning decisions and subdivision plans approved by the BOCC must be consistent with the Plan.

A: The Housing Section is not a regulatory document; rather, it provides overarching goals and direction. The Housing Section sets a framework for the County’s approach to housing related issues by establishing various goals, objectives, and policies (GOPs). These GOPs provide the foundation for other regulatory documents to enforce the direction set forth in the Element. Topics addressed within the Element include housing supply and access,  development incentives, finance strategies, and sustainable and innovative housing.

A: The Housing Section update is anticipated to conclude in Fall 2022 after public hearings are conducted with the Board of County Commissioners.

Future Steps

  1. Ongoing policy refinement
  2. Planning Commission and Board of County Commissioner Briefings
  3. Planning Commission Public Hearing and Board of County Commissioners Transmittal Hearing
  4. State and Regional Agency Review
  5. Adoption Hearing


State and Regional Agency Review



Alvaro Gabaldon

Planner II



Jay Collins, AICP


Jay Collins

Special Area Studies Manager