Comprehensive Plan Policy Review

The Comprehensive Plan Policy and Review Division consists of a skilled group of professional planners responsible for the management, oversight and interpretation of the Comprehensive Plans for the four jurisdictions within Hillsborough County: Tampa, Temple Terrace, Plant City and Unincorporated Hillsborough County.

The Division’s responsibilities include: the review and analysis by staff in making a determination or finding of consistency with the Comprehensive Plan, as it relates to proposed changes to the adopted Plan text or Future Land Use Map of the respective jurisdiction;

Cursory review of land-use-related text changes to the Land Development Code, rezonings, special studies and other applicable consistency reviews related to the respective jurisdiction’s Comprehensive Plan and the presentation of those findings to the elected bodies of each jurisdiction for their consideration;

Interfacing with the planning staff of the local client governments, in addition to collaborating with external local, regional and state review agencies on Comprehensive Plan-related issues.

Tony Garcia, AICP, Division Director, With over 25 years experience, Mr. Garcia oversees and coordinates Division staff members on numerous development projects proposed within the County’s jurisdictions, including the update of the comprehensive plans for Tampa, Plant City and Temple Terrace; providing counseling to private and public sector interests, elected officials and local and regional organizations on a variety of land-use related topics ranging from long range planning and neighborhood planning to transit-oriented and economic development, 813/756-0332

Mark Hudson, AICP, Executive Planner, With over 30 years of experience, Mr. Hudson is the agency’s designated liaison to the Cities of Temple Terrace and Plant City.  Some of his major accomplishments during his tenure at the Commission have included: managing the development of the Northeast Plant City Area Master Plan, as well as the latest update of the Comprehensive Plan for the City of Plant City, 813/582-7338

David A. Hey, AICP, Executive Planner,  Mr. Hey is the agency’s designated liaison to the City of Tampa and also serves as lead planner for the Tampa rezoning review group. Mr. Hey also reviews proposed land development code amendments and plan amendment requests. Mr. Hey also represents the Planning Commission at all Tampa City Council rezoning public hearings and is a Planning Commission appointee to the Livable Roadways Committee (primary jurisdictions; City of Tampa, Unincorporated Hillsborough County), 813/582-7375

Melissa Lienhard, AICP, Executive Planner, Ms. Lienhard is the agency’s designated liaison to Unincorporated Hillsborough County and also serves as lead planner for the rezoning group, which is tasked with providing consistency findings on rezonings and minor modifications for Unincorporated Hillsborough County. Ms. Lienhard also represents the Planning Commission at the County zoning hearing master public hearings, in addition to land use public hearings before the Board of County Commissioners. Ms. Lienhard also reviews Comprehensive Plan map and text amendments. (Primary jurisdiction; Unincorporated County), 813/547-4364

Krista Kelly, AICP, Plan Amendment Coordinator, Reviews, provides recommendations regarding Plan Amendments primarily for the cities of Plant City and Temple Terrace and presents staff findings at public hearings.  Responsibilities includes counseling  Plan Amendment applicants, reviewing amendment requests, analyzing policies and preparing/presenting recommendations at public hearings, 813/803-9328

Yeneka Mills, Plan Amendment Coordinator, Manages the Plan Amendment process for Unincorporated Hillsborough County. Her additional responsibilities include the review and analysis of rezoning’s, plan consistency determinations on proposed map and text amendments and Land Development Code Amendments for Unincorporated Hillsborough County. (Primary Jurisdiction; Unincorporated Hillsborough County), 813/547-4373

Jennifer Malone, AICP,  Plan Amendment Coordinator, As a Principal Planner and the Plan Amendment Coordinator for the City of Tampa, Ms. Malone schedules, organizes, and transmits upcoming plan amendments to the City of Tampa. In addition to her Plan Amendment Coordinator duties, Ms. Malone also provides consistency findings for rezoning requests and represents the Planning Commission at Tampa City Council public hearings and Development Review Committee meetings. Ms. Malone is also a project manager for the Housing Element update of the unincorporated Hillsborough County Comprehensive Plan. 813/582-7324

Danny Collins, Senior Planner, Mr. Collins primary duties include the analysis and development of rezoning and Plan Amendment reports for the City of Tampa and presenting those findings before the Planning Commission Board and Tampa City Council. Mr. Collins also represents the Planning Commission in his collaborations with City of Tampa staff at development review meetings. (Primary Jurisdiction: City of Tampa) 813/582-7374

Jerid McAdoo, Planning and GIS Tech, Mr. McAdoo’s primary duties include all mapping for the municipalities of Tampa, Plant City and Temple Terrace. Mr. McAdoo is also responsible for All Plan Amendment intake and public noticing requirements and legal advertisements for the Cities’ and Planning Commission public hearings, as well as the maintenance of the Cities’ Plan Amendment database.  813/582-7376

Albert Marrero, Planning Support Specialist, Mr. Marrero is responsible for all Plan Amendment intake for Unincorporated Hillsborough County, as well as the public noticing requirements and legal advertisements for the BOCC and Planning Commission public hearings. Mr. Marrero also oversees the maintenance of the Unincorporated County Plan Amendment and rezoning databases, in addition to assisting with the Hillsborough River Board and TAC meetings. 813/582-7359


In addition to their primary duties, the Comprehensive Plan Policy Review Division staff members also:

  • Provide general land use counseling and information to citizens, government bodies, land use professionals and other agencies as it relates to the Jurisdictional Comprehensive Plan
  • Conduct field visits and evaluations for land use proposals
  • Participate in publicly advertised community/neighborhood meetings, as needed