Septic tanks in ground, dug up

January 5, 2024

Melissa Dickens – [email protected] – 813-272-5940

Last updated
February 15, 2024

An upcoming text amendment for the Unincorporated Hillsborough County Comprehensive Plan, HC/CPA 23-18, proposes to modify Rural Area water and wastewater policies with the primary intent to address negative impacts from septic tanks.

Proposed changes include new policies to allow for Rural Area utility extension for documented environmental issues caused by septic or private/franchise infrastructure and to prevent the clustering of new septic tanks. Staff also recommends an update to an existing policy regarding connections to adjacent utility infrastructure to allow additional units to be served, reducing the number of potential new septic tanks and private wells. Additionally, HC/CPA 23-18 adds a new policy to outline the process for enabling Rural Area utility extensions serving unique circumstances when there is an overriding public interest, as determined by the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners. 

The preliminary text of the amendment is available here. The proposed language will be updated in late January, prior to the virtual public meeting, to incorporate feedback from the BOCC, received at their December 13 workshop.

Join us on February 13 at 5:30 to learn more about the proposed amendment and corresponding Land Development Code change, and let us know your thoughts and feedback.