January 2022 – This summer, Florida amended the Community Planning Act that now requires every city and county “to include in its comprehensive plan a property rights element,” see Florida Statutes § 163.3177(6)(i)1. This new element is required by House Bill 59, which became effective on July 1, 2021. At the direction of the Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC), Planning Commission staff drafted the new element based, in part, on the model Property Rights Element developed by the 1000 Friends of Florida. Transparency, predictability, and reliability are the three main objectives of the proposed Hillsborough County Property Rights Element.
At a public hearing on December 9, 2021, the BOCC instructed Planning Commission staff to conduct additional outreach prior to the new element’s final consideration on March 10, 2022. As part of this expanded outreach effort, residents can weigh in on the draft Property Rights Element by joining a virtual public meeting on Thursday, February 3, 2022, at 4:30pm. Register now on GoToWebinar and help shape the future of Hillsborough County! After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
If you are unable to attend, you may send written comments to: The Planning Commission, C/O Mark P. Hudson, 601 Kennedy Boulevard, 18th Floor, Tampa Florida, 33601, firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 813-582-7338. Questions can also be submitted using the online submission form on the project page.
For more information and to stay up to date on the Property Rights Element, visit planhillsborough.org/property-rights-element.