Planning Commission

The Polk County Planning Commission is a seven-member board appointed by the Board of County Commissioners. The Planning Commission approves or denies certain types of development applications in the Land Development Code. These developments are identified in the code as a Level 3 or Level 4 review. More information about those reviews can be found here.

The Planning Commission meets at 9 a.m. the first Wednesday of each month in the board room of the County Administration Building, 330 W. Church St. in Bartow.

Board Members

Voting Members

  • Rebecca Troutman,  Aug. 31, 2020
  • Harold R. Baxter, Aug. 31, 2020
  • Susan S. Brewer, secretary, Aug. 31, 2019
  • Robert Stanz, Aug. 31, 2018
  • Matthew Cain, Sept. 30, 2019
  • Rennie Heath, chair, Oct. 24, 2018
  • James Lancsek, alternate, Jan. 2, 2020
  • Jonathan Fleming, alternate, July 1, 2020
  • Kevin Updike, vice chair, Aug. 31, 2020
  • Vacant, alternate

Non-Voting Members

  • Lt. Col. Paul E."Forrest" Neidhardt, Avon Park Air Force Range
  • Ronald J. Riedel, Avon Park Air Force Range (alternate)
  • Pamela L. Luce, Polk County School Board
  • Vacant, Polk County School Board (alternate)

Qualifications for Board Members / How to Apply

Links to Documents

Hearing Schedules

Land Use Cases

For more information, call Thado N. Hays, or Margo White at (863) 534-6792, or by email at, or


Polk County Meetings and Agendas

Polk County Seal

The Polk County Board of County Commissioners is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

Polk County Board of County Commissioners