City of Fort Lauderdale Comprehensive Plan
The City’s Comprehensive Plan provides the blueprint for orderly and sustainable land development over the next decade and beyond. It provides the City with long-term direction through goals, objectives, and policies for future land use and serves as the basis for the City’s zoning and land development regulations. An important component of the Comprehensive Plan is identifying the infrastructure and growth demands needed to support existing needs and future growth. The Comprehensive Plan contains elements that address future land use, housing, transportation, infrastructure, water supply, coastal management, conservation, parks and recreation, historic preservation, public school facilities, intergovernmental coordination, and capital improvements, and includes objectives and policies formulated to preserve and enhance community character.
Comprehensive Plan Update
The City is amending the Comprehensive Plan in a two-phase approach. In Phase I, the Department of Sustainable Development, with assistance from the consultant team, The Corradino Group, Inc., prepared the Evaluation and Appraisal Report (EAR) of the City’s existing 2008 Comprehensive Plan. The EAR addressed changes in Florida State requirements since the last update of the Comprehensive Plan and made a recommendation to update the plan based on the City’s vision. The update to the Comprehensive Plan was thereby reviewed and guided by the Evaluation and Appraisal Report process and considered the community’s vision and goals contained in the Fast Forward Fort Lauderdale Vision Plan 2035 and the Press Play Fort Lauderdale 2018 Strategic Plan as well as broad input from stakeholders throughout the participatory process. The EAR was approved by the Planning and Zoning Board in November 2015 and adopted by the City Commission in February 2016.
Phase II includes the preparation of Volume I of the Comprehensive Plan, which includes Goals, Objectives and Policies and is based upon the EAR and the updated Data Inventory and Analysis. The updated Comprehensive Plan "Advance Fort Lauderdale" has been prepared in a concise, user-friendly format that matches the graphic template of the City’s Vision Plan "Fast Forward" and Strategic Plan "Press Play" documents. The existing text of the comprehensive plan will be struck and replaced with the updated goals, objectives, and policies.
The amendments to the existing plan were presented to the Planning and Zoning Board on November 20, 2019. After broad stakeholder input, including three Planning and Zoning Board special meetings, a public open house, and presentations to city advisory boards, the Planning and Zoning Board recommended the City Commission adopt the amendments with revisions. View the presentation and the backup material.
Contact information for the Comprehensive Plan Update project:
Lorraine Tappen, Principal Planner
Urban Design and Planning Division
Department of Sustainable Development
700 NW 18th Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311
Phone: (954) 828-5018
Existing Comprehensive Plan (as adopted in 2008 with updates through 2015)
Comprehensive Plan, Volume I (Goals, Objectives and Policies)
Comprehensive Plan, Volume II (Data Inventory and Analysis)
- Table of Contents
- Future Land Use Element
- Housing Element
- Infrastructure Element
- 10-Year Water Supply Plan
- Transportation Element
- Coastal Management Element
- Conservation Element
- Intergovernmental Coordination Element
- Capital Improvement Element Support Document
- Parks and Recreation Element (optional)
- Historic Preservation Element
- Public Schools Facilities Element
See the Future Land-Use Map.