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Downtown Master Plan

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At the City Commission’s direction, staff is currently working on an effort to amend the City’s Unified Land Development Regulations (ULDR) to address key Downtown Master Plan design standards that will be incorporated into the City’s code to promote positive redevelopment throughout our Downtown. The Downtown Master Plan includes design guidelines that are both qualitative that promote creative design solutions based on the context of each development site and quantitative, which include more definitive dimensional standards. The focus of this effort is on the quantitative elements that guide the form of buildings and design of streets. In addition, the code changes will address downtown character areas, transition zones, open space provisions, and application of the standards to residential and nonresidential development. Additional background information and the December 18, 2018 presentation to the City Commission are available online. An open house was held on June 5, 2019 to present the proposed codifications and obtain public input. The draft code amendments were presented to the Planning and Zoning Board on October 16, 2019 for review and recommendation. You can view the agenda backup at

The most recent presentation, summary of community input obtained to date, and proposed code amendments are provided below:

Next Steps

The amendments will be presented to the City Commission at an upcoming City Commission meeting.  Once posted by the City Clerk, you can find a link to the backup material here:

We welcome any additional feedback! The summary of community input received to date will also be included as part of the backup materials forwarded to the City Commission.

For comments and input or additional information, please contact the Urban Design and Planning Division of the Department of Sustainable Development at 954-828-6520 or e-mail

Downtown MP Project Timeline

The Fort Lauderdale City Commission adopted the Consolidated Downtown Master Plan on November 18, 2003 after broad input from various stakeholders, including residents, business leaders, property owners, developers, Downtown Development Authority and other organizations. The Plan serves as a guide for development projects and sets forth the City’s vision for the future of Downtown Fort Lauderdale.

It details the Downtown’s potential and provides a blueprint for creating an active urban center with a variety of public spaces and transportation options as well as a mix of uses, including housing, shopping, employment and entertainment opportunities.

In 2007, updates and refinements to the Chapter 4 Design Guidelines were incorporated into the Plan, with additional input from stakeholders. The refinements addressed in the update include an emphasis on high quality architecture, improvements to streetscape design, and building relationships to each other and the public realm.

The Downtown Master Plan’s successful implementation has been driven by the cooperation between the public and private sectors and has already resulted in many new projects that help carry out the vision for Downtown Fort Lauderdale.


Downtown Master Plan

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