Uptown Urban Village Project


Uptown Birdseye

Project History

The Uptown Urban Village (Uptown) Project is a planning project derived from an August 2014 Urban Land Institute Technical Advisory Panel (TAP) report that identified strategies in creating a more livable urban village core for the Uptown area.  Uptown is generally described as the area in and around the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport, with the area’s core flanked by C-14 canal and McNab Road to the north, 57th Street to the south, Powerline Road to the west, and I-95 to the east.   The overall intent is to establish a planning framework to guide future growth in the area by amending the current land use designations to a single land use designation that supports a mix of uses and multi-modal development.  The project goals also include the development of a form-based code to regulate the built form consistent with the new underlying land use thereby making the area a multi-modal, walkable, pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use, developed area. The Urban Design and Planning Division has been working with the consulting firm, Tindale Oliver, on an application for a land use amendment and a form-based code master plan for the City of Fort Lauderdale’s Uptown Urban Village.

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Public Open House: May 2, 2019

A public open house meeting will be held on May 2, 2019.  Click the link below for more information:

Public Workshop: March 8, 2018

A public open house meeting will be held on March 8, 2018.  Click the links below for more information:

December 7, 2016 Workshop Summary

The Public Workshop for the Uptown Project included presentations on the team, the history of the project, the project scope/timeline including the Land Use Plan Amendment and the Form-Based Code Master Plan, the character of the area, multi-modal transportation, parking, public realm/pedestrian mobility, issues and challenges, opportunities, a short survey on demographics and transportation modes, the next plausible steps and instructional breakout sessions. The presentation material is provided below.

Project Status Update – April 2019

Uptown Update April 2019

Percentage of work completed on the project to date.

Land Use Plan Amendment (LUPA)

The Land Use Plan Amendment was presented to the City’s Planning and Zoning Board on February 21, 2018.  To view the Land Use Plan Amendment application, click on the link below.

Land Use Plan Amendment Application

Project Schedule

  • Planning and Zoning Board Meeting – February 21, 2018, Approved by the Planning and Zoning Board 
  • City Commission - TBD (LUPA Transmittal to Broward County) 
  • Deadline Submittal to Broward County Planning Council -TBD

Master Plan and Form-Based Code

A preliminary draft of the Master Plan and Form-Based Code is available.  Please note that the draft document is currently under review by City staff and has not been fully vetted by the City Departments and Envision Uptown.  In addition, there could be changes to the draft document during the public approval process.  To view the draft Master Plan and Form-Based Code, click on the link below.

Draft Master Plan and Form-Based Code

Project Schedule

  • Public Open House - May 2, 2019
  • City Commission Conference Meeting -  August 20, 2019
  • Planning and Zoning Board Meeting - August 21, 2019
  • City Commission - September 3, 2019

Additional Uptown Background

Envision Uptown, Inc.

Envision Uptown is a non-profit organization consisting of civic leaders, landowners, business and officials and staffs of local, regional, state, and federal agencies that gave specific interest in the Uptown area.  The goal of the organization is to turn the current workplace-based and car-dependent development into a walkable, transit-ready urban neighborhood of offices, residences, retail, hospitality, civic buildings, large and small civic spaces and parks, and public plazas.

Envision Uptown is committed to work with all levels of government and quasi-governmental agencies that control and/or could impact the goal. The group’s focus is on securing the changes to agencies’ plans and budgets that are requisite to facilitating the implementation, maintenance, and growth of area. That includes working with the City of Fort Lauderdale to adopted code changes to the City’s Unified Land Development Regulations for the elements outlined in the goal and vision.

TriRail Cypress Creek Station

The Cypress Creek TriRail Station is located in the center of the Uptown area and provides regional commuter connections.  The station is consider a key element in the Uptown project and will serve as a catalyst in created a mixed-use, multi-modal, pedestrian environment.  To read more, go to:

Cypress Creek Mobility Hub Study

The Cypress Creek Mobility Hub is the second largest commercial district in Broward County, and home to a Tri-Rail Station, Tri-Rail shuttles, Broward County Transit bus service, and easy access to I-95. The Broward MPO, in partnership with the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (SFRTA) who operate Tri-Rail, Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), Broward County, City of Fort Lauderdale and City of Oakland Park are looking to identify infrastructure improvements and joint development opportunities in the area of the Cypress Creek Mobility Hub. For more information, go to:

Contact Information

If you have additional question or would like discuss the update to the Uptown Urban Village Master Plan, please contact Jim Hetzel, Urban Planning & Design Division, at (954) 828-5019 or