What is the Comprehensive Plan?
The Comprehensive Plan (“Plan”) describes how Broward County will provide required services to meet the current and future needs of the community and economic development, while protecting the natural environment. This policy document provides a coordinated approach to making many decisions regarding land use and the location of development, the extension of urban services, the placement of community facilities, adaptation to climate change impacts and others.
The Plan is composed of 18 Elements that contain Goals, Objectives, and Policies (GOPs) organized by topics. Each Elements’ Support Document contains the data and analysis used in developing the GOPs. The Plan also contains a map series that generally describes existing or future conditions related to the Plan's Elements. The Future Unincorporated Area Land Use Element Map Series (FUALUEMS) depicts future land use designations that specify what uses are allowed on each property, which may be amended from time to time through a process that includes the property owners. The FUALUEMS map is further implemented through the Zoning Map and the land development code.
Local comprehensive plans in Florida are required to meet a number of state statutes, in particular Chapter 163.3177, F.S.
The County’s Plan must also be consistent with the countywide Land Use Plan and Map administered by the Planning Council
Updating the Comprehensive Plan
The principles and strategies contained in the GOPs guide the County’s future decisions to help ensure that we are prepared to meet challenges today and in the future. The Plan is a “living” document that is updated to respond to changing conditions in matters such as population, technology, organizational structure, the economy, and climate. The process of developing and updating the plan is a community-wide effort that requires compiling and analyzing new data, jointly developing coping strategies, and amending the GOPs.
Evaluation and Appraisal Review
Since 2011, local governments have more discretion in determining whether they need to update their local comprehensive plan. Previously, local governments needed to submit evaluation and appraisal reports (EARs) to the State for a sufficiency determination every 7 years. State law requirements are now limited to reviewing the Plan every 7 years to determine whether amendments are needed to reflect changes in state requirements. However, the State does not limit amendments to the Plan.
2013 Letter to FDEO