Comprehensive planning is a process that brings together business and community leaders, elected officials, and government agencies. The Broward County Comprehensive Plan identifies goals and policies that will improve our economy and quality of life. The Board of County Commissioners adopts the Comprehensive Plan and amendments to keep it updated.
The Urban Planning Division provides professional support to the Board in comprehensive planning and a broad range of planning services, including:
Comprehensive Plan and Map Series Amendments
Rezoning and Compatibility Reviews
Verification of Compliance and Land Use Plan Amendments Review
DRIs and Special Districts
Special Projects and Reports
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 was comprehensively updated in 2019 and adopted as the BrowardNEXT2.0 Comprehensive Plan. It is composed of 15 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 Broward Municipal Services District (BMSD) Future Land Use Map Series (FLUMS) 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 FLUMS 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 BrowardNEXT – Broward County 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 impacts. 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. For more information visit the State’s EAR webpage.
Map Amendments and Rezoning
Map amendments are generally required when the new use proposed for a property is not a permitted use for the future land use category for that property. Map amendments are generally initiated by the property owner.
If the property is located within the Broward Municipal Services District (BMSD) or other unincorporated areas of the County, the property owner must apply for an amendment to the BMSD Future Land Use Map Series (FLUMS). BMSD future land use designations are required to be substantially compatible with the Broward County countywide Land Use Plan Map (administered by the Planning Council). Applications for map amendments are generally required to be submitted to us and the Planning Council for processing. The two types of amendments are:
The process begins with a pre-application meeting to discuss the proposed amendment and what to expect. Email us to schedule a meeting.
All amendment requests are reviewed by County staff and other related agencies. Recommendations are published in a staff report that is reviewed by the Local Planning Agency (LPA), which makes recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners at a public meeting. All public meetings are advertised in advance in a local newspaper, such as the Sun Sentinel, as well as posted online on the County Sunshine Meetings schedule. For more information please review the Future Land Use map amendment applications or email your questions to our Planning Section.
Pending Map Amendments
- 19-M1 - Gator Acres near Parkland
- 20-M1 - Monarch Hill Landfill (Waste Management Inc. of Florida)
- STATUS: The LPA public hearing scheduled for April 17, 2020 is CANCELLED due to concerns regarding the COVID-19 and public gatherings. This will be rescheduled. Please check back with our website in the coming weeks for future updates.
Once the BMSD Future Land Use Map Series (FLUMS) and the Broward County Land Use Plan Map are amended, the property needs to be rezoned to the appropriate designation for the desired use. For more information, please review the rezoning application
or contact our Zoning Administrator at 954-357-6618.
Flexibility and Compatibility Review
Increases in density and small changes in land uses may also be achieved through flexibility. Flexibility Units and/or Reserve Units may be assigned by the County to properties within the BMSD through rezoning and in some cases, through an amendment to the County’s BMSD FLUMS, but would not require any action by the Planning Council.
To ensure compatibility with adjacent land uses (LUP Policy 2.10.1), written notification and additional processes are required if the application for flexibility units or reserve units is for properties under the following circumstances:
If located contiguous to another municipality, the adjoining municipalities must be notified
If located east of the Intracoastal Waterway, or adjacent to an Environmentally Sensitive Land, Broward County or regional park; Broward County must be notified.
If a Compatibility Review is requested, you must submit an application for review based on the criteria in Appendix 3 of the Administrative Rules.
Local Planning Agency
The Local Planning Agency (LPA) makes recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners (“Commission”) on proposed re-zonings, amendments to the Comprehensive Plan and Map Series, and updates to the Land Development and Zoning Codes. The meetings are open to the public and notices are published at least 10 days in advance in the Sun Sentinel and on the County’s website. Public comments are incorporated into the staff report that is forwarded to the Commission.
From time to time, we organize workshops to discuss and receive input on planning issues of interest to the community, local governments, regional and state agencies, and other interested parties. Future workshops will be posted on this site.