Urban Design and Planning


Welcome to the Urban Design and Planning Division of the City of Fort Lauderdale!

Our mission is to shape urban development outcomes through creative thinking, sound civic planning and urban design solutions that  result in a sustainable, high-quality of life for our residents, incomparable experience for our visitors and an exceptional sense of place for all. We encourage community engagement and forging strong relationships with our neighbors, community leaders, developers, partner agencies and design professionals in furthering urban design excellence and the future of our built environment. The Urban Design and Planning Division’s goals focus on enhancing the quality of life and improving livability in the City of Fort Lauderdale, by encouraging and directing orderly growth and promoting well-designed development and redevelopment through sound planning principles.

The Division provides services regarding community development, urban revitalization, long-range planning, and historic preservation, including review of development plans and other applications through the Development Review Committee.  As part of the development review process, the Division also coordinates the presentation of certain applications to incorporate public input before the Planning & Zoning BoardBoard of Adjustment, and the Historic Preservation Board, as well as the City Commission. The Division’s efforts strive to implement the goals, objectives, and policies of the City’s Code of Ordinances and existing Comprehensive Plan, as well as various planning initiatives intended to improve the overall welfare of the City and its neighborhoods.

Interested in joining our team? Check out current job opportunities with the City.

Urban Design & Planning
700 NW 19th Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311


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