Policy Summary

This code establishes design standards for landscaping. Requirements include low impact design that preserves existing native trees and vegetation, irrigation system, and encourages preservation of wildlife supporting vegetation. Fruit-bearing trees and plants are considered part of a "sustainable and edible landscape."

Background Information

State Florida
Jurisdiction Name Fort Lauderdale
Jurisdiction Type City,
Population Size 50,000-200,000
Legal Strategies
  • Requires something, sets standards
  • Not applicable
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Grow;
Evidence for Health

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Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?

Health-related goal?

Although the word "health" does not explicitly appear, a "better quality of life" for people is commonly understood to include health. See reference in the intent and purpose section of the Unified Land Development Code, which includes a stated intention of the code to "promote better quality of life by creating a safe, healthy, and sustainable landscape." § 47-21.1.A.

Environmental goal?

Provisions require landscapes to be low impact design in accordance with Florida-Friendly Landcaping™. "Shrubs and trees should be incorporated as much as possible to provide food-sources for nectar-consuming pollinators…" §47-21.3.F.

Economic goal?

Includes findings?

Has a stated intent or purpose?

"The intent of these regulations is to protect, preserve and enhance the natural environment and beauty of the city and promote better quality of life by creating a safe, healthy, and sustainable landscape." § 47-21.1.A.

Includes definitions?

§ 47-21.2

Addresses implementation?

The permit will be reviewed by the Planning and Economic Development Department for approval. § 47-21.6 and § 47.35.

Enforcement provisions?

Evaluation component?

Requires extra investment?

Code context and ordinance history

This policy is located Fort Lauderdale, Florida Code of Ordinances, Unified Development Code, Article III Development Requirements, Section 47-21 Landscape and Tree Preservation Requirements. History: Ord. No. C-15-09, § 3, 2-17-15.


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