Land Development Code

The Land Development Regulations (LDRs) serve to regulate the use (Residential, Commercial, Industrial, etc.) and amount/appearance of development (intensity, density, design standards, etc.) of real property within the corporate limits of the City of Lauderdale Lakes. The public is advised to consult the full Code - for specific guidance, or to speak with a member of the Planning & Zoning staff for elaboration/interpretation of these standards. The following is a brief summary of the Code contents:

CHAPTER 1 – PURPOSE & APPLICABILITY:  Provides the purpose and applicability of the LDRs

 CHAPTER 2 – DEFINITIONS & RULES OF CONSTRUCTION:   Provides definitions of terms used in the LDRs

 CHAPTER 3 – DECISION MAKNG & ADMINISTRATIVE BODIES:   Describes the powers and duties of the various bodies involved in the development review process, as well as sets forth procedures for quasi—judicial hearings.

 CHAPTER 4 – COMPREHENSIVE PLAN:   Describes the relation between the City’s Comprehensive Plan and LDRs.

 CHAPTER 5 – DEVELOPMENT REVIEW PROCEDURES:  Provides Development Review Procedures including Permitted Uses (Sec. 502), Conditional Uses (Sec. 503), New Uses (Sec. 504), Temporary Uses (Sec. 505), Variances (Sec. 506), Land Development Regulations and Zoning Map Amendments (Sec. 507), Concurrency Requirements (Sec. 508), Subdivision Plats (Sec. 509), Vacation of Right-of-Way Easements (Sec. 509A), Subdivision Improvement Plans (Sec. 510), Site Plan (Sec. 511), Engineering Permits (Sec. 512), Review of Building Permits (Sec. 513), Certificates of Occupancy (Sec. 514), Appeals (Sec. 515), Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) Review (Sec. 516), Governmental Takings, Cure Plans (Sec. 517), Flexibility & Reserve Units (Sec. 518).

 CHAPTER 6 – ARCHEOLOGICAL & HISTORICAL LANDMARKS:   Sets forth procedures for designation of archeological and historical land sites.

 CHAPTER 7 – USE REGULATIONS:   Provides District Regulations (i.e., uses permitted, density/intensity standards, and bulk standards, such as setbacks, pervious/impervious lot coverage, etc.) for different residential and non-residential zoning districts.  .

 CHAPTER 8 – OFF-STREET PARKING & LOADING STANDARDS:   provides Off-Street Parking and Loading quantity requirements and design standards for residential and non-residential developments, including Parking Requirements for the Handicapped (Sec. 801.1.4), Amount of Off-Street Parking per unit quantity of a particular use (Sec. 801.4), Shared Parking (Sec. 801.3), Parking of Commercial Vehicle restrictions (Sec. 801.5), Off-Street Loading quantity requirements (Sec. 801.6), Driveway Standards (Sec. 802).

 CHAPTER 9 – SIGN REGULATIONS:   Provides requirements for Signs, including Purpose (Sec. 901), Definitions (Sec. 903), Permit Process (Sec. 904), Measurement of Sign Area and Height (Sec. 908), Residential District Permanent Signs (Sec. 909.1), Non-Residential District Permanent Signs (Sec. 909.2), Temporary Signs (Sec. 910), Specifically Prohibited Signs (Sec. 911), and Mandatory Signs (Sec. 912); Exempt Signs (Sec. 913), Nonconforming Signs (Sec. 914), Administration and Enforcement (Sec. 915).

 CHAPTER 10 – LANDSCAPE REQUIREMENTS:   Provides Landscape for residential and non-residential properties, including Purpose (Sec. 1001.1), Definitions (Sec. 1001.3), Minimum Landscape Requirements for Single-Family (1001.4),  Minimum Landscape Requirements for Multi--Family (1001.5), Minimum Landscape Requirements for Non-Residential (1001.6), Sight Distance for Landscaping (1001.8),  Perimeter Landscape Requirements (1001.9),  Landscape requirements for Temporary Structures (1001.10), Parking Interiors (1001.11), Berms (1001.12), Street Trees (1001.13), Other Vehicular Use Areas (1001.14), Plant Materials and Installation Requirements (1001.15), Maintenance Requirements (1001.16), Maintenance of Swales (1001.17), Non-Conforming Sites (1001.18), Designation of Protected Trees, Specimen Trees and Historic Trees (1002), Tree Protection and Conservation (1003). 

CHAPTER 11 – DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS OF GENERAL APPLICABILITY:   Provides other applicable development standards, including Subdivision Design Standards (Sec. 1102), Architectural Design Standards (Sec. 1103), Outdoor Lighting Standards (Sec. 1104), Wetland Preservation Standards (Sec. 1105), Surface water Management Criteria (Sec. 1106), Accessory uses and Standards such as Awnings and canopies, Antennas, Dish Antennas, Carports, Pet Shelters, Fences and Walls, Gazebos, Play Equipment, Screen Enclosures, Swimming Polls and Spas, Pool Barriers, Utility Sheds, Mechanical Equipment, Docks (Sec. 1107), Compliance with Comprehensive Plan (Sec. 1108), Subdivision Design Standards (Sec. 1108), Development Advertising Requirements (Sec. 1109), Community Appearance Board (Sec. 1110), Wireless Telecommunications (Sec. 1111), Home Occupations (Sec. 1112),

 CHAPTER 12 – DEVELOPMENT STANDARDS OF GENERAL APPLICABILITY:   Provides for regulation of Nonconforming Uses and Structures, such as Expansion of Non-Conforming Use (Sec. 1202), Discontinuation or Abandonment of Non-Conforming Use or Structure (Sec. 1203), Change of Use (Sec. 1204), Repair or Reconstruction of Non-Conforming Structure (Sec. 1205), Alteration or Enlargement of Non-Conforming Structure (Sec. 1206), Moving of Non-Conforming Structure (Sec. 1207), Non-Conforming Lots of Record (Sec. 1208).

 CHAPTER 13 – COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FEES:   Provides for a fee schedule for various development applications, such as BUILDING (Sec. 1301 – 1306), Planning & Zoning (Sec. 1307), Civil Engineering (Sec. 1308 - 1309).