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Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Code of Ordinances § 47-21.3 (current through Aug. 6, 2019)
Brief 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.".
Legal Strategies
Requires something, sets standards.
Not applicable.
Reach
Community-wide
Food System Category: Grow
State: Florida
Jurisdiction Type: City
Jurisdiction Name: Fort Lauderdale
Does the law refer to priority populations in some way?
No.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to improving or protecting health?
Unclear. 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.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal of fostering improved environmental conditions?
Yes. 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.
Does the law refer to or suggest a goal related to promoting or supporting the community's economy?
No.
Does the law include findings (including jurisdiction-specific findings), or are there findings in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
No.
Does the law have a stated intent or purpose, or is there an intent or purpose in the larger section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. "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.
Does the law include definitions, or are there definitions in the section, title, article, or chapter which the law is part of?
Yes. § 47-21.2.
Does the law address implementation in some way?
Yes. The permit will be reviewed by the Planning and Economic Development Department for approval. § 47-21.6 and § 47.35.
Are there enforcement provisions that identify specific penalties or consequences for non-compliance?
No.
Does the law include an evaluation component, beyond reporting on activity?
No.
Does the law require an extra or atypical financial or resource investment?
No.
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.