Welcome to your future!

It is time for our beautiful community to move forward to a brighter future together! That means we need your help. After all, it is your future, too. Join us as we develop the City of Sunrise Comprehensive Plan. Find out how you can participate, share your ideas, and keep up with the coming changes to our community.

Things to think about…


  • What type of commerce do you want to support?
  • Where should it take place?
  • How much land is needed?


  • Which areas should be only for residential, commercial, or public use?
  • How can we travel safely and efficiently?
  • What kind of infrastructure do we need?


  • How should our natural resources be used?
  • What is the best way to manage our ecology?
  • Should we take conservation measures?

About the Project

The Comprehensive Plan is a blueprint for the future of our community.

The mixture of activities, often referred to as land use categories, within a community and how these activities interact with one another are core concerns that planning attempts to address. Planning is a tool a community can use to arrange these activities so that they work in concert and not conflict with each other. This concept is usually referred to as compatibility. These decisions also must balance the desires of individual property owners with the broader needs of the entire community.

Through land use planning, a community is able to examine its economic, social, and physical needs and make decisions about how these needs can be best met for the future. For example, a community will determine the types of industry it would like to support, where the industrial activities will take place, and the amount of land needed. It will also determine the location and amount of land for residences, commercial and social activities, public spaces and parks; how natural resources will be used, managed, and protected; how people will travel safely and efficiently; and the type and amount of infrastructure that will be needed by people and development. “Infrastructure” is defined as man-made structures that serve the common needs of people, such as sewers, water systems, landfills, roads and bridges, and utilities; whether owned by government or by private companies or persons

This expression of the needs and desires of the community is presented in what is known as the comprehensive plan. The comprehensive plan is a long-range document, spanning 20 years (2015-2035), and must be based on appropriate data and analysis. The comprehensive plan is adopted by the City Commission, and then serves as the blueprint for future growth and development.

So… What is the Comprehensive Plan Update?

The comprehensive plan is not intended to be a static document and may be updated to reflect changing needs and conditions. Sunrise must update its comprehensive plan at least every seven years based on requirements set by the Florida Legislature.

Sunrise will be updating in comprehensive plan starting in June 2016. The update consists of the following components:

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    Citizen Participation

    Your voice is essential to the development of the plan. Learn more.

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    Data and Analysis

    Information about the community is vital to understanding how to move forward. Learn more.

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    Evaluation and Update (EAU)

    We will need to carefully review the plan to see if changes are necessary. Learn more.

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    Comprehensive Plan and Amendments

    Using the information we have gathered from all sources, a plan is created. Learn more.

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    Land Development Code

    Putting the plan into action requires writing good rules for the future of development. Learn more.

Citizen Participation

The Florida Legislature recognized the importance of public participation and citizen input in the comprehensive planning process and stated in §163.3181(1), Florida Statutes: “It is the intent of the Legislature that the public participate in the comprehensive planning process to the fullest extent possible. Towards this end, local planning agencies and local governmental units are directed to adopt procedures designed to provide effective public participation in the comprehensive planning process and to provide real property owners with notice of all official actions which will regulate the use of their property.” As noted previously, the comprehensive plan expresses a community’s vision, its values, and how and where it may grow and develop in the future. Sebringcharette-kimbTherefore, it is imperative that there is broad public participation and all present and future community stakeholders take part in the process, inform decisions and are committed to working with state and local government.

Sunrise will prepare a Public Involvement Plan that will outline the numerous ways it will keep citizens as well as business and property owners aware of the process to update the comprehensive plan. Sunrise will use local media, social media, community and faith-based organizations, business associations, homeowners’ associations, and other partners to ensure information regarding how, where, and when to participate in the process during each phase of the process.

Data & Analysis

DSCF5501bSunrise conducted the last update to its comprehensive plan in 2009. The community, through its Community Development Department and consulting team, will collect data on past and present trends. This process will include a review of population, development patterns, traffic, environmental resources, and infrastructure needs. In addition, information on community needs and concerns will be gathered in order to determine the best approaches to resolve issues of concern and address the future needs of the community. For instance, if a community wishes to redevelop a particular area, the comprehensive plan will address the steps that will be undertaken by the community as well as those developers will have to meet to achieve the type development envisioned.

Evaluation & Update

During the Evaluation and Update (EAU) process, a community examines its comprehensive plan to determine if any modifications are needed based on changes enacted by the Florida Legislature to the mandated requirements for a comprehensive plan. In July 2016, Sunrise notified the State of Florida of the legislative changes that are needed.

Sunrise’s EAU process will also examine the comprehensive plan in relation to four essential questions: (Where is the Community Now; How Did the Community Get Here; Where Does the Community Want to Go; and What Steps Does the Community Want to Take to Get There?). In addition, the community will determine if the directions established in the current comprehensive plan are still valid and what, if any, changes should be made to the comprehensive plan.


Comprehensive Plan & Amendment

DSCF5500bThe information obtained during the data and analysis and EAU processes, including public input, will be used to prepare the 2017-2027 Comprehensive Plan and related amendments. Comprehensive plans in Florida are required to include elements that address future land use; housing; transportation; capital improvements; intergovernmental coordination; potable water, storm water, sanitary sewer, solid waste, and natural groundwater aquifer recharge; and conservation of natural resources. A community may include optional elements, such as economic development, historic preservation, recreation and open space, public school facilities, or community design.

While a comprehensive plan is composed of these elements, the issues addressed in the elements are often interrelated; therefore, requiring the comprehensive plan to be read as a singular document. The 2017-2027 Comprehensive Plan will represent the collective vision for how Sunrise will develop while meeting the needs of residents and visitors.

Land Development Code

DSC02707bThe comprehensive plan is implemented through a series of local ordinances collectively known as the land development code or zoning. The land development code addresses things such as how far back from the lot lines a building must be constructed, the height of buildings, how drainage must be handled, and the amount of parking that must be provided for commercial, office, and industrial uses. The land development code must be consistent with the comprehensive plan and represent the consensus of the community regarding the best techniques development and redevelopment.

The 2017 – 2027 Comprehensive Plan will serve as the foundation for reviewing and, as needed, modifying the land development code.

Contact Us

Your community needs your voice!

Contact Information

Bradley Swing, Assistant City Planner, (954) 746-3281

Bob Cambric, Public Outreach (954) 702-1679

Address:1601 NW 136th Avenue, Bldg. A, Sunrise, FL 33323

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Our Community’s History

Before we plan where we’re going, we should understand where we come from. It is important that we respect the rich history and culture of our community as we develop a path forward.

The City of Sunrise was incorporated in 1961 by Norman Johnson, an innovative developer whose model homes attracted buyers to what was then the remote western edge of Broward County in southeast Florida.

Originally known as Sunrise Golf Village, the City had a population of 4,300 and comprised just 1.75 square miles by 1967. Then, during the 1970s, as Broward County began to push west, the City experienced its first real growth.

Today, Sunrise offers its 85,000+ residents a variety of attractive, well-maintained neighborhoods – from private, gated golf-course communities to quality rental properties. Sunrise also continues to provide its growing population with first-rate services, and is the county’s recognized leader in providing quality-of-life facilities for residents. The City offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities, including a soccer club, golf course, a tennis club, playgrounds and municipal swimming pools, as well as a Senior Center and a Civic Center complex featuring a 300-seat theater, an art gallery and banquet facilities. Sunrise is also home to eleven public schools, two post offices and two public libraries.

Sunrise also boasts its own flourishing job market and has emerged as the county’s leader in commerce, having developed the largest corporate office park in South Florida. From humble beginnings, Sunrise has also grown into a sophisticated city of culture, offering residents and visitors abundant opportunities to experience art, theatre, fine dining and first-class entertainment.