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Planning and Zoning

The Community Development Department enforces zoning regulations. These zoning regulations are called Land Development Regulations (LDRs).

The purpose of the LDRs is to implement further the Comprehensive Plan for the City by establishing regulations, procedures, and standards for review and approval of all development and uses of land and water in the City. Further, the LDRs are adopted in order to foster and preserve public health, safety, comfort and welfare, and to aid in the harmonious, orderly, and progressive development and redevelopment of the City. It is the intent of these LDRs that the development process in the City be efficient, in terms of time and expense; effective, in terms of addressing the natural resource and public facility implications of proposed development; equitable, in terms of consistency with established regulation and procedures, and show respect for the rights of property owners, and the consideration for the interests of the citizens of the City.”

The department is responsible to review plans, prepare recommendations, advertise zoning public hearings for site plan review, conditional use, variances, zoning changes, and amendments to the Comprehensive Plan. A zoning hearing application requires Commission approval.

The department also reviews all legal documents such as Unity of Title, Covenants, and Agreements that may be required with each application. Each application is reviewed under the design standards set forth in the Land Development Regulations. In addition, the department reviews zoning regulations for all building permits submitted to the Building Department. This department also reviews and approves Certificates of Use applications.

Click here for a listing of Existing & Planned Development in Sunny Isles Beach.


Comprehensive Plan

In 2016 the City of Sunny Isles Beach amended its Comprehensive Plan. The Comprehensive Plan is the City’s blueprint for existing and future development. The Plan’s goals, objectives and policies reflect the City’s vision for its future and how it will meet the needs of existing and future residents, visitors and businesses. The City’s original Comprehensive Plan provided the foundation for the dramatic growth and redevelopment that has occurred since incorporation. Moving forward, the Plan has been amended to reflect the redevelopment that has occurred, along with a current vision for moving forward.

2016 Amended Comprehensive Plan Document


Transportation Master Plan

In preparing for the future, the City of Sunny Isles Beach recognizes the need to develop solutions for congestion along Collins Avenue as development continues to be built, and to respond to the community’s desire for enhanced multimodal options to accommodate transportation needs. To preserve and enhance its high quality of life as the community continues to grow, the City set out to examine the existing and future conditions of its transportation system. This includes the roadway network, transit system, bicycling, and pedestrian facilities. The result of this effort, the Sunny Isles Beach Transportation Master Plan 2016, will serve as the blueprint by which the City can move forward together in creating a multimodal, safe, convenient and accessible transportation system.

2016 Transportation Master Plan