The 1995 Florida Legislative Session resulted in the passage of House Bill 347, also known as the Neighborhood Preservation and Enhancement Act (Act). The Act empowers the Broward County Board of County Commissioners to create a neighborhood preservation and enhancement district at the request of the residents of that neighborhood. Once the district has been created, the residents within the district elect a five-member neighborhood council to work with the Planning Services Division in the development of a neighborhood enhancement plan. The plan, which must be adopted by the Broward County Board of County Commissioners, contains minimum standards for property maintenance, building codes, and community aesthetics. Upon adoption of the plan, the neighborhood council is authorized to exercise limited powers to enforce the standards of its neighborhood enhancement plan.
The Broward County Board of County Commissioners, through adoption of section 163.524(1), Florida Statutes, supports the intent of the Florida Legislature to bestow upon established neighborhoods the power to develop and promote a quality of life which reflects the values and interests of the residents of their community. In fact, Broward County created its first district in July, 2000 for the Broward Estates neighborhood in the central unincorporated area.
The creation of the Broward Estates Neighborhood Preservation and Enhancement District represents a landmark for community empowerment and furthers one of the County's strategic goals to enhance economic development efforts, including urban renewal.
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