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For details about the East Sunrise Improvements Master Plan and its implementation, contact Danielle Lima, Economic and Community Enrichment Manager, at 954-746-3430 or

Celebrate Original Sunrise - Come Shine With Us East Sunrise Improvements Master Plan: An Overview 
East Sunrise is a two-square-mile area that extends east of University Drive, including the University Drive corridor, to the City’s municipal boundaries, and south from West Oakland Park Boulevard to Sunrise Boulevard. The area is strategically positioned to become a lively path to an eclectic mix of dining, shopping, recreational activities and sensational nightlife!

In March 2017, the City of Sunrise began working with a consultant to develop the East Sunrise Improvements Master Plan, which was adopted by the City Commission in March 2019. 

The Master Plan reflects the community’s long-range vision for the built environment of our neighborhoods. It stimulates investment and redevelopment of non-residential areas, helps revitalize the original Sunrise neighborhoods, and guides the appropriate use of land in order to protect the public health and safety and to promote overall quality of life. This Master Plan helps to create a vibrant, healthy and sustainable community and improve citizens’ quality of life by identifying:
  • appropriate locations for commercial, residential, and mixed-use development;
  • locations where the City should consider increasing density, encourage redevelopment, or intervene in other ways;
  • opportunities to extend and/or improve open space, recreational areas, and civic facilities;
  • strategies for increasing economic development, private investment, and improving neighborhood aesthetics;
  • opportunities to further the City’s plans to improve connectivity between pedestrians, bicycles, buses, and cars;
  • environmental, historic, and cultural resources that need conservation; and
  • strategies for reducing congestion and improving transit services.
This up-and-coming area is within a 15-minute drive to the popular BB&T Center, which hosts over 200 major events and concerts annually; Sawgrass Mills Mall—South Florida’s largest outlet mall with over 26 million visitors each year; and other must-see attractions. The reinvention underway in east Sunrise will make the area a prime destination for visitors and residents to enjoy, and a strategic location for businesses to thrive.

The City launched the area’s transformation by improving street aesthetics, traffic flow, lighting, walkways and bike lanes, and is moving forward with a number of significant development projects that will continue to enhance the area’s appeal. Several private development projects are in the works, with many more expected as awareness increases about the area’s abundant investment opportunities.

Form-Based Code Initiative 

In a continuation of the East Sunrise Improvements Master Plan implementation process, the City of Sunrise has initiated a study to evaluate the existing zoning for portions of the Sunset Strip, Sunrise Boulevard, and University Drive commercial corridors. The study will examine the effectiveness of a zoning tool known as Form-Based Code. Form-based codes focus on thoughtful urban form and building design, which allows for a more predictable community vision while also accommodating changing uses and market demands. The vision is for a mix of new and revitalized retail, restaurants, and urban living with improved walkability. This initiative will pave the way for an enhanced quality of life for the area’s residents, businesses and visitors. In September 2019, the City hosted several targeted stakeholder meetings, as well as an open house, so that residents, business owners, and developers could share their input and and better understand the effects of this rezoning initiative.


The following presentations to the Sunrise City Commission provide additional information regarding the East Sunrise Improvements Master Plan and its implementation:

Last updated: 10/23/2019 5:22:12 PM