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The Town of Southwest Ranches is located in Southwest Broward County, is approximately 13 square miles and is home
to over 7,000 residents. The Town is a rural environment, filled with grazing animals, nurseries, farms, and
exquisite and unique scenery and an abundance of wildlife.
The zoning in the town is almost entirely rural residential and agricultural, which requires that lots must be a
minimum of a full one to two acres. We also have a growing amount of zoning for recreation and open space, which
preserves land for residents' enjoyment. The newest zoning district is for community facilities that allows uses
that serve the community such as places of worship.
Our Town was formed to stop encroaching development, and all our Council Members have pledged to "preserve our
rural lifestyle," which includes donkeys braying, roosters crowing, and no sidewalks.
The Town of Southwest Ranches was incorporated on June 6, 2000 , six months after the US Census Survey was
completed. The information provided below comes from basic Census research and private studies.
Population: Approx. 7,203 (according to 2000 US Census Report)
Area : Approx. 13 square miles
County : Broward
Government : Council-Administrator
Location : 15 miles southwest of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; 12 miles north of Miami/Dade County; 15 minutes from
Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport
Housing : Single-family dwellings; home costs range from $200,000 to over $1 million
Characteristics : Predominantly Residential, some Agriculture,& minimal Commercial / Industrial. Southwest
Ranches home sites are a minimum of one and 2 ½ acres. Farms, Equestrians and Families are included in our unique
lifestyle in SW Broward!
Industry : Very Light
Commercial : Very Light (Coquina Plaza & Tom Thumb only)
Parks and Recreation : Currently we have one Open Space Park in the Rolling Oaks Community on SW 178th Ave. 1
Recreational Park (The Sunshine Ranches Equestrian Park) on Volunteer Road, just North of Stirling Road. We have
also been awarded grants to purchase land to develope four additional parks.
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