The proceeding zoning map represents the proposed changes to the zoning classifications for each parcel within the City of Crestview. The current zoning classification system utilizes 12 zones, while the newly proposed system will utilize 9 zones. The zones will range from low density residential to high intensity commercial, with varying degrees of residential, mixed and commercial zones in-between. The overall goal of the new system is to establish a logical zoning method that offers residential neighborhoods protection from high traffic commercial zones as well as offering opportunity for commercial growth and development. This map is currently in the proposal stage and is open for discussion and review.
Yes. There are three public meetings planned for this map to be presented in person for public viewing. Those meeting dates are as follows:
Thursday, October 8, 2020 Central Baptist Church 951 S Ferdon Boulevard 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 15, 2020 Crestview Community Center 1446 Commerce Drive 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 22, 2020 Samuel’s Roadhouse 114 John King Road 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
How do I find out more information or get answers to specific questions?
Please contact our staff by phone at 850-689-1619 option 2, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will be happy to help you any way we can. Also, keep up to date on information that will be posted here and on the City of Crestview Facebook page.
What is Zoning?
Zoning primarily determines how property may be used and where structures may be placed on the property. It aims to promote an orderly pattern of development and to separate incompatible land uses, such as industrial uses and homes, to ensure and maintain a pleasant environment. This includes land uses, building density, building height and size, lot sizes, yards and open spaces, setbacks, signs and accessory uses. In addition, various standards are established within zoning districts for on- and off-street parking, landscaping, signage and other types of provisions related to different development techniques.
Why does it need to change?
The current zoning map is based on the original map created in the 1960’s. There have been numerous modifications and adjustments to small portions or sections of the map over the years. Since then, the land uses have changed dramatically in some areas. For example, some areas were zoned Industrial but have since developed into residential uses. In addition, the definitions of the zoning classifications are being reviewed and updated. The intention is that the updated zoning classifications and map will provide a code that is more user friendly, understandable, and will provide diagrams and graphics to explain difficult concepts.
Will this affect my property taxes?
Taxes on a property are based on the value of a property. The Okaloosa County Property Appraiser is responsible for setting taxable values on properties. That taxable value is mostly based on the use of the property. There are regulations and laws in place governing that process with the Property Appraisers office. Property values are not directly affected by the zoning classification of a property. Zoning is a method to regulate property development, not set property value. As such, the Planning Department does not anticipate any changes to an affected property’s tax rates.
How will the changes affect my property?
The majority of the properties that are currently zoned residential will remain residential. The predominant changes are proposed to those parcels within the central area of the City and along the Highway 85 corridor. Those changes are mostly conveying the new Mixed-Use zoning classification. This classification represents an enhanced potential use for those parcels. Some of the other changes are the removal of the Industrial classification of some parcels that are currently residential in nature. Under the current rules, those residences could not make property modifications as they are not in conformity with the Industrial zone. This change allows those property owners to enjoy the highest and best use of their properties.
If your property is currently zoned residential and the proposed zoning classification is residential, then there will be no changes to your property. If your property was zoned Industrial, or Commercial, but is currently used as residential, then you will be able to continue your existing use and improve or enhance your property where previously you could not.
What will my zoning change to?
The map located on this page shows the proposed zoning classification for all properties. Find your property on the map and the color on your parcel will signify the zoning classification proposed for your property. There is a legend on the left-hand side of the map. If you need assistance finding your property, please feel free to contact our office and we will be happy to assist you. Our contact information is listed below.
What if my property is in the County?
Any property that is outside of the city limits will not be affected by this map. Those properties have a zoning classification assigned to them by Okaloosa County. The quickest method to determining if your property is within the city limits is to check the ‘Tax District’ listed for your property on the Okaloosa Property Appraisers site. Go to www.okaloosapa.comand select ‘Property Search’. When you find your property and go to the report, you will see the “Tax District” listed. Simply having an address with a Crestview zip code does not place a property within the city limits.