CRESTVIEW — The Crestview City Council’s Monday workshop included discussion on Crestview’s “2017 Community Redevelopment Agency Comprehensive Master Plan.”
Crestview’s CRA district, established in 1995, today encompasses much of downtown, plus Twin Hills Park and Martin Luther King Avenue, areas that were added when the district expanded in 1998.
The CRA’s Comprehensive Master Plan allows for development within the CRA District. It was approved for conformity with the Comprehensive Plan for the City of Crestview 2020 by the Local Planning Agency.
At the July 10 City Council meeting, Ordinance 1623, for adoption of the updated 2017 CRA plan, will be presented to the City Council for first reading.
Also discussed at the workshop were traffic impact fees. Ordinance 1419, which was adopted Jan. 26, 2009, created Article V — Traffic Impact Fee in the Crestview Code of Ordinances. An impact fee is a fee imposed by a local government on a new or proposed development project to pay for all or a portion of the costs of providing public services for that development.
Ordinance 1603, adopted by council on June 13, 2016, waived the traffic impact fee for a period beginning June 13, 2016 and ending Sept. 30, 2017. If the council wants to increase the fees from the existing 2009 level by any increment, it must be accomplished with the adoption of an ordinance by July 31.
In other council news:
•City leaders received status updates on working projects in a presentation from Growth Management Director Teresa Gaillard. The City Charter Review Committee met for the first time June 13 for an orientation meeting. All meetings are open to the public and held in the Council Chambers at City Hall, 198 Wilson St. N. The next meeting will be held June 29 at 6 p.m.
•City leaders discussed the proposed schedule for rezoning the Downtown Mixed Use District. Meetings are as follows: June 30, certified letters to property owners shall be mailed; July 10, Public Notice Signs shall be posted within the district; July 21, two open forum public information meetings shall be held in the Council Chamber of City Hall — the first will take place 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and the second at 5-7 p.m.; Sept. 11, a city council meeting will be held at 6 p.m. for the ordinance’s first reading. If approved, there will be a request for a special meeting for Sept. 25, at 5 p.m., for the ordinance’s adoption.
•There are openings on the City Board of Adjustment, Code of Enforcement and the Planning and Zoning Board.
•Crestview Historic Preservation Board member Marsha Johns is retiring this week. She received a plaque honoring her 16 years of service to the board.