CRESTVIEW — The City Council has unanimously passed an ordinance that ensures Crestview’s compatibility with the military.
City leaders in March sent the state a proposed comprehensive plan amendment; Monday’s action adopts recommendations from Eglin Air Force Base's Small Area Studies report.
Reducing light pollution — which can distract pilots using night vision — and limiting residential development near areas of aircraft noise are among the revisions.
Destin attorney Jack Dorman — working as a liaison between the city and state — said the state had no objections to the amendments.
No resident had publicly criticized the revisions, either.
"What we are trying to do is continue economic growth without conflicting or impacting the mission of the military," he said.
Amending the comprehensive plan falls in accordance with Florida Statute, he said.
"It’s a critical policy; it mandates that local governments must be consistent with the (comprehensive) plan and in no way conflict it," Dorman said.
In other matters, the council:
●Approvedan emergency evacuation shelter agreement with the Okaloosa County School District and Crestview Public Services Department. It allows Shoal River Middle School to use Old Spanish Trail Park for emergencies during the 2013-14 school year.
●Accepted the $29,424 low bid for a breathing air compressor for the Crestview Fire Department. The amount will come from a $35,000 grant.
●Approved an invoice of $898.38 for Allen, Norton and Blue, P.A.’s professional services.
●Appointed Councilman Mickey Rytman as the Tax Increment Financing representative for the city of Crestview. Councilman Shannon Hayes will serve as reserve appointee.
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