CRESTVIEW — The land behind Lowe's in Crestview could soon see major changes.

There are approximately 100 acres in the area that can be used. A portion of the land has been developed as part of an adjacent sanitary sewer treatment facility. Discussion regarding the remainder of the property includes the possible development of training facilities for the Crestview Police and Fire departments. This may include the creation of a gun range. The use of the rest of the land has not been discussed.

“You do have options for this. You can go however you want to go,” said the city’s consultant, who provided input regarding the plan amendment. “Since it will be in the public lands category, any development will have to be approved in a public hearing process.”

The city council voted to approve the ordinance that would allow the city, not the county, to have control of the land for future use.

In other business, Mayor David Cadle mentioned recognizing the Crestview High School basketball team, who won the state championship in basketball.

“The city needs to recognize this team the best way we can,” Cadle said.

Cadle had been in talks with CHS principal, Dexter Day, regarding a ceremony to celebrate the victory.

After speaking with other school officials, Day said the city could make a sign for the entrances of the city that mentions the 2019 championship team.

“The sign would say something along the lines of ‘Welcome to Crestview. Home of the 2019 Region 7A State Champions,’” said Cadle.

The sign would be unveiled during the celebratory ceremony, which would be a community-wide event. The ceremony date is unknown at this time.

“I love Crestview High,” said council member Shannon Hayes. “This is a great recognition.”

“We can’t do enough for them,” said council member Joe Blocker. “Let’s recognize them. This is once in a lifetime.”

Council member Bill Cox agreed with his fellow council members.

“We should really celebrate and recognize this achievement,” Cox added. “I’m all for it.”

The council also appointed a new member to the Community Redevelopment Board (CRA) to replace Ron Gautney, who resigned from the position.

There were four applicants for the position. Three of the applicants currently serve on the Grant Review Committee for the CRA board. The fourth applicant is a member of the Main Street Board.

“We have four qualified individuals,” Cox said. “That’s good, but we only have one opening.”

The council appointed Linda Parker to the position by a vote of 3-1, with one member absent.

Parker is a life-long resident of Crestview and a downtown business owner. She served on the City Council for 12 years. She previously sat on the CRA board for 12 years.