Residential, commercial growth coming to north Crestview

Ashleigh Wilde
Crestview News Bulletin

CRESTVIEW — The Crestview City Council met Monday night to discuss growth to the city.

Two of the major items discussed will affect the north part of the city.

The council approved the construction plans, along with a memorandum of understanding, for a 146-lot subdivision at the corner of Old Bethel Road and Jones Road beside Davidson Middle School. The subdivision will be built on almost 33 acres.

The main entrance to the subdivision will be found on Old Bethel Road. As part of the memorandum of understanding due to possible traffic concerns, the developers will add a second entrance to the subdivision on Jones Road. Jones Road will also be paved from its connection to Old Bethel Road to the second entrance of the subdivision.

“It improves the traffic to the school, which is very important,” said city manager Tim Bolduc. “The developer agreed to do that even though they probably didn’t have to, but they recognized the need.”

Bolduc also said that a timeline for clearing the land and initial construction of the subdivision is unknown at this time.

The council also approved the first reading of the annexation, rezoning and comprehensive plan amendment for 2.18 acres at the intersection of State Road 85 and Airport Road.

The property currently has a house sitting on it, but once the council gives second approval to the plans, the property will be available for use as a commercial development.

According to the city’s documents regarding the ordinances, there is currently no development application for the property.

“Development trends within similar commercial corridors lead staff to believe that the subject area will most likely be developed as a fueling station with a small convenience store,” the documents said. “Possibly with appurtenant automatic car wash and quick service restaurant uses.”

The council also approved an ordinance on first reading that would waive the costs of annexation fees of properties of 10 acres or less. The waiver would last for six months.

This is the second time the moratorium has been approved. The moratorium will allow city staff to finish analyzing the current fee structure of annexation into the city.

“It’s very difficult to raise fees,” Bolduc said. “Putting a moratorium to test the waters and see ’Can we really afford not to have this fee?’ that’s what it’s all about.”