April 24, 2015

Development

Cresting

Charlotte Crane | 5/1/2006

County planners and others monitoring growth in Crestview, the 18,500-population county seat of Okaloosa County, are coming up with some startling numbers.

If all 8,300 housing units in the city's review pipeline are built, that new construction alone could add more than 21,000 residents. Outside the city limits, the pace of development is even more arresting. Between rezonings, land-use changes and subdivision plans processed last year and through February this year, another 13,996 housing units are being blueprinted for northern Okaloosa, including many around Crestview -- roughly equating to another 34,990 people, says county planning manager Terry Jernigan. Among the projects is a 900-home development by developer D.R. Horton that's being considered for annexation into the city. Annexations could eventually double Crestview's footprint.

To cope, the city plans to double sewage treatment capacity, add two fire stations and draft connector roads away from thoroughfares.

Driving the rush of residents to Crestview are an abundance of land and lower prices. The county's southern half is essentially built out, says Jernigan. The influx reflects metro-area job growth -- 4.2% between 2004 and 2005 -- along with scheduled Eglin Air Force Base expansion and in-migration of sun-seeking retirees.

Tags: Housing/Construction, Northwest

Digital Access

DIRECT DIGITAL ACCESS
Add digital to your current subscription, purchase a single digital issue, or start a new subscription to Florida Trend.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
An overview of the features and articles in this month's issue of Florida Trend.

ACCESS THIS ISSUE »

Florida Business News

Florida Trend Video Pick

Chipola Feather Fest Preview
Chipola Feather Fest Preview

Between April 24-26 the Great Florida Birding & Wildlife Trail festival will take place in the Chipola area of the Florida Panhandle. See what the birders are looking for.

Earlier Videos | Viewpoints@FloridaTrend

Ballot Box

About the Everglades, we should...

  • Increase efforts toward restoration, esp. in light of rising sea level
  • Status quo - keep trying to fix it, as we have been
  • Get realistic. We will never restore it with millions living in South Florida.

See Results

Ballot Box
Subscribe