April 23, 2014

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 ditgital 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

Water is the instrument at Florida Orchestra concerts
Water is the instrument at Florida Orchestra concerts

Florida Orchestra Percussionist John Shaw and his water basin will be center stage for the Tan Dun Water Concerto, a unique production of light and sound being performed by the Florida Orchestra.

Earlier Videos | Viewpoints@FloridaTrend

Ballot Box

How quickly must we act to protect Florida's dying springs?

  • Immediately - Florida's House and Senate must pass SB 1576
  • Not a priority - issue can be postponed
  • This shouldn't even be on the agenda

See Results

Ballot Box
Subscribe