District 4 Master Plan

Duplex rezoning request denied

Duplex rezoning request denied

County commissioners grappled with housing needs and zoning realities Feb. 28, ultimately siding with neighbors who opposed a rezoning request. Brett Ramsey of Ramsey & Walker LLC had asked the commissioners to rezone a lot near Panhandle Trail to allow construction of duplexes. Read the full article in the March 7 issue of Navarre Press. […]

The County Commissioners failed on the master plan

The County Commissioners failed on the master plan

Here’s a question. If a plan is formulated based on robust voter input and if that plan is the pillar on which the representative of that area is elected by nearly 75 percent of the voters in his district and if the voting body has been discussing wanting the elements of this plan for nearly […]

District 4 plan draws mixed reviews

District 4  plan draws mixed reviews

Outright adoption or even acceptance of the District 4 Master Plan was more than the Santa Rosa County commissioners could swallow Jan. 24. Of the five commissioners, three failed to throw support behind the document that took 19 months, hundreds of public comments, multiple public hearings and $150,000 of taxpayer funds to create. Read the […]

Comment period closing for District 4 Master Plan

Comment period closing for District 4 Master Plan

Citizens wanting to weigh in on Navarre’s future have until Dec. 7 as the public comment period for the District 4 Master Plan is coming to a close. In September 2017, the Board of County Commissioners selected Matrix Design Group at a cost of $150,000 to create a master plan for the future of District […]

What kind of life do you want to lead?

What kind of life do you want to lead?

As internationally celebrated urban planner Ryan Gravel discussed the massive concerns for infrastructure as part of CivicCon in Pensacola, he said the solutions come down to one question. He asked the crowd gathered in the Rex Theater Nov. 5: What kind of lives do we want to live? Read the full article in the Nov. […]

County rejects hotel; eyes District 4 Master Plan

County rejects hotel; eyes District 4 Master Plan

County commissioners squashed a plan to build a hotel and RV site inside the Navarre Beach Marine Park, unanimously voting against a lease amendment for the property during a special rezoning meeting Oct 25. Attorney Will Dunaway, of the Clark Partington law firm, represented the potential buyer and developer, NOBC LLC. That company is registered […]

Shooting for the moon in Navarre

Shooting for the moon in Navarre

The District 4 Master Plan has been revealed, and it is full of some great ideas: a plan for phasing in more walkability, new downtown friendly land development codes and lots of green space. We like where Matrix is going with this, especially when you look at the new overlay zoning. It intends to encourage […]

Navarre guiding document draft ready for show

Navarre guiding document draft ready for show

Residents of Navarre will get their first chance Thursday evening to see the fruits of a year’s effort of planning and public comment to shape Navarre’s future through the District 4 Master Plan. Last September, the Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners approved roughly $150,000 to pay consulting firm Matrix Design Group to create a District 4 […]

Cinema says farewell, downtown Fort Walton focuses on facelift

Cinema says farewell, downtown Fort Walton focuses on facelift

When Navarre resident James Coleman purchased the defunct Cinema Plus in Fort Walton, the sky was the limit. Coleman said the many memories that folks shared of the theater inspired him to invest in keeping it open in 2014. Read the full article in the Sept. 27 issue of Navarre Press. Visit www.navarrepress.com/subscribe to view […]

Residents intensify push for Whitesands sidewalk

Residents intensify push for Whitesands sidewalk

Larry Hoffman was hit by a car while jogging along Whitesands Boulevard on Navarre Beach. Now he is working to make sure it does not happen to anyone else. Hoffman was jogging about a foot off the shoulder of the road, part of his daily routine, when a vehicle hit him from behind on March […]

Four things to know: Zoning Board

Four things to know: Zoning Board

Santa Rosa County volunteers of the Zoning Board met Aug. 9 in Tiger Point, voting on a variety of land development code exceptions and changes. Here are some highlights of the meeting: More storage units on horizon Zoning Board members recommended approval for rezoning a property along U.S. Highway 98 to highway commercial (HCD) to […]

Five things to know: Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners

Five things to know: Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners

Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) handled several requests for park funding NYSA playground to get fresh rubber In Navarre, that meant funding to replace the problematic rubber surface for the playground at the NYSA. District 4 Commissioner Rob Williamson questioned why the surface needed to be replaced so shortly after it was installed. […]

Development and zoning tops debate questions

Development and zoning tops debate questions

Questions repeatedly returned to issues of development and allowing exceptions to the land development code during the Santa Rosa Republican Women’s county commissioners candidate forum Tuesday. The questions were submitted by the members in attendance, and candidates for both District 4 County Commission, representing Navarre, and District 2 representing Milton were invited to answer. District […]

District 4 Master Plan entering home stretch

District 4 Master Plan entering home stretch

By as early as December, the Navarre area could have a master plan on the books to guide future development. Last September, the Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners approved roughly $80,000-$150,000 to pay consulting firm Matrix Design Group to create a District 4 Master Plan for the Navarre, Holley and Navarre Beach area. Read […]

District 4 Master Plan taking shape

District 4 Master Plan taking shape

New and expanded parks, an entertainment and mixed use urban core, miles of new sidewalks and increased interconnectivity, Navarre residents were presented with two plans to transform District 4 Monday night at the District 4 Master Plan second public open house. The District 4 Master Plan began in September 2017. Read the full article in […]

Survey says … Clock ticking for public input on District 4 Master Plan

Survey says … Clock ticking for public input on District 4 Master Plan

Citizens of the Navarre area will have a second chance to weigh in on their community’s future June 11 at the second Santa Rosa District 4 Master Plan Public Open House. Matrix Design Group was selected by the Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) in September 2017 to create a comprehensive guiding document for […]

Consultant outlines 5-year strategy for county economy

Consultant outlines 5-year strategy for county economy

  New staff, expanded infrastructure, improved industrial parks and better websites are among the items on a laundry list of plans that Garner Economics LLC devised for Santa Rosa County’s next five years of economic development. And all of it comes with a price tag. Read the full article in the April 12 issue of […]

Storage units planned for Heart of Navarre

Storage units planned for Heart of Navarre

County Commissioner Lane Lynchard has requested a variance from zoning laws in the Heart of Navarre to build a self-storage business. Lynchard and business partner Nadja Robles plan to build a storage unit facility along Highway 87 north of James M. Harvell Road. The 5.2-acre property is next door to Navarre Cross Fit. The Zoning […]

Residents weigh in on Master Plan

Residents weigh in on Master Plan

  Roughly 200 residents and stakeholders armed with sticky notes and string weighed in on shaping Navarre’s future last week during the District 4 Master Plan’s first open house event at Navarre High School. From high school students to retirees, individuals from diverse backgrounds were asked to give input on everything from what sidewalks should […]

County holds first Master Plan open house

County holds first Master Plan open house

Navarre residents can provide their vision for future growth and give input on the issues, challenges and opportunities face District 4 at a public open house on Tuesday, Feb. 20 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at the Navarre High School cafeteria, 8600 High School Blvd., in Navarre. The meeting is the first pubic hearing in […]

The district 4 Master Plan: a reflection of you

The district 4 Master Plan: a reflection of you

If you have read this paper over the last few months, years or even weeks, you know what issues Navarre is facing. Rapid growth of population, unmanaged stormwater, traffic problems, over taxed infrastructure and a steady disappearance of green spaces are a few. But what do we do about it? For the past five weeks […]

Ghost of planning past

Ghost of planning past

While there has been talk of trying to create a downtown for Navarre, technically a Town Center already exists. Back in 2004, Navarre’s heart was designated as the area east of State Road 87, west of Granada Street, north of U.S. Highway 98 and south of Laredo Street. A panel of citizens volunteered their summer […]

Stakeholders, community leaders weigh in on District 4 Master Plan

Stakeholders, community leaders weigh in on District 4 Master Plan

Planning Navarre’s future is underway, and already several stakeholder groups have had an opportunity to weigh in. But what are they asking for? Navarre Press has previously asked community planning professional and author Quint Studer of Pensacola what methods are used for effectively planned communities, but every community is different. This plan will be primarily […]

Matrix to solidify community vision

Matrix to solidify community vision

   In September, the Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners approved roughly $80,000-$150,000 to pay consulting firm Matrix Design Group to create a District 4 Master Plan for the Navarre, Holley and Navarre Beach area. As development of that plan gets underway, the Navarre Press is taking a look at planning the future of Navarre. […]

Recipe for a well-planned community

Recipe for a well-planned community

In September, the Santa Rosa Board of County Commissioners approved paying $80,000-$150,000 to consulting firm Matrix Design Group to create a District 4 Master Plan for the Navarre, Holley and Navarre Beach area. As development of that plan gets underway, the Navarre Press is taking a look at planning the future of Navarre. As the […]