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City of Crestview rezoning homes from commercial zones to residential
The City of Crestview is now in the process of rezoning nearly 1,000 different homes across the city.
Many are located on the south end of town off of P.J. Adams Parkway.
The rezoning will turn the once commercial zones into residential.
In 2007 the City of Crestview changed their Land Development Code stating the primary use of commercial property could no longer be residential. This might have confused many people.
"It doesn't make since," said Thomas Treadway.
Over a thousand parcels are now having their zoning changed. Because they are living in commercial zoning.
"At one point you could build residential areas in commercial districts, but you can no longer do that," said Elizabeth Roy.
The Future Land Use for these area's was already residential. The problem both the Land Development Code and Future Land Use have to match.
"That's what we're doing at this point is bringing those residential areas into compliance with the future land use map," said Elizabeth Roy.
Many believe having their neighborhoods zoned residential is the way to go.
"This is a quite residential neighborhood," said Thomas Treadway.
As of now if any of the homes were to be destroyed the homeowner would not be able to rebuild on the same property.
Because, currently it's zoned for commercial use. And Future Land use says all structures must be for residential use.
"I own that house free and clear. If that won't let me rebuild well there is nothing I can do," said Thomas Treadway.
But, there is something they could do. The homeowner could change their individual property zoning, but that would cost the resident money.
"They would have to pay money to have it rezoned back to residential from commercial," said Elizabeth Roy.
It could take until October 1st before the zones are changed.
The next meeting on the zoning issue will take place on July 14th at 6:00pm.