Comprehensive plan talks slated for Wednesday

Staff Reporter
The Destin Log

City leaders will once again take up the Comprehensive Plan 2020 when they meet for a special city council meeting Wednesday.

For the better part of the year, the city has been debating how to proceed with changes to the comprehensive plan. The city hired an outside organization, Canin Associates, to assist them in laying the groundwork.

Discussions have mostly focused on future development and land uses, such as height, intensity and density in four specific planning areas — Crystal Beach, the city's town center, harbor and Holiday Isle areas.

Frustrations have been vocalized by many along Holiday Isle, who were not fans of Canin Associates recommendations for their specific area. Preliminary talks would have allowed for building heights greater than what's currently allowed in the Holiday Isle Improvement Association's existing rules and regulations.

Based on feedback from several workshops and recommendations from the city's local planning agency, a variety of changes to the proposed comprehensive plan have been made.

Once the comprehensive plan is adopted, it will be forwarded to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity for review.

The meeting will be held at the City Hall Annex at 4100 Indian Bayou Trail (next to the Destin Dog Park). For more information, see www.cityofdestin.com.