Lynn Haven officials want a uniform look for the city
LYNN HAVEN Fla. (WMBB) – Lynn Haven continues to grow and city officials want to make sure that is positive growth.
The commissioners discussed the city’s uniform visual aesthetic, particularly along the Highway 77 corridor. They have specific direction in mind.
“Now is a great time for us to take a look at the aesthetic of Lynn Haven,” said City Commissioner Brandon Aldridge.
After Hurricane Michael three years ago, many buildings were damaged and demolished. Aldridge and the other city commissioners said now is the perfect time to consider how these buildings will be replaced.
“I really want to have something in place for our prosperity in 15 to 20 years to say, you know what, these guys that were there in 2022, they had a lot of foresight and did a really good job,” Aldridge said.
During Tuesday’s workshop, ahead of the committee meeting, Aldridge said he wanted to create building guidelines.
“A red brick building here, a white stucco building here, then two metal buildings here, then another red building, it’s just a mishmash that doesn’t look good at all,” he said. Aldridge said referring to the appearance of the city without any orientation.
He naturally said that current developments, like the new town hall under construction, will allow for a more uniform appearance.
“If you look at northern Georgia, for example, they go for a more mountainous woodland look and they try to keep it aesthetically pleasing for the environment around it,” he said. “And I want to do the same here. A coastal bay looks towards our city.
Aldridge said he didn’t want a restrictive list of standards. He just wants to make Lynn Haven more attractive. Older buildings will have acquired rights once the authorities decide on a new look.
After creating standards for Highway 77, the commissioners said they would do the same for Highway 390.
They plan to hold a workshop in March to gather feedback.