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Ormond Beach Observer Monday, Jan. 28, 2019 10 months ago

New board to help Ormond update downtown master plan

The Downtown Steering Committee will be made up of 15 people.
by: Jarleene Almenas News Editor

Ormond Beach will soon have another advisory board, as the city works to install a 15-person committee to help develop an updated downtown master plan for 2019. 

The Downtown Steering Committee will aid in the process by conducting design workshops. This is not a new concept — A city memo states that this was done in 2007 with the last master plan update. Eight of the board members are a result of City Commission nominations, and seven are nominees from other city boards. The city has budgeted $25,000 for the master plan update.  

The memo also states that the Downtown Steering Committee is designed to receive a wide range of input, build trust and discuss concerns, foster a shared vision, increase the likelihood of implementing the master plan and produce a plan that targets key city initiatives based on community information. 

The City Commission discussed its nominations at the workshop on Jan. 23. In addition to zone representatives, the board will include one downtown resident, one downtown business owner and a commissioner. The nominations are as follows:

  • Commissioner Dwight Selby nominated local developer and business owner Lewis Heaster.
  • Commissioner Troy Kent nominated Dorian Burt, an agent who works with local developer Bill Jones. 
  • Commissioner Susan Persis nominated Katie Tripp, who ran against Florida Rep. Tom Leek to represent District 25 in last year's election.
  • Commissioner Rob Littleton nominated Ashly Rose, owner of Dollface Hair Refinery.

Mayor Bill Partington's nomination, and the business owner and resident, are still in the works. Also nominated to serve on the board are Ellen Needham of the Historic Landmark Preservation Board, Lori Tolland of the Planning Board, Thomas MacDonald and Ryck Hundredmark of Ormond Beach MainStreet, Debbie Cotton of the Chamber of Commerce, Bonda Garrison of the Historical Society and Nancy Lohman of the Ormond Memorial Art Museum board.

The commission will review appointments at its meeting on Feb. 19, with the hopes of the committee beginning to meet in March.


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