OLF-8 Master Plan

Help Plan The Future of Escambia County!

The OLF-8 Master Plan presents a bold opportunity to create a sustainable, prosperous, and productive future for the residents of the Beulah community and Escambia County as a whole.

Through technical and economic research, data analysis, a robust public engagement plan, and best practices in land development, the design of this 500-acre former helicopter training field will lead the way to a brighter future for the entire region. 

How You Can Participate

This site is your place to learn about the OLF-8 Master Plan, voice your ideas and opinions on the project, and get the latest news and updates on the plan.

Take a look around, and check out the many ways you can share your thoughts and feedback. Ready to get started? Click here to take our introductory survey.


What’s Happening Now?

  • OLF8 Master Plan Kicks Off

    Project Website Allows Citizens to Give Input at Their Convenience

    The OLF8 Master Plan project team, led by DPZ CoDesign, has officially launched their website and Facebook page, and the team is ready for your feedback.

    “This OLF-8 project is really a project for the entirety of Escambia County,” said Escambia County District 1 Commissioner Jeff Bergosh. “We need citizens to bring their unique perspective to this project so that our planning team will have the best information to create something that really makes a difference in Beulah and Escambia County as a whole.”

    The OLF8 Master Plan project is an Escambia County-driven initiative to turn the empty helicopter field by Navy Federal Credit Union Campus into a thriving asset for the community. The project team was selected by the Escambia County Commissioners to create a plan to maximize the opportunities for jobs and community uses on this 500 plus acre site in Beulah.

    “Even though we are living in unprecedented times, that is no reason to sacrifice public input, especially on this project,” said team leader Marina Khoury, of DPZ Design. “With this website, we look forward to getting feedback from the community today, which will be very helpful for us leading up to our charrette week in September and beyond.”

    At MyOLF8.com, residents can find many ways to not only learn about the project, but also how to participate as a citizen in the project planning. Learn about the team members guiding the project, read the project goals set out by the county and explore the ample opportunities to leave your own input.

    “This is a really big project for Escambia County, so it’s important to us to know that the citizens will have plenty of opportunities to give their input,” said Terri Berry, Project Coordinator in the Natural Resources Management Department. “We’re excited to finally hear what the community has to say and what they want to OLF8 to be.”

    The website contains an interactive online map where citizens can leave virtual “flags” with their ideas, such as what they would like to see at the location, or if they know something about the geography of a particular portion that would be of interest to the project team. 

    MyOLF8.com also has the ability to conduct public meetings, like charrette week, with a large virtual presence. Charrette week, which begins on September 21, is the team’s chance to sit down with members of the community to hear their concerns and their wishes for the project. 

    During the week, the design team will use that feedback to craft a plan for the site that creates the highest and best use for the community. At the end of the week, the team will have another large presentation where the public input-based plan is debuted. This week will also consist of smaller topic-based meetings to gather citizen ideas and feedback. 

    You can find the full schedule online.

    Project managers said the new concerns over group meetings have pushed many citizen activities online, but with perhaps even better results. 

    “In the last few months, we have observed a larger virtual presence at other charrettes conducted and have seen promising results,” said Khoury. “It is our aim to be as inclusive as possible and we expect to receive more input online than we could have expected in person. The platform we are using will make it easy for anyone to leave a comment, and we will easily be able to track them.”

    Be sure to follow along with the project on Facebook, as well as the website, where we will be posting regular updates.

    Contact: Brooke Fleming
    brooke@impactcampaigns.com
    (850) 748-3285‬

  • Technical Kick-off Meetings
    Technical kick-off meetings were held on Wednesday and Thursday, May 20-21, 2020. These meetings are the beginning of work in earnest on OLF-8. Following the kick-off, the consultant team will begin collecting background information on the site and community, study technical information, economics, demographics, and other data. See the Events Page for information on upcoming meetings, including when the background analysis report will be prepared and presented.

Want more information? Click here for all the latest updates on OLF-8!


About the OLF-8 Master Plan

Check out this quick video with Marina Khoury of DPZ CoDesign, lead consultant on the project, about the OLF-8 Master Plan!