Bagdad Historic Zoning & Design Standards
Santa Rosa County, Florida (2008)
The Bagdad community is located at the confluence of the Blackwater River and Escambia Bay in Santa Rosa County. Settled in the early-nineteenth century as a fishing village, it is now listed on the National Register and has the largest stock of Creole Cottages known to exist this far east. The district, comprised of approximately 140 buildings, had a special historic zoning, but lacked specificity and was a constant source of public debate. The Walker Collaborative (TWC) was hired by the County to evaluate the district, lead a public input process, and rewrite the zoning regulations and develop a new set of more detailed design standards. The final draft of the zoning and standards has been adopted by the Board of Commissioners.