Riverfront Master Plan

Milton & Bagdad, FL

Applied Expertise

  • Economic Development
  • Downtown Development
  • Heritage & Tourism
  • Recreation
  • Trails
  • Urban Design
  • Waterfronts


In partnership with Santa Rosa County, FL, and the Village of Bagdad, peter j. smith & company, inc. was retained by the City of Milton, FL to prepare an iconic Riverfront Master Plan. Located on the pristine Blackwater River in Florida’s panhandle, the purpose of the master plan is to transform the riverfront into a regional destination that will revitalize the community and promote economic development. With both communities designated Historic Districts, the master plan includes detailed design guidelines to ensure new development is context sensitive and compatible with the heritage character of both communities.

The future of Milton and Bagdad maintains the fine balance between small town charm and modern urban life. The Plan promotes Milton as a center for eco-tourism and arts and crafts, and Bagdad as a heritage village and outdoor museum interpreting the story of Old Florida. Core issues addressed in the master plan include reconnecting the downtown to the water’s edge, enhancing the quality of the public realm, identifying infill/redevelopment opportunities for the private sector, expanding water-based recreation and strengthening the link between Milton and Bagdad. The highlight of the riverfront is a proposed iconic boardwalk, symbolic of the river, eddying and languishing in the sun as it slowly snakes along the river. The Riverfront Master Plan connects residents and visitors to the Blackwater River providing experiences that enhance quality of life, and connections to the environment and the communities’ history.


2014 Outstanding Planning Award - Comprehensive Planning, WNY Section of the NY Upstate Chapter of the American Planning Association

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