In 2017, the City of Fort Walton Beach selected Matrix Design Group to develop the Downtown Master Plan.
Early in the planning process, it was determined that transportation would be the central focus of the Plan. As such, the Master Planning process was divided into two phases: the transportation alternatives phase and the urban design and infrastructure phase.
Over the course of 2017 and 2018, stakeholder and public input meetings were held as the Master Plan was developed. The final Downtown Master Plan was accepted by City Council on May 14, 2019.