Ocala SW 80th Avenue LLC is seeking approval from Marion County Commissioners to rezone a 132-acre property for construction of 529 single-family residential units in southwest Ocala.
The application will be presented to the Marion County Board of Commissioners at their regular meeting on Tuesday, August 16.
The vacant 132.26-acre site is located on SW 80th Avenue on the east side between SW 74th Street and SW 63rd Street Road.
County staff pointed out that the site is located within a few miles of several schools (Saddlewood Elementary, Liberty Middle and West Port High), grocery and retail stores, restaurants, hospitals, a library and several parks.
The owner and applicant, Ocala SW 80th Avenue LLC, is requesting a rezoning of the land from A-1 (General Agriculture) to PUD (Planned Unit Development). A proposed change to the future land use designation from Low Residential to Medium Residential is also requested in order to increase the development potential of the site.
Ocala SW 80th Avenue LLC offers a PUD consisting of 529 residential units. According to the proposal, the maximum building height would be 40 feet and the setbacks would be 20 feet in the front, 15 feet in the back and 5 feet on the side. Buildings would be separated by a minimum of 10 feet.
The PUD proposes 20% free space for the site and indicates the inclusion of several common areas, including an amenity center. County staff noted that the proposal does not provide any details on what would be included in the common areas or the amenity center.
County staff have concerns about PUD access. A single access point was proposed on SW 80th Avenue as well as an unpaved emergency access point that would connect to SW 80th Avenue. According to the land use planning code, any development of 50 or more residential units must have at least two full access points which are preferably on different roads.
In the event the proposed PUD is unable to find a second full access to the development site, county staff advised that the number of units permitted in the PUD would be reduced to be more in line with code requirements. land development.
A detailed traffic impact study will be required to examine the operational impacts on all adjacent roads that would be impacted by the PUD. County staff said improvements to turn lanes and signals may be needed, particularly at the entrance to the development.
According to county staff, the proposed development would generate nearly 5,460 daily trips and more than 500 peak hour trips. Under current land use and zoning, the traffic generated is “significantly lower”, with just over 1,300 daily trips and nearly 130 trips during peak hours.
Although county staff estimate that there will be sufficient capacity on SW 80th Avenue for traffic, the planning level analysis does not take into account committed traffic from On Top of the World and Calesa. As a result, county staff said the actual capacity available for traffic on SW 80th Avenue after the proposed development is complete may be “less than analysis shows.”
The owner and applicant expects construction to be fully completed within three years, which county staff consider an “overly optimistic” estimate since the proposed development has just begun the process of rezoning and comprehensive plan amendments.
County staff recommends approval of the future land use designation change, and staff also recommends approval of the rezoning application with development conditions that include the following: The PUD must have two full access points that are approved by the development review board, amenity details must be landscaped (clubhouse, swimming pool, sports court, playground, storm water open space, dog park, grove of trees, etc.), and a traffic study must be completed to the satisfaction of the County Engineer and the Director of Planning.
Applications for rezoning and future land use designation will be presented to County Commissioners for approval or denial at their next regular meeting on Tuesday, August 16 at the McPherson Government Complex, located at 601 SE 25th Avenue in Ocala.