Ocala SW 80th Avenue LLC is seeking approval from Marion County officials to rezone a 132-acre property for construction of 648 residential units in southwest Ocala.
The application will first be presented to the Marion County Zoning and Planning Commission at its meeting on Monday, April 25.
The vacant 132.26 acre site is located between SW 80th Avenue and SW Highway 200/SW 60th Avenue. 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 (102 acres) and High Residential (30 acres) is also requested to increase the development potential of the site.
Ocala SW 80th Avenue LLC is proposing a PUD that would include up to 648 residential units (408 single family residences and 240 townhouses). 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 use planning.
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.
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 (club house, swimming pool, sports field, playground, rain area, dog park, grove of trees, etc.) and a traffic study must be carried out.
The Planning and Zoning Commission’s recommendation is not final, as that decision is left to the Marion County Board of Commissioners. This council will decide whether to accept or reject the recommendation of the Planning and Zoning Commission at its regular meeting on Tuesday, May 17.