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Thursday, July 8, 2021

Group seeking rezoning for new proposed 891-home development

A development group is looking for rezoning approval for a new community it hopes to construct in Marion County.

Maro Investment Ocala, LLC and Rock Cluotier will bring the planned unit development (PUD) request for 891 new dwelling units to the Marion County Commission during its next regular meeting on Tuesday, June 15.

The subject property is adjacent to Marion Oaks DRI, just north of SummerGlen along SW 20th Avenue Road and south of Highway 484.

PUD for new development by Maro Investment LLC in Marion County
A proposed PUD for new development by Maro Investment LLC is located along SW 20th Avenue Road

According to county records, the PUD proposes 704 single-family homes and 187 multi-family units, per the conceptual plans. There is a proposed clubhouse and recreational area within the development. In 2014, the subject property was approved for a PUD that consisted of 748 residential units and 24.03 acres of commercial use. That PUD has since expired as it was idle for at least five years.

Since that approval in 2014, the local area has seen several approvals and developments started. Two miles to the west there is a 1,200-acre commerce center that will have a mixture of distribution, industrial, commercial and multifamily. To the north, directly across HWY 484 at the SW 20th Avenue Rd intersection is another commerce center that has been approved and a few smaller commercial stores have also been developed.

Marion Oaks is platted for over 28,000 residential units, just over 7,000 of those units have been developed. SummerGlen is approved for 985 residential units. Marion Oaks has two elementary schools, a middle school, a library, a community center, a large grocery store, and several smaller corner stores or general stores. Marion Oaks also has a fire station and an MCSO substation.

The applicant is requesting to rezone the subject property from PUD to PUD to allow for 891 dwelling units, 704 single family residences and 187 apartment units, consistent with the site’s Commercial and Medium Density Residential future land use designation.