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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Vine Community Church seeking annexation, rezoning to build new sanctuary in southeast Ocala

The Vine Community Church has plans to construct a new sanctuary on a property it hopes city officials will annex into the city of Ocala.

Ocala City Council members will hear three ordinances during their regular meeting on Tuesday that ask for annexation and changes to the land use and zoning of a 6.15-acre property located at 3540 SE Lake Weir Avenue.

According to Marion County property records, an office building was built on the lot in 1966.

The city says the lot is contiguous to city limits and is eligible for annexation.

The church purchased the property nearly six years ago in December 2015.

Since then, it has continually used the building as an office space.

The Vine Community Church property at 3540 SE Lake Weir Avenue
An aerial view of The Vine Community Church property at 3540 SE Lake Weir Avenue

Now, Vine Community Church officials are seeking annexation of the property in order to obtain city services, a land use change from commercial county to low intensity city, and a zoning change from county regional business to city community business.

If the church’s three ordinances are approved, new construction will still be subject to site plan approval and building permit issuance by the city of Ocala.

In September, the church began offering services out of South Ocala Elementary School, which is located at 1430 SE 24th Road. Services take place every Sunday morning at 10 a.m. and are streamed through the church’s website.

For more information on its services, programs, or previous sermons, visit The Vine Community Church website.

The Ocala City Council meets on the first and third Tuesday of every month at 5:00 p.m. Its next meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 19, at Ocala City Hall, which is located at 110 SE Watula Avenue.