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Monday, November 29, 2021

300-unit townhome complex receives preliminary approval from Marion County officials

A new, 300-unit townhome complex received preliminary approval from Marion County officials this week.

During the regular meeting of the Marion County Planning and Zoning Commission on Monday, members voted to recommend rezoning approval of a planned development that could bring over 300 multi-family, residential, 2-story townhomes to southwest Ocala.

Currently zoned as community business (B-2), the nearly 50-acre plot is located along SW Highway 200, north of SW 69th Court Road, and just south of SW 80th Street. The Sun Country Estates subdivision neighbors the property to its south and Marion Landing subdivision abuts the property to its east.

Rolling Hills of Ocala is located south of SW 80th Street
Rolling Hills of Ocala is located south of SW 80th Street

If approved by the Marion County Board of County Commissioners, the request will rezone the property to planned unit development (PUD). According to county records, applicant Paolo Mastroserio Engineering, on behalf of property owner Rolling Hills of Ocala (J.B. Gadinsky), is proposing a multi-use PUD to include commercial and multi-family residential townhouse development.

Rolling Hills of Ocala PUD
Rolling Hills of Ocala PUD

The site is currently vacant and represents an infill area within the SW Hwy 200 “Triangle” between Hwy 200, I-75, and the Cross Florida Greenway. It was recently cleared for hay production and is essentially a “sandy” habitat. No flood zone, flood prone, or wetland areas are located on the site, nor is it within an Environmentally Sensitive Overlay Zone (ESOZ), according to county records.

The developer is proposing a maximum of 312 residential dwelling units and a maximum of just over 444,000 gross square feet of commercial use. The commercial future land use designation enables either commercial uses with a maximum floor area ratio of one, or residential uses up to eight dwelling units per acre.

The multi-floor townhomes will feature three bedrooms laid out over 1,673 square feet or 1,758 square feet, depending on the design.

Rolling Hills of Ocala townhomes
Conceptual design of townhomes at Rolling Hills of Ocala

A conceptual plan submitted earlier this month shows the architectural design of the townhomes, and specifies that open space amenities will be provided, including an amenity building, passive parks, and a dog park. The passive park areas will include park benches, picnic tables, and a water fountain. The dog park area will be fenced. All parks within the community will be used as recreational areas for residents and will not be open to the general public.

Currently, traffic study methodology has been submitted and is pending final staff review. Completion of the project’s final traffic study is required for any final approval of development plans.

The Marion County Board of County Commissioners will vote on the rezoning of the property during its regular meeting on Tuesday, November 16.

For more information about the property, visit the Marion County Government agenda and video archives.