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Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Proposed 182-home development Copper Leaf gets preliminary approval

A modification of the developer’s agreement for the Copper Leaf subdivision received preliminary support from county officials for its new, 182-home development planned in Ocala.

During last week’s regular meeting of the Marion County Planning and Zoning Commission, members voted in favor of modifying the developer’s agreement for a proposed 182-home development in Ocala. The recommendation from the PZC will be presented during a regular meeting of the Marion County Board of County Commissioners.

The proposed Copper Leaf subdivision consists of nearly 75 acres located approximately one mile east of SR 200, on the south side of SW 103rd Street Road, north of Palm Cay, east of Oak Run-Eagle’s Point, and south of the Hidden Oaks subdivision.

DRAFT Planning and Zoning Board approves Copper Leaf 182 home development in Ocala 1

The Board of County Commissioners previously approved a Comprehensive Plan Amendment, and also required a corresponding Developer’s Agreement for a residential development site.

The Agreement sets general development requirements, including a need for central water, sewer, and water conservation methods. There currently has been no development activity on the proposed site, according to county records.

Clayton Properties Group, the current property owner, has requested a modification to the Agreement that would establish individual provisions for buffering and access restriction to adjacent developments.

With PUD (Planned Unit Development) properties to the south and east, all existing development around the Copper Leaf site has been established as single family residential. The proposed development of Copper Leaf would remain consistent with that residential development trend.

The following proposed modifications to the agreement are being submitted for the commissioners’ approval on November 16:

  • The property shall be limited to usage for single-family residential purposes only, or uses currently allowable under the current zoning and future land use designation of the property.
  • A visual buffer consisting of vinyl privacy fencing, a minimum of 6-feet high, shall be provided and maintained surrounding the perimeter of the property. The required fencing shall comply with sight-distance requirements, particularly along SW 103rd Street Road, and may include finishing and color-matched vinyl gates for utility installation and maintenance.
  • The strip of property extending north-to-south along the east side of the King’s Court subdivision shall remain a natural area, including the prohibition of utility easements.
  • There shall be no fully paved roadway connections accommodating daily vehicle traffic between the property and any adjoining subdivisions. However, a gated and stabilized vehicle emergency access shall be provided to SW 73rd Avenue.
  • All development of the property shall comply with applicable transportation and school concurrency requirements.

The matter will next go before the Marion County Board of County Commissioners on Tuesday, November 16. The board meets on the first and third Tuesday of every month at 9 a.m. at the McPherson Governmental Complex, located at 601 SE 25th Avenue in Ocala.