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Monday, January 24, 2022

Cottages of Ocala seeks rezoning for proposed 112-unit home development

Cottages of Ocala is seeking approval from Marion County officials to rezone a 23-acre property for the construction of 112 cottage-style homes in northwest Ocala.

The request will first be presented to the Marion County Planning and Zoning Commission during its next regular meeting on Monday, November 29.

The 23.24-acre site is located east of NW 44th Avenue and south of NW Blitchton Road.

Cottages of Ocala seeks rezoning for proposed 112 unit home development
The planned location for Cottages of Ocala, a proposed 112-unit development

The owner, McDonald Ventures, LLC, is seeking a rezoning of the property from B-2 (Community Business) to R-3 (Multiple Family Dwelling).

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One of the proposed designs for the cottage-style homes
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Another proposed design for the cottage-style homes

The maximum development capacity on this parcel is 185 units. McDonald Ventures has plans to build 112 cottage-style homes comprising of a mix of two bedroom and three-bedroom units, both with two bathrooms. The maximum height of each unit would be 40-feet.

Cottages of Ocala seeks rezoning to move forward with 112 unit home development
Site map for the proposed 112-unit development

This proposed development would include facilities such as a gazebo, playground, dog park, pavilion, and pool. The proposed open space would be 10.86 acres, which is 47% of the total land, and 314 parking spaces would be provided.

The development would face NW 44th Avenue, so this road would be the main access point for the development. A secondary exit would provide access to U.S. Highway 27.

There is a scheduled extension of NW 44th Avenue to the south that will connect with 40th Street, and an extension to the north that will reach a new I-75 interchange.

County staff is recommending approval, and the commission will make a recommendation on whether to approve this request during its meeting on Monday, November 29.

The commission’s recommendation is not final, as that decision is left to the Marion County Board of County Commissioners. That board will determine whether to accept or deny the planning and zoning commission’s recommendation during its regular meeting on Tuesday, December 21.