Tillman and Associates Engineering moved one step closer to the construction of a new 52-acre, 97-home development in north Ocala.
The Marion County Planning and Zoning Commission approved the rezoning plan for the development during its regular meeting on Monday.
The 52.36 acre, undeveloped site is located south of NE 70th Street.
Applicant Tillman and Associates, on behalf of property owner Michael Harrison, is seeking a rezoning of the land from A-1 (General Agriculture) to PUD (Planned Unit Development).
A concurrent future land use amendment is included with the rezoning request which would change a 20-acre portion of the property from LR (Low Residential) to MR (Medium Residential).
The proposed development would consist of 97 single-family dwellings, and amenities would include a swing set, gazebo, and park benches.
The exterior of the homes would be painted in subtle or neutral tone colors, though brighter colors would be permitted on the building trim and accent areas.
Cliftwood RV Resort is located on the north side of the proposed development site, Poor Boy OK Tires is located to the west, and other residential properties also border the site on the west, east, and south sides.
Due to a current lack of housing in the area, county staff feels that creating a residential community could be beneficial to the area.
The development would be entered from NE 70th Street. According to a traffic assessment submitted by Tillman and Associates, the proposed project would result in an increase of 945 daily trips, 65 morning peak hour trips, and 93 evening peak hour trips.
Development proposals will be subject to review and approval under the County’s Land Development Code, including a study of the traffic which may require additional improvements to the access of the development.
The Marion County Planning and Zoning Commission makes recommendations that are accepted or rejected by the Marion County Board of County Commissioners. The board’s decisions are final.
The Marion County Board of County Commissioners will determine whether to accept or deny the planning and zoning commission’s recommendation for approval during its regular meeting on Tuesday, December 21.