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Friday, November 18, 2022

Cottages of Ocala rezoning request postponed for 112-unit home development

Cottages of Ocala will be seeking approval from Marion County officials next month for the proposed construction of 112 cottage-style homes in northwest Ocala.

A rezoning request was presented to the Marion County Board of County Commissioners during its regular meeting on Tuesday, December 21.

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 applicant and property owner, McDonald Ventures, LLC, was not present at the meeting. As a result, the commissioners unanimously motioned to move this agenda item to the next regular meeting scheduled on January 4, 2022.

McDonald Ventures was initially seeking to have the property rezoned 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 commissioners feel that a Planned Unit Development (PUD) would be more appropriate for this request. After a brief discussion among the commissioners, they agreed to waive all fees if the applicant returns within one year with a PUD request instead of a rezoning change application.

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.

The Marion County Board of County Commissioners meet on the first and third Tuesday of each month at the McPherson Governmental Campus Auditorium (601 SE 25th Avenue).