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Daniels Lots, LLC seeks rezoning approval for proposed 4-acre multi-family development in SE Ocala

Daniels Lots, LLC is seeking approval from county commissioners to rezone a 4-acre property for a multi-family development in southeast Ocala.

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

The 4.58-acre site, which is located at 7521 Bahia Road in Ocala, has a maximum development capacity of 36 units.

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The 4.58-acre property is located at 7521 Bahia Road

Access to the property would be from Bahia Road, and residential use of the property would likely result in a lower traffic impact than the current commercial use, according to county staff.

The request was first presented to the Marion County Planning and Zoning Commission during its regular meeting on Monday, January 24. County staff recommended denial of this rezoning request since they feel that a multi-family development is not consistent with the surrounding land uses.

The subject property is adjacent to a Planned Unit Development (PUD), and county staff indicated that a PUD proposal for this property would be more suitable.

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The property is located adjacent to a Planned Unit Development (PUD)

The planning and zoning commission ignored the county’s recommendation and voted four-to-two in favor of approving the rezoning request.

Greg Lord, the commission chairman, voted in favor of approval. He mentioned that Daniels Lots would still be required to bring in a site plan for the proposed development, and proper buffers would also be required between the development and the adjacent PUD.

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 Thursday, February 17.

County staff is once again recommending denial of this request. They have concerns that the proposed site is located near the PUD, the Lake Diamond Golf Course Driving Range, and other single-family homes.

While county staff states that multi-family residential homes would not adversely affect the public’s interest, they contend that it is not consistent with the single-family residential development patterns that have been established in the area.

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