Second Nine Partners, LLC is seeking approval to rezone a 25-acre property for the construction of a multi-family development in northwest Ocala.
The request will first be presented to the Marion County Planning and Zoning Commission during its regular meeting which is being held today at 5:30 p.m.
The 25.66-acre site is located on NW Blitchton Road and NW 49th Avenue in the Shops at Foxwood subdivision.
Applicant Halff Associates, Inc., on behalf of the owner (Second Nine Partners), seeks a rezoning of the land from B-2 (Community Business) to PUD (Planned Unit Development) along with a separate request to amend the future land use designation from Commercial to Urban Residential.
Second Nine Partners is seeking a multi-family development that would consist of up to 396 units which is just shy of the 410-unit maximum that is permitted on the site.
The proposed maximum height of each building would be 50 feet. The setbacks would be 20 feet in the front and rear of each building, 8 feet on the side, and the buildings would be separated by a minimum of 10 feet.
The developer’s conceptual plan currently does not show any buffers along NW 49th Avenue. Marion County would require a C-type buffer along all right-of-ways. Internal buffers were not proposed and would be left up to the developer’s discretion.
Second Nine Partners is proposing that 20% of the land would be an open space, but the plan currently does not include calculations to show how the open space would be counted. While the PUD does propose two common areas that would include an amenity center, the developer’s plan does not specify what would be included with the common areas or amenity center.
According to county staff, the proposed site has the potential to generate up to 230 peak hour trips, and approval of the land use designation amendment would reduce the potential traffic impacts of the site. A traffic study would be required and would need to include the entirety of the parcel.
County staff is recommending approval of the land use amendment along with approval of the rezoning request with the following development conditions:
- The PUD shall consist of up to 396 dwelling units and accompanying accessory amenities (clubhouse, pool, sport court, playground, stormwater open space, dog park, and tree grove).
- Building heights shall be limited to 50 feet.
- A traffic study must be completed.
- All roads, parking lots, sidewalks, and buffers must meet the requirements of the Marion County Land Development Code.
- The PUD must provide 20% open space.
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, March 15.