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Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Woodridge Place seeks rezoning of 80 acres for 321-unit residential development in NE Ocala

Woodridge Place is seeking approval from Marion County officials to rezone an 80-acre property for the construction of 321 single-family detached residential units.

The request will be presented to the Marion County Board of County Commissioners during its regular meeting on Tuesday, March 15.

The 80.3-acre site consists of an existing parcel and part of a second parcel on the east side of NE Jacksonville Road in Ocala. The site is approximately one-half of a mile north of NE 49th Street and a quarter of a mile south of NE 63rd Street.

Woodridge Place seeks rezoning of 80 acres in NE Ocala for proposed 321 unit residential development
The 80.3-acre site consists of two parcels on the east side of NE Jacksonville Road in Ocala

The proposed site shares boundaries with the Marion Highlands, Courtney Acres, Fore Acres North, and Fore Acres subdivisions to the north, south, and east.

The property owner, Harvey W. Vandeven, along with applicant Tillman and Associates Engineering, LLC, are seeking a rezoning of the land from R-1 (Single-Family Dwelling) to PUD (Planned Unit Development).

While the PUD’s most recent conceptual plan illustrates 240 residential units, the applicant is requesting approval for up to 321 residential units. The conceptual plan does not include any internal buffers between the units.

Woodridge Place seeks rezoning of 80 acres in NE Ocala for proposed 321 unit residential development 1
The PUD conceptual plan for Woodridge Place

The conceptual plan provides for a minimum of just over 16 acres of open space. An amenity area featuring a 2,000-square-foot clubhouse with a pool, play areas, and a sports field and/or court will also be provided.

County staff is recommending that further amenity details be provided with the project’s formal PUD master plan. Staff noted that an RV/boat storage area, which is typical of a larger residential development, was not proposed. In the event that such a storage facility is proposed, staff recommends that it be located internally and not along, or within 100 feet, of any PUD perimeter boundary.

The proposed development would include 50-foot and 60-foot-wide lots with alternative depths of 115 feet and 140 feet. The lots with increased depth would be along the site’s north, south, and east boundaries that are shared with the Marion Highlands, Courtney Acres, Fore Acres North, and Fore Acres subdivisions.

Multiple access points into the development would be required since the PUD exceeds 50 residential units. A single access point to NE Jacksonville Road is proposed, along with two additional access points to the east that would accommodate interconnection with the adjoining residential subdivisions (Courtney Acres to the northeast at NE 59th Street and Fore Acres North at NE 56th Street). County staff is recommending that an additional connection be provided to the Marion Highlands subdivision.

The development would generate up to 3,041 daily trips and 312 evening peak hour trips, according to county staff. Right-of-way dedications would be required and a final PUD traffic study will need to be conducted to determine any necessary traffic improvements.

County staff is recommending approval of the rezoning request with developmental conditions that include the following: a traffic study must be completed; the PUD master plan must include details for the full connected access to adjoining subdivisions; and further amenity provision details must be provided.

The rezoning request will be presented to the county commissioners for approval or denial during their next regular meeting on Tuesday, March 15 at the McPherson Governmental Complex located at 601 SE 25th Avenue in Ocala.