Camila Estates gained rezoning approval from Marion County commissioners this week for the construction of a 519-unit residential development in the Silver Springs Shores community in Ocala.
The approval was granted to property owner and applicant, Rainey Investments, LLC, during the Marion County Board of County Commissioners regular meeting on Tuesday.
The property consists of two parcels, totaling 127.91 acres, that are located in the Silver Springs Shores community with Silver Road to the west, the Country Club at Silver Springs Shores to the north, the Marshall Swamp Conservation Area to the east, and Oak Road to the south.
The land will be rezoned from R-1 and PUD (Single-Family Residential and Planned Unit Development) to PUD (Planned Unit Development) in order to construct a residential community that will include 250 townhomes, in blocks of five, and 269 single-family residential homes. There will be a total of 519 residential units.
According to Tillman and Associates, the projected cost of the townhomes and single-family homes is expected to exceed $200,000.
The conceptual plan for the development includes a proposal for 46.21 acres of open space for amenities which will include a 3,000 square foot clubhouse with a pool and playground.
A representative from Tillman and Associates mentioned during Tuesday’s meeting that the development is located near the Silver Springs Shores Community Center, and Tillman and Associates will make a $75,000 donation to the community center for maintenance and upkeep.
Access to the development will be from Silver Road (two connections) and Oak Road (one connection). An additional emergency access point between the townhomes and single-family homes will be maintained via a stabilized grass strip that will be reinforced to accommodate heavy fire service vehicles.
Several Marion County residents addressed the commissioners during the meeting and voiced concerns on the additional traffic that the additional homes will bring onto Silver Road and Maricamp Road. The representative from Tillman and Associates responded to those concerns by stating that an in-depth traffic study will be conducted as part of the master plan for the development, and any traffic-related problems that the development may cause will be addressed.
An initial traffic study of the area indicated that there are approximately 2,400 trips per day on Silver Road and 1,400 trips per day on Oak Road. According to county staff, sufficient capacity exists since the current design of both roads can accommodate up to 11,232 trips per day. County staff also highlighted the availability of the SunTran red route that utilizes Silver Road as part of its hourly service.
Marion County Environment Services will provide centralized water and sewer services for all units, and the development is within the service area of Duke Energy.
The Marion County Board of County Commissioners meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at the McPherson Governmental Campus Auditorium (601 SE 25th Avenue).