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Ocala SW 80th Avenue LLC seeking approval for construction of 648-unit residential development

Ocala SW 80th Avenue LLC is seeking approval from Marion County officials to rezone a 132-acre property for the construction of 648 residential units in southwest Ocala.

The request will first be presented to the Marion County Planning and Zoning Commission during its meeting on Monday, April 25.

The 132.26-acre vacant site is located between SW 80th Avenue and SW Highway 200/SW 60th Avenue. County staff highlighted that the site is located within a few miles of multiple schools (Saddlewood Elementary, Liberty Middle, and West Port High), grocery and retail stores, restaurants, hospitals, a library, and several parks.

Ocala SW 80th Avenue LLC seeking approval for construction of 648 unit residential development
The proposed site for the 648-unit development is located between SW 80th Avenue and SW Highway 200/SW 60th Avenue

The property owner and applicant, Ocala SW 80th Avenue LLC, is seeking a rezoning of the land from A-1 (General Agriculture) to PUD (Planned Unit Development). A proposed amendment to the future land use designation, from Low Residential to Medium Residential (102 acres) and High Residential (30 acres) is also being requested to increase the development potential for the site.

Ocala SW 80th Avenue LLC is proposing a PUD that would consist of up to 648 residential units (408 single-family residences and 240 townhomes). Under the proposal, the maximum building height would be 40 feet, and setbacks would be 20 feet in the front, 15 feet in the rear, and 5 feet on the side. The buildings would be separated by a minimum of 10 feet.

Ocala SW 80th Avenue LLC looking to construct 648 residential units
Conceptual plan for the Planned Unit Development (PUD)

The PUD is proposing 20% open space for the site and indicates the inclusion of multiple common areas, including an amenity center. County staff noted that the proposal does not provide any details regarding what would be included with the common areas or amenity center.

County staff has concerns regarding access to the PUD. Only one access point was proposed on SW 80th Avenue along with one emergency non-paved access point that would connect to SW 80th Avenue. According to the Land Development Code, any development with 50 or more residential units is required to have at least two full access points that are preferably on different roads.

In the event that the proposed PUD is unable to find a second full access to the development site, then county staff has indicated that the number of allowed units within the PUD would be reduced to be more consistent with the requirements of the Land Development Code.

A detailed traffic impact study will be required to examine the operational impacts on all the adjacent roadways that would be impacted by the PUD. County staff stated that turn lane and signal improvements may be required, especially at the entrance of the development.

County staff is recommending approval of the future land use designation amendment, and staff also recommends approval of the rezoning request with developmental conditions that include the following: the PUD must have two full access points that are approved by the development review committee, amenity details must be provided (clubhouse, pool, sports court, playground, stormwater open space, dog park, tree grove, etc.), and a traffic study must be completed.

The planning and zoning 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, May 17.