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88-home planned development seeking rezoning approval from Ocala City Council

The owners of a 16-acre property in northwest Ocala are seeking rezoning approval for the site to clear the way for a planned development with 88 single-family homes.

Ocala City Council members will vote on whether or not to rezone the 16.58-acre property from multifamily to planned development during their regular meeting on Tuesday, April 16 at 4 p.m. at Ocala City Hall (110 SE Watula Avenue).

Located in the 1100 block of NW 14th Street, approval of the rezoning request would clear the way for the new Pine Oaks Preserve development, which was first introduced during the council’s meeting on April 2.

The property is currently owned by Smart Fill Investment, LLC and was originally part of the Munden’s Subdivision Plat recorded in 1982. Over the past 50 years, the property has remained vacant and undeveloped and has only changed ownership twice.

Development plans for Pine Oaks Reserve call for the construction of 88 single-family dwelling units with a density of “5.3 units per acre,” according to city records.

Pine Oaks Preserve (Photo: City of Ocala)
Pine Oaks Preserve is seeking rezoning approval for its 16.58-acre site in northwest Ocala. (Photo: City of Ocala)

Proposed amenities include a pedestrian pathway connecting to the William James Walking Trail, a neighborhood playground, and a sidewalk connection along the length of NW 14th Street.

One of the 88 single family dwelling units in new planned development in Ocala
A rendering of a home in the Pine Oaks Preserve, a planned development seeking approval from the Ocala City Council. (Photo: Mastroserio Engineering, Inc.)

The property was purchased by Smart Fill Investments, LLC, in 2022. That group has been working with city staff on development plans and standards for the site, which have gone through multiple rounds of review to date.

According to city records, the projected PM peak hour vehicular trips for the development is 87, meaning no more than 87 vehicles are expected to be on the roadway during peak afternoon traffic hours.

A traffic study is not required for projects that generate less than 100 net new PM peak hour vehicular trips, according to the city.

For more information on this or other topics to be discussed during Tuesday’s city council meeting, access the city of Ocala’s meeting calendar.