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Rezoning of 1.2-acre plot for multi-family development coming before Ocala officials

A request to rezone a 1.2-acre property in northwest Ocala for the purposes of building a multi-family development will have its first reading during Tuesday’s meeting of the Ocala City Council.

The property owner, A-Deniv Corp, is making the request for the 1.2-acre property located in the 2300 block of U.S. Hwy 27, at the roadway’s intersection with NW Old Blitchton Road, during the June 4 meeting of the council at Ocala City Hall (110 SE Watula Avenue).

Although no conceptual plan or site plan of the development has been provided to city officials, the property owner has reported that it intends to create multi-family housing.

According to city records, the property is currently zoned B-4, General Business, which allows for multi-family residential development in conjunction with a special exception approved by the city. The property owner is seeking to rezone it to R-3, Multi-Family Residential, in order to “facilitate multi-family residential development” on the property.

During the Ocala Planning & Zoning Commission meeting on May 20, the request was met by the advisory board with “opposition” concerning the “neighboring commercial uses and the compatibility between multi-family and commercial uses along the U.S. Highway 27 corridor.”

Located across from a single-family residential subdivision and surrounded by other commercial properties, the plot has sat vacant and undeveloped for years.

The owners of a property in the 2300 block of U.S. Hwy 27 in Ocala are seeking rezoning of the plot to build a multi-family development. (Photo: Google)
The owners of a property in the 2300 block of U.S. Hwy 27 in Ocala are seeking rezoning of the plot to build a multi-family development. (Photo: Google)

A report filed by city staff notes that a “small triangular portion containing approximately 820 square-feet” is excluded from the “rights-of-way of NW Old Blitchton Road, U.S. Hwy 27, and NW 10th Street” due to its “size and orientation.”

“The triangular piece of land is likely unbuildable,” reads the staff report. “Any future development would be relegated to the main portion of the subject property.”

Additionally, the PZC discussed site constraints and the impacts on the allowable density. Although the commission ultimately recommended approval by a vote of 5-1, the applicable code requirements must be met before the project can proceed. Any impacts from those requirements may reduce the number of units built on the property, according to city staff.

A triangular piece of the property is considered "unbuildable" by city staff. (Photo: City of Ocala)
A triangular piece of the property is considered “unbuildable” by city staff. (Photo: City of Ocala)

According to city records, the current minimum density is 3 dwelling units per gross acre, while the maximum density is 18 dwelling units per acre.

The city staff report also shows that the property is not located within a Federal Emergency Management Agency Flood Zone, which means that any future development must include runoff to match pre-development conditions.

“Facilities must be designed to provide flood protection for a 100 year, 24-hour storm event,” reads the report.

“Future development will be subject to site plan review in accordance” with city code, according to the staff report. That includes the “submission of elevations for architectural review to ensure consistency and compatibility with the surrounding area,” and submission of a developer’s agreement.

The first reading of the request will take place during Tuesday’s meeting of the Ocala City Council. The request will not be voted on until its second, and final, reading on June 18.