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Tuesday, July 23, 2024

City officials to consider rezoning of 1.2-acre site for multi-family development

The owner of a 1.2-acre lot in northwest Ocala is seeking the city’s approval to rezone the property in order to make a new, multi-family development.

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)

The rezoning ordinance will come up for a vote at the Ocala City Council meeting on Tuesday, June 18. The ordinance was first introduced during the council’s previous meeting on June 4.

Owned by A-Deniv Corp., the property in question has sat vacant for many years. It is located in the 2300 block of U.S. Hwy 27, at the intersection of NW Old Blitchton Road and U.S. Hwy 27.

In May, Ocala Planning and Zoning Commission members expressed concerns over “neighboring commercial uses and the compatibility between multi-family and commercial uses along the U.S. Highway 27 corridor.” Ultimately, the group voted 5-1 to recommend approval of the rezoning ordinance.

Although the property owner has reported its intent to create multi-family housing at the site, a conceptual plan and site plan of the development have not been provided to the city.

Regardless of whether or not it is rezoned, 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.

According to a report by city staff, 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.”

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)

“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.”

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.

Any future development must include runoff to match pre-development conditions, as the property is not located within a Federal Emergency Management Agency Flood Zone, according to the city.

“Future development will be subject to site plan review in accordance” with city code, according to the staff report.

The Ocala City Council regularly meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 4 p.m. at Ocala City Hall (110 SE Watula Avenue).