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Golden Ocala and World Equestrian Center DRI

Golden Ocala Equestrian Lands, LLC, et. al. have submitted a comprehensive plan amendment (number 2020-D01) and planned urban development rezoning application (number 20200101Z) to amend land uses and update provisions applicable to the mixed-use project identified as the Golden Ocala and World Equestrian Center development of regional impact (GO/WEC DRI).

An additional 20.02-acre property currently owned by Marion County Public Schools is also proposed for inclusion in the GO/WEC DRI, although its land use designation consideration is separately identified as application number 2020-L02; for administrative purposes.

Based on the applicant’s proposal, “The project will include single family residential, multi-family residential, commercial, hotel, recreation, equestrian facilities and other uses to support the anticipated equine and event center facilities.” View the applicant’s applications and supporting materials below.

The comprehensive plan ("Plan") amendment application proposes changes to the Plan's future land-use designations for a series of properties, and proposes to change the text of the Plan's future land-use element.

The text changes include creating a new future land use designation "World Equestrian Center" (new policy 2.1.28, and table 2-1), amending/updating Policy 10.5.1 regarding the Golden Ocala (and World Equestrian Center) development of regional Impact (DRI), changing future land use element policy 1.1.2-Future land use map series by changing map 1-Marion County 2045 future land use map to change the Farmland Preservation Area (FPA) boundary, the urban growth boundary (UGB) and reflect the future land use designations changes previously referenced, and updating map 12-Transfer of rights map to reflect the Farmland Preservation Area (FPA) boundary change.The comprehensive plan amendment application materials provided by the applicant may be viewed at the following links below:

Applicant's comprehensive plan amendment 2020-D01 materials:

Table of contents

Cover page

Applicant summary without maps

Applicant summary map series:

map 1 map 2 map 3 map 4
map 5 map 6 map 7 map 8
map 9 map 10-figure 2 maps 11-14


Exhibit A Application packet without maps

Exhibit A Application package map series:

map 1 map 2 map 3
map 4 map 5 map 6
map 7 map 8 map 9


Exhibit B Environmental and archaeological analysis

Exhibit C Transportation analysis

Exhibit D Needs analysis

Exhibit E Urban sprawl analysis

Exhibit F Consistency analysis

Applicant's planned unit development (PUD) rezoning application materials:

PUD rezoning applications

Existing GO-WEC PUD concept master plan

Proposed GO_WEC PUD concept master plan

The project is an expansion of the existing Golden Ocala PUD and World Equestrian Center special-use permit projects. The resulting total project area is about 4,224 acres. A certain amount of entitlements already exist, including 798 single-family residential lots, 125 equestrian estate tracts, 325,000 square feet of commercial space and 138 hotel rooms.

Proposed uses and their general maximum development amounts
Low residential 400

Medium residential
(Including original Golden Ocala PUD)


Equestrian estates
(minimum three-acre tracts)

High residential 408
Condominium units 170
Rural 16
Total residential units 2,397
Commercial 4,000,000 gross square feet
Equestrian facility 13,500 seats
Hotel 1,350 rooms
Recreational vehicle park 280 units/parking spaces

The amendment and PUD rezoning applications will be considered by the Marion County Planning & Zoning Commission and the Marion County Board of County Commissioners (BCC) in a series of public hearings. The schedule of public hearings, agenda materials and staff recommendations are as follows:

Application consideration timeline
Meetings 2020 Purpose Reports

Public hearing 1: Planning & Zoning Commission

May 11, 2020
5:30 p.m.

Acting as the local planning agency (LPA), consider the plan amendments and PUD rezoning and make recommendations regarding each request.

Rescheduled to 5:30 p.m. on May 11
Relocated to McPherson Governmental Campus auditorium, 601 SE 25th Ave., Ocala 

Supplemental participation and assistance information may be viewed here.

Staff comprehensive plan report  

Staff zoning report

Public hearing 2: Board of County Commissioners

May 28, 2020
2 p.m.

Consider the plan amendments and determine if the amendments should be transmitted for state and regional agency review. (No formal action is taken on the PUD rezoning at this meeting.)

Rescheduled to 2 p.m. on May 28
Relocated to McPherson Governmental Campus auditorium, |601 SE 25th Ave., Ocala

Public hearing 3: Board of County Commissioners


Currently projected for July 21
2 p.m.

Consider the plan amendments and determine whether or not to adopt, adopt with changes, or deny the request.

If the outcome of the plan amendments is favorable (adopt or adopt with changes), then the county commission will consider the PUD rezoning and determine whether or not to adopt, adopt with changes, or deny the request.