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Golden Ocala and World Equestrian Center DRI

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RLR Investments, Golden Ocala and associated entities have submitted Land Use Amendment and Rezoning applications for a mixed-use project for the Golden Ocala and World Equestrian Center Development of Regional Impact.

Based on the applicants proposal, “The Project will include single family residential, multi-family residential (condominium units), commercial, hotel, recreation, equestrian facilities and other uses to support the horse industry such as stables, bridle/walking trails, etc.” Find the applicant’s supporting materials here:

1. Comprehensive Plan amendment application
2. Planned Unit Development rezoning application
3. Supporting documentation materials, part A
    - Supporting documentation materials, part B
5. Comprehensive Plan amendment staff report
6.  Zoning PUD staff report
7. Development master plan H
8. PUD Master Plan Oct. 13, 2017
9.  Traffic methodology, revised June 21, 2017
     - Traffic study August 2017, part A
     - Traffic study August 2017, part B
     - Traffic study August 2017, part C
     - Traffic study August 2017, part D
10. Department of Economic Opportunity review letter 

The project is an expansion of the existing Golden Ocala Planned Unit Development and World Equestrian Center Special Use Permit uses. It also includes the recently-approved Equestrian Estates subdivision, as well as approximately 1,000 acres of unplatted, rural lands. The total project area is about 3,145 acres. A certain amount of entitlements already exist, including 798 single family residential lots, 125 three-acre Equestrian Estates, 325,000 square feet of commercial space and 138 hotel rooms. Below is a table of total proposed uses for the development:



Approximate acreage

Single-family residence
(within existing Golden Ocala PUD and medium residential)


+/- 1,089

Condominium units


Equestrian Estates
(minimum 3-acre tracts)


+/- 1,458

Total residential units


+/- 2,547

RV park

200 spaces



385 rooms

Other commercial

525,000 square feet

World Equestrian Center

4 indoor arenas and 1 outdoor ring (10,000 seats total); 17 barns, paddocks/schooling warm-up and exhibition rings, parking, derby field, heliport, restaurant, retail areas

+/- 478

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:



Staff reports

Public hearing 1: Planning & Zoning Commission
May 31, 2017

Recommend the BCC transmit to Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO)

Staff comprehensive plan report

Staff zoning report

Public hearing 2: Board of County Commissioners
June 20, 2017

Transmittal to DEO for state review approved

Public hearing 3: Board of County Commissioners
Oct. 17, 2017

Adoption/Denial to be determined