Berry Trucking granted rezoning for a new heavy equipment repair facility

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Berry Trucking has obtained rezoning approval from the Marion County Commissioners for the creation of a new heavy equipment repair facility located on West Route 326.

The applicant, on behalf of Berry Trucking, Tillman and Associates Engineering, received approval of the request from the Marion County Board of Commissioners at its regular meeting on Tuesday, November 16.

The two parcels in question, which total 9.04 acres, are located at 3709 West Highway 326 in Ocala. This land is currently zoned A-1 (General Agriculture), and the approved application will rezone the entire property into PUD (Planned Unit Development) to construct a heavy equipment repair facility that will include a paint shop and body.

The Conceptual Plan for the Development of Planned Units (PUD) for the Heavy Equipment Repair Facility which will include a paint and body shop

The land is located on a Christmas tree-shaped plot with a railway line to the east, farmland to the west and two residences below.

The site of the new heavy equipment repair facility

The western boundary of the property will have a 20 foot wide buffer zone consisting of a privacy fence with a canopy, understory tree and continuous shrubs. This buffer zone will also be along the portion of the property near the residential housing to the east and vacant lots to the west.

This house on the property is owned by the plaintiff, Tillman and Associates, and will be removed

The entire eastern part of the property is close to the railroad tracks and there will be a buffer zone consisting of a canopy tree, an undergrowth tree and a chain link fence within 15 feet of the way.

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Railroad tracks run along the east side of the property

Berry Trucking has received approval for light industrial zone (M1) uses. Any request to use a heavy industrial zone (M2) would require a special use permit and the request would have to be submitted to the county commissioners for approval.

Berry Trucking has also received approval for general and special industrial uses (B-1 to B-5).

The list of permitted uses for this property includes: auto repair; painting and bodywork; construction equipment, sale, rental and repair; freight terminal; road or truck freight terminal; general construction; workshop; marshalling yard; truck stop facility; repair of heavy equipment, trucks and trailers; truck terminal or parking lot; and welding shop.

One of the conditions of the rezoning approval is that the property can be used Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Marion County Board of Commissioners meets on the first and third Tuesday of each month at the McPherson Government Campus Auditorium (601 SE 25th Avenue).

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