The mission of Horse Farms Forever is to preserve the character and culture that horses, horse farms and the Farmland Preservation Area make unique to Ocala/Marion County. Our vision is to ensure this ‘sense of place’ is protected for future generations.
The proposed DOUBLE GATE ATV PARK is not compatible with the rural character of the surrounding area, which is located within the Farmland Preservation Area. There is no demonstrated need for this proposed use and it is inconsistent with the Comprehensive Plan and guidelines for a Rural Activity Center. If allowed, this use will destroy the quiet Flemington community.
Read letters of support from our members for maintaining the integrity of the Farmland Preservation Area.
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Yesterday, we were alerted to an application with Growth Services to amend the comprehensive plan to allow a Rural Activity Center (RAC) at the intersection of N Hwy 329 and W Hwy 318 – in the heart of the Farmland Preservation Area. This property is owned by the Rudnianyns, the same proponents of the West Ocala Beltway. It is called Blitch Plantation. They are proposing an ATV racetrack with ancillary recreational uses, limited ATV sales and repair, and event venue. They are also proposing an RV park. The Planning hearing is June 1st and the Commission hearing is June 17th. We are in full alert status on this project and will be meeting with the applicants, their planner and the county staff. Stay tuned as we gather more information.