Marion County Commissioners approved Optimum RV’s rezoning this week in order to create a new maintenance and repair center on U.S. Highway 441, a report said.
Optimum Dealership Group representative David Knight received approval from the Marion County Board of County Commissioners at its regular meeting on Tuesday, August 17.
The parcel is approximately 2.8 acres in area and is currently zoned B-2 (Community Business) at 7400 South U.S.441, west of the U.S. 431. A-1: General Agriculture is the zone for 0.77 acres. In order to expand the RV maintenance and servicing center, the property was rezoned to B-4: Regional Business.
Knight said that Kimley-Horn is currently working on the site plans for the service center. It may have “five to six bays” and be accessible via U.S. Hwy. 441.
D.J. Berry, a local pastor, spoke during public comment on the rezoning. Berry suggested that the construction of a service center would lead to more traffic, which would be a tragedy waiting to happen. His congregation and neighbors were “nervous”
Kathy Bryant, Commissioner of the Department of Transportation, responded that there had been significant improvements in the area over recent years due to local businesses like Optimum RV. She mentioned the addition of lanes for both northbound and southbound traffic along U.S. Hwy 441 and the reduction in flooding due to stormwater improvements.
Marion County Commissioner Carl Zalak III insisted that any future site plans should include a buffer of 20 feet
The rezoning approval doesn’t allow for a finalized plan. However, staff from the county say they will be taking note of any buffer or wall requests as the plan is being created and revised.