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Leadership Group

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"To create an avenue of approach fueled by a unified community vision that provides a path to enhance Ocala's quality of life."


To obtain diverse community feedback and encourage public participation, the City invited a diverse group of community members to participate on the Community Form & Design Visioning Leadership Group. In addition to bi-monthly meetings, the Leadership Group was responsible for attending and participating at City workshops, encouraging other citizens to actively participate and to make final recommendations on behalf of citizens to the City Council. In addition to engaging in interactive, educational sessions regarding the City’s current and future physical characteristics, the Leadership Group also evaluated all public comments and feedback received during public meetings and prepared the final recommendations and implementation strategies for presentation to the City of Ocala City Council.

Looking to the Future

Now that the Ocala 2035 Vision has been adopted by City Council (October 19, 2010), the Leadership Group members have become the “Champions” of the Vision. It is now their responsibility to stay informed about current and proposed development within the City and surrounding area. The Leadership Group meets on a bimonthly basis to discuss proposed projects in relation to the adopted Vision and the implementation strategies. Their role as champions requires continued participation in the public process including attendance at public meetings, Planning and Zoning Commission meetings and City Council meetings to ensure that development is consistent with the adopted Vision.

Leadership_Group_MeetingAll Leadership Group meetings are open to the public.

Leadership Group Membership

  • Ken Ausley - Co-Chair, Urban Form & Public Spaces

    Construction Industry
    Banking Industry
    Co-founder of the Ambleside School of Ocala
  • Steve Albright - Co-Chair, Urban Form & Public Spaces

    Property Appraisal Industry
  • Kevin Sheilley - Co-Chair, Building and Site Design

    Ocala/Marion County Chamber & Economic Partnership
  • Clark Yandle Co-Chair, Mobility and Connectivity
    North Magnolia Merchants’ Association
    Business Owner
  • Fred Roberts - Committee Member

    Attorney at Law
    Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Marion County
  • Ira Holmes - Committee Member
    Ocala Historic Advisory Board Member
  • Summer Gill - Committee Member
    United Way of Ocala
    Junior League of Ocala
    Emerging Leaders of Ocala
    Citizens’ Academy Alumni – 2008
  • Narvella Haynes - Committee Member

    Front Porch (housing)
    SR40 Corridor, History & Education
    Governors West Ocala Revitalization
    YMCA Youth Programs
  • Robert Dumond - Committee Member

    College of Central Florida
    Landscape Profession

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