Troy City Council will consider cluster plan for 1,500-square-foot homes

By: Terry Oparka | Troy Times | Published July 16, 2019

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TROY — The Troy City Council will consider plans for 29 homes on 8.69 acres on the southeast corner of Square Lake Road and Willow Grove Drive, west of John R Road.

The Planning Commission unanimously recommended a preliminary site plan under the cluster option at its July 9 meeting.

Under a parallel plan, by right, 17 homes could be constructed on the parcel, which includes 1.85 acres of state-regulated wetlands.

Ben Carlisle, of Carlisle/Wortman Associates, the city’s planning consultant, told the Planning Commission that the proposed plans preserve 1.4 acres of the wetlands, feature 30% open space and include 1,500-square-foot homes.

The Planning Commission is the recommending body on site plans proposed under the cluster option, and the City Council has final approval.

In October 2016, the City Council adopted a cluster zoning designation that offers density bonuses for restricting the housing unit sizes to 1,500 square feet and for sustainable designs — including green infrastructure and naturalized stormwater management — and it requires the developer to preserve 20% open space.

Carlisle said the 1,500-square-foot homes are a “desired housing type we’ve had a lot of discussion on lately. It provides a unique housing option not currently being met.”

Jim Polyzois, speaking for the developer, Wolverine Building Co., said the one-floor, ranch-style homes would cater to empty nesters, seniors and singles “to try to provide a different product that doesn’t exist.”

He said the homes would be priced in the low $300,000 range.

“We’re finally getting something we were trying to incentivize two years ago,” said Planning Commissioner Ollie Apahidean. “In my opinion, I really think it’s a win-win. I think it’s a great product for the city.”