Council Approves Final Plan for 25-Home Third Phase of Huntington Woods

 07/10/2018 - 16:18

Saline City Council approved Huntington Woods Phase 3, a 25-home development on 27.3 acres off of Macon Road.

Council voted 7-0 to approve the plan, developed using the city's planned unit development ordinance. Saline's planning commission approved the PUD final site plan June 27. Carlisle-Wortman Associates reviewed the plan.

The single-family homes are being developed by Pulte Homes.

"We're very excited about the project and expect continuation of the success we've enjoyed with phase two," said Joe Score, of Pulte Homes.

Throughout the city's consideration of this development, one of the biggest concerns has been the impact of construction on residents living in the existing Huntington Woods neighborhood. As a result of those discussions, the city adopted a construction activity ordinance that bans construction on Sundays or during off-hours if the activity is within 1,000 feet of an occupied dwelling.

Brandon Cesul spoke on behalf of the homeowners association at Monday's council meeting. He listed three primary concerns. He said during construction of phase two, workers have not used proper routes through the neighborhood and often speed. He said workers have damaged property and landscapoing. Cesul said construction often stretches well into the evening ours and impacts quality of life.

The construction activity ordinance should address the latter issue. The former issues are tougher.

Score said Pulte Homes is taking the issue of speeding seriously. He said Pulte's contractors have been notified and if the issue is not resolved, more signage will be placed and subcontractors will be fined. Score said he'd not heard of damaged property complaints prior to Monday's meeting.

Saline Police Chief Jerrod Hart and his department have been monitoring the situation. Hart said he and his staff visit the subdivision at least once a day to enforce traffic. Hart said it can be difficult to monitor because the complaints generally take place during high peak traffic times, when Saline Police are also enforcing traffic at Faurecia, or on Henry Street or Old Creek Drive.

Using data collected with a "speed sign," Hart noted that speeding is sporadic.

Answering a question from Councillor Janet Dillon, Hart said there have been no tickets issued.

Residents have also asked for more stop signs in the community. Hart said the streets don't meet the strict critera for stop signs.

Council went on to adopt the construction activity ordinance later in the meeting, but Councillor Dillon asked what steps the residents can take to address the other issues.

City Manager Todd Campbell said the city would continue to monitor the situation and collect data.

"But we'd prefer the homeowner's association and developer put their heads together and come up with a solution," Campbell said. "It's all about being good neighbors."

City council approved the PUD siteplan with by a 7-0 vote.

The first phase of Huntington Woods featured 34 homes. The second phase, still under construction, has 42 lots.

The property was annexted from Saline Township in 2002. Phase two was approved in August of 2015. New four and five-bedroom homes continue to come on the market starting at around $400,000.

The new phase will include two new streets: Beddingham Court and Glendale Court.

 

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