Stillwater Farms is a proposed development that will use a variety of housing options to create 686 new homes on 200 acres on Route 245, west of Route 4 and U.S. 36 near the U.S. 33 east exit. (Photo submitted)
A proposed development could add nearly 700 homes to the community.
The Marysville Planning Commission recently approved a sketch plan for the Stillwater Farms development. The project will have a mix of 686 homes on 200 acres on Route 245, west of Route 4 and U.S. 36 near the U.S. 33 east exit. Based on what they called “typical generation factors,” the developer, Highland Real Estate Group, estimates the homes will add more than 300 children to the Marysville school district.
The land is currently in unincorporated Paris Township, though the property owners are working to have it annexed into Marysville .
City Planner Ashley Gaver called the sketch plan approval “step one” for the development.
“They really are just starting the process,” Gaver said.
The planner said the project meets the city’s comprehensive plan and said the area near state and interstate roads is “a good location for this, we think.”
She explained that the developer is working on the annexation at the same time it is working through the city’s process to approve a development plan.
“Ultimately this annexation and this project will come to council to consider and I think the hope there is that council can look at everything as a whole,” Gaver said,
According to information from the developer, Stillwater Farms is intended to be “an innovative, family-oriented, planned residential and commercial mixed-use community designed to industry-standard best practices and environmentally friendly designs.”
“The smart-growth strategies incorporated into Stillwater Farms comply with the strategic intent of the City of Marysville Comprehensive Plan,” according to information from the developer.
The development plan calls for 150 active adult rental units on 25 acres, 168 townhomes on 21 acres, 236 single family homes on 87 acres and 132 patio homes on 39.8 acres.
“This harmonious combination of traditionally designed, quality-built, attainable workforce housing will provide viable living solutions for each stage of life,” according to the developer.
Gaver called it “a mixture of housing types which is great.”
City officials have said the developer is “trying to meet that housing need that is causing stress in the market.”
The developer said an easily accessible commercial subarea will “add valuable services to both the neighborhood and the community at large.”
The plan currently shows three commercial out lots. Gaver said the developer “does not have any set uses for those sites yet.”
She also said the developer has been “kind of vague” about the pricing for the units.
“They are not at that point yet,” Gaver said.
Developers said the project will “create an environment that honors the historical heritage of Marysville while encouraging future generations to stay, live, work and play in the community.”
The project will also have about 45 acres, nearly 23% of the total acreage, for green space.
“In addition to these open space reserves, we have designed a series of neighborhood parks that will be linked by sidewalks and/or trails to allow for pedestrian mobility and connectivity,” according to information from the developer.
Nearby property owners have expressed concerns about traffic, drainage, lower property values and other issues related to the development.
Gaver and other city officials said the questions are valid and the developer “has heard the concerns of the residents.”
She explained that before council will act, the developer will need to meet with city, county and state officials and conduct a series of impact studies, including ones for traffic, wastewater and drainage.
Based on the results of the study, the developer will likely need to make infrastructure improvements in the area.
Gaver said it will be up to the developer on how to proceed.
“They will continue with the annexation process and the next step is to bring that development plan to planning commission but that is up to the developer and they have not given us a timeline for when they might be doing that,” she said.