• Kevin Elliott

Crestwyk Estates concept approved as PUD

Rochester Hills City Council on Monday, December 11, unanimously approved a planned unit development (PUD) concept plan for a 16-unit residential development on John R, between Hamlin and School roads.

The developers, Mark Gersuale and Jim Polyzois with M2J1 LLC of Shelby Township, are proposing eight detached single-family units and four two-unit, ranch-style condominiums on a 4.4-acre parcel. The development, known as Crestwyk Estates, will include residences ranging from 1,845 to 1,997 square feet with a preliminary price point of about $370,000, under the proposed plan.

The concept plan is intended to show the location and site improvements, buildings, utilities and landscaping to convey the overall layout and impact of the development, acting as the first step in the development process.

Planned unit developments (PUD) are intended to permit flexibility in development that is substantially in accordance with the goals and objectives of the city's master land use plan at the discretion of city council. The PUD option is intended to encourage a variety of design layouts and uses, and allows for different uses not permitted in a zoning district and permits densities or lots that are different from the applicable district.

The concept plan was recommended for approval by the Rochester Planning Commission. Specific site plans and an official PUD agreement are the second step in the process, following the conceptual plan.

Under the conceptual plan, the buildings would have front entry garages and emphasize pedestrian entrance to enhance the facade. The plan also proposes filling in one area of low-quality wetlands while a high-quality wetland on the property would be maintained and protected with a boulder wall.

Council unanimously approved the conceptual plan.

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