(Publisher’s note: There was a mistake in the acreage of this parcel that has been corrected.)
There was a full council chambers when the Chelsea City Council held a work session on Jan. 6 to discuss the proposed Wolf Farms development, a 42-acre parcel located in Lima Township near the intersection of Freer Road and Old US-12.
Although the proposed development is in Lima Township, the City of Chelsea must be directly involved for it to move forward. Chief among those reasons are the city must provide utilities, including water and sewer.
During the last three years, the City Council has held multiple work sessions to discuss potential development plans for this property, and Monday night’s session was held at the request of the Lima Township Planning Commission that tabled the plan until it received input from the city.
Among the options for the two municipalities to move this project forward would be an agreement on shared revenue called a 425 agreement or an outright annexation of the land into the city.
According to information provided to the City Council by Atwell, LLC, the Wolf Farms proposed development plan includes 67 single family homes, 73 town homes, 32 attached ranches for a total of 172 residential units on 28.44 acres. Also planned are two medical office buildings.
The proposed plan is scheduled to be built out in five phases beginning with one of the medical buildings.
In addition to the differences in zoning designations and Master Plans that exist between the township and the city, the proposed medical buildings were among the first of numerous concerns expressed by City Council members during the discussion.
Increased traffic concerns were also discussed as potential problems. According to information provided by the city, 17,000 cars travel on M-52 and 7,800 vehicles travel on Old US-12. Neither road is under the jurisdiction of the city. M-52 is a state highway and Old US-12 in under the auspices of the Washtenaw County Road Commission.
Although Chelsea would like to see additional housing units in the city, affordable housing is something that is frequently mentioned as a need in the city. Also discussed was housing stock under construction both within the city limits as well as just outside the city in Sylvan Township.
The developers provided a public benefit summary for the work session that included new high paying jobs that would result from the medical building, a variety of housing, new city parks, an increased tax base to Lima Township.