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TROY – A preliminary site plan for a four-unit single-family condominium development project, Casca Village of Troy, was recently unanimously approved by members of the Troy Planning Commission at their February 9 meeting. , with some conditions.

The vacant 2.2 acre plot is east of Crooks Road and south of South Boulevard near Andrews Road and has never been developed. Members of the Troy Planning Commission approved a similar preliminary site plan for the condominium development in 2015, but the approval lapsed after no further action was taken before the three-year expiration window .

White Lake-based Powell Engineering president Michael Powell, who is working as a design engineer on the project, said that at this time the developer, Anthony Randazzo of Auburn Hills-based Trowbridge Land Holdings, had decided to concentrate its efforts elsewhere.

“The economy for the owner was not appropriate, so they decided to hold on and put their efforts into other projects,” Powell said at the Feb. 9 meeting. “They knew it was going to expire and we practically had to start over now. Frankly, they’re going to spend more money doing it now, and between engineering and landscaping, I think it’s going to be a better project now.

The new preliminary site plan was approved on the condition that the developer submit a landscaping plan, including a screening for a proposed greenbelt area; work with the city’s engineering department to ensure compliance with private road specifications; and submit a second elevation to the building department – Troy’s ordinance requires that no more than three consecutive single-family homes may have one story.

Under normal conditions, a landscape plan would have been required to receive preliminary approval for the development from the commission, but Troy town planner Brent Savidant said he made the executive decision to pass the site plan .

“Although we don’t have an up-to-date landscape plan, I still thought it was an opportunity, given that we had the 2015 one to use as a base, an opportunity to move forward further with this application,” said he declared. .

Powell explained that the rapid turnaround of Savidant’s approval to move forward with preliminary plans did not give him enough time to submit a new landscaping plan as well. He said the new plan will resemble the 2015 plan, with some improvements recommended earlier.

“We recently received approval for this turnaround, and the changes your planning and fire departments wanted, and there just wasn’t enough time to submit a revised landscaping plan, but to delay this – we had it ready a while ago, and because of the (pandemic) the owner was really asking for, and the planning staff cleared it to go ahead so he could try to start building this project in the spring and start selling lots,” he said.

“It was important for us to come before you to see whether or not you had input and then the landscape architect can use that input to provide the final landscape plan.”

Still, Planning Commissioner Jerry Rauch felt that the landscape plan should have been submitted with the preliminary site plan for approval. “Given that it’s been three years since the original application and now, I personally don’t see why the applicant couldn’t wait to submit a landscape plan to this body,” he said.

The proposed development will consist of four single-family condominiums ranging from 15,000 to 17,000 square feet. A 10 foot greenbelt will be placed on the eastern edge of the parcel to create a buffer zone between the development and the existing residential community. A T-shaped turnaround lane has been approved by the National Fire Prevention Association and the Troy Fire Department for emergency vehicle access.

One benefit Powell said comes from building condominiums like the ones proposed is that the community tends to have a strong homeowners association. “They are responsible for all the development work. They are responsible for their own change control, things like that. There is a very detailed set of legal documents that give the homeowners association great power over what happens in their condo.

Despite the problem of a missing landscape plan and other conditions to be met, Savidant told Planning Commission Chairman Tom Krent that he was comfortable with any direction the commission is taking, including the approval of the plan.

For more information, visit troymi.gov.

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