The plans will now go back to the township’s Planning Commission for further review.
The developer, Tom Galloway of Galloway Custom Homes, is proposing 90 home sites, 22 townhomes, and possibly a town center featuring a cafe/coffee shop and day care/learning center in a community that would be called Arcadia.
Larger home sites would be located on the southern portion of the property, with higher-density homes and townhomes on the northern part of the land. The commercial node, which some board members balked at and would like to see shelved until a future date, would be in the southwest corner of the property.
The site plan includes several neighborhood parks, man-made lakes and a beach area.
Galloway said home prices would likely range from $375,000 to $450,000. Smaller homes and townhomes could fetch $200,000 to $375,000.
Home prices would include landscaping. All would be built with 2-by-6 studs and other energy-efficient materials such as tankless water heaters and LED lighting.
Galloway said the homes would feature front porches and set-back garages for an old-fashioned neighborhood atmosphere. Township Trusteee Ron Lindquist said he liked the plan because it reminded him of his childhood.
“This is very much like the neighborhood I grew up in in the '50s in Massachusetts where people will have the opportunity to know each other,” Lindquist said. “There was a small grocery store, a shoemaker, a barber. The neighborhood we live in now, we don't know most of our neighbors.”
Township Supervisor John Nash said he would prefer to wait until he could get a few things in writing before approving the project — the energy-efficiency details, more information on the retail portion, elevations and a copy of the traffic study. But the board decided to vote after Galloway promised to provide those details in the next two weeks.
“If we don't get those documents, the plug is pulled,” Township Trustee Rick Homan said.
Nash said he would have preferred to wait until the next meeting in two weeks to take a vote.
“Spring Lake Township is a special place and we want to strive to keep it special,” he said.
Trustee Larry Mierle cast the lone dissenting vote.
Galloway said he plans to start construction by the end of March, with home building beginning in mid-summer.
“We have a lot of people who are waiting to reserve lots,” he said.