Since 1990, 3,471 new housing units have been constructed in the township, while 119 were razed.
About 73 percent of the new constructions are single-family homes, while 14 percent — or 501 units — were mobile homes placed in River Haven Village. The remaining 13 percent — or 468 — were multi-family residential units.
According to township officials, the growth includes several new residential neighborhoods, such as the proposed Stonewater planned unit development, located on the south side of Lincoln Street between 152nd and 160th avenues. The development is expected to include single-family detached homes, as well as two- and three-family attached condos.
“The developer has recently submitted a revised set of plans for review, and is nearly ready for a public hearing with the Planning Commission,” Township Planner Stacey Fedewa said.
The public hearing is set for Monday, Feb. 15. The project proposes 184 housing units: 118 single-family homes that will be platted as a subdivision, 24 two-family condominiums and 42 three-family condominiums.
According to township officials, the Ottawa County Road Commission will require developers of Stonewater to add a center left-turn lane on Lincoln Street in front of the development to accommodate the traffic increase.
Additionally, noted Fedewa, a developer is in the process of purchasing an Ottawa County Road Commission parcel on Rosy Mound Drive. This developer wants to build senior living apartments and assisted living units.
“Lastly, Lincoln Pines — approved in 2014 — will be installing infrastructure on Lincoln Street soon, with the intention of having home sites ready for purchase and construction later this year,” Fedewa said.
This housing development news comes at the same time as reports that Ottawa County’s 2015 unemployment rate was at 3.4 percent — the lowest among all counties in Michigan. The county’s unemployment rate for December 2015 was 2.6 percent.
It also follows the annual forecast from economics analyist George Erickcek, who noted late last month that things were looking up for Ottawa County in 2016 and 2017. He said that nearly 56,000 people live and work in Ottawa County right now, while another 63,000 live and work in surrounding counties.
”We’re reaching new heights in employment that we’ve never really seen before,” Erickcek said at a Chamber of Commerce event on Jan. 28.