Germantown aldermen gave unanimous approval to an outline plan for homes on the former Germantown Country Club site on Monday evening, July 12.
Developer Spence Ray, a partner with Farmington-Kimbrough Development Group, plans to submit a final plan for the Glasgow project and the first and second phase proposals soon.
Ray noted the opportunity to develop the former country club is unique. A previous developer wanted to build on the perimeter of the property. Ray plans to keep 100 feet of a natural buffer.
Millennium Companies, based in Arizona, announced it had the property under contract in July 2019, but pulled out in April 2020 due to coronavirus concerns.
The city placed a bid on the property of $2.49 million, but its offer was not chosen.
Monday evening, Ray emphasized creating a community that would be developed in seven phases over time. The amenities will include a pool, pickleball courts and a 2-mile trail styled after the Germantown Greenway.
When completed, the development will consist of 366 lots. Of those, 123 are designated for 55 and older and 18 estate lots are planned. Homes are expected to range from $650,000 to $2.5 million.
There was some conversation about density, which is about 2.5 units per acre. About 50 new students are expected to be added to the Germantown Municipal School District from the development: 23 at Farmington Elementary School, 15 at Houston Middle School and 12 at Houston High School.
Ray plans for about 12 quality builders with strong resumes in the community to construct homes in the development. He will allow residents to pick their lots if they use one of the builders. When a lot is sold, he hopes construction to begin within three months.
Ray said he wants unique homes and does not want the development to have a “cookie-cutter” look or feel.
Drainage was a concern of city planning commissioners and is a point of interest in Germantown. Ray plans to divert water from laterals and has drainage mitigation plans in place. More drainage details will be included in the final plan.
About 20 residents were present for the meeting Monday evening. Some residents have closely watched plans for the site due to their proximity to the property.
Resident Harry Neblett, who lives just west of the property, expressed concerns about drainage and did not want to be placed in a floodplain due to the development.
“We are very sad it is not a golf course. We are very sad the city did not purchase it, but those two items are behind us,” resident Roger Schepman said before voicing support of Ray’s proposal.
Alderman Jon McCreery noted the 178-acre site is “a tremendous opportunity” due to its size and location and could impact the next generation of Germantown residents. He wanted to ensure residents the city will carefully review each phase as its submitted.
Alderman Brian Ueleke said he appreciated the way Ray has met with residents to address concerns.