‘Bailey Lake’ is first for Phase 2’s Fields of WoodburyThe first application to build in Fields of Woodbury was approved by the Planning Commission last week.
By: Riham Feshir, Woodbury Bulletin
The first application to build in Fields of Woodbury was approved by the Planning Commission last week.
Ryland Homes, in conjunction with Woodbury-Tandem Limited Partnership, was first to take over a chunk of the southern development. The builder proposed to start building a cluster of houses called “Bailey Lake.”
Woodbury City Council approved opening up the first part of Phase 2 last month, with a number of interested builders ready to submit applications.
The 2030 Comprehensive Plan calls for an average of 600 new units built per year, something that was added after the 1990s housing boom that worried residents the city was growing too fast.
Bailey Lake construction is scheduled to start in the spring with about 120 acres of land seeing the addition of 307 residential units.
The first phase preliminary plat approval by the Planning Commission Monday, Dec. 3, allows for a total of 98 single family homes on 40 acres.
Located east of Mile Drive and about one-quarter mile south of Bailey Road, Bailey Lake will be tied to the existing trail to Bielenberg Sports Center, as well as Plymouth Road that connects to Salem Meadows.
Additional trails will provide residents different options for longer or shorter walks.
“What we liked about the plan is it provides a number of different loops,” City Planner Eric Searles said.
Planning Commission Chairwoman Nancy Remakel wondered if the number of housing units was too high since it’s only the first part of the Phase 2 housing construction.
“I don’t anticipate that we’ll push up to 600 units any time soon,” Searles said.
When Commissioner Irfan Ali asked whether traffic from East Ridge High School is expected to cut through the development, Searles said the main access point to the properties will be from the Pioneer Drive extension.
Ryland Homes is already working on townhomes in Dancing Waters, single family homes in Stonemill Farms, and it acquired the tax forfeited Highland Knoll development in April, where single family lots have seen some building activity this year.
Mike Devoe, division president for Ryland Homes, said he expects the first model home will be open in the spring.
Bailey Lake will appeal to buyers looking for the spacious 2,100 to 3,000 square foot, two-story home with the main level office, fireplace, three-car garage and second floor laundry.
“We’re really excited about the prospects for this project,” Devoe said.
State law requires rezoning of that part of the city before builders could start construction. The Planning Commission also approved rezoning it from urban reserve to urban residential district.