A proposed development called The Villages at Waterville Landing would result in hundreds of new homes and some commercial development to about 340 acres in Waterville Township.
The township's zoning commission received a site plan for the development last month and sent it to the Lucas County Plan Commission for review. After the county makes recommendations, the zoning commission will consider the developer's requests for zoning changes.
Tom Schlachter, one of the developers, said Waterville Landing would require seven zoning changes to move forward. The proposed site for the development, located east of Waterville-Monclova Road and south of Dutch Road, is zoned for agricultural and commercial use.
The site plan for Waterville Landing calls for about 730 living units in a mixture of single-family homes, condominiums, and rental apartments. Mr. Schlachter said the development would include four styles of single-family homes ranging in price from about $175,000 to $400,000.
"We're trying to cover the gamut with types of housing and price ranges within those types," he said.
In addition to housing, the project would include some office buildings and retail stores, possibly including a grocery store. Mr. Schlachter said the stores would be aimed at serving nearby residents.
Most of the Waterville Landing project would be in an area covered by an annexation and tax-sharing agreement between Waterville and Waterville Township, said Dale Knepper, Waterville's interim village administrator and finance officer.
The agreement was passed in the late 1990s. The township agreed not to fight annexation of some property into the village in exchange for a share of property tax from the area after it becomes part of the village. Mr. Knepper said the village and township are discussing how to split the property tax revenue.
The developers of Waterville Landing plan to wait until the township makes a decision about the requested zoning changes before petitioning to annex the land into the village, Mr. Schlachter said.
An annexation petition has been filed with Lucas County for a 25-acre parcel of land near the Waterville Landing site. Part of the parcel, south of Dutch on the west side of Waterville-Monclova, might be used for a new day-care center.
Children's Discovery Center Inc., which operates several day-care centers in the area, has proposed building a center on four acres of the 25-acre parcel. Developers have submitted a site plan for the day-care center to the township, but may need to revise the plan to accommodate construction of the U.S. 24 bypass.
Joe Bublick, assistant zoning inspector for the township, said the company hopes to start building the center sometime in the spring if its site plan and annexation petition are approved.