Expect to see workers moving earth soon at the site of Andelina Farms, the proposed 280-home development west of the City of Saline limits.
The City of Saline, Saline Township and the developers of the proposed Andelina Farms have yet to come to an agreement on whether the property will be annexed into the city. But Monday night, city council voted to allow Saline Ventures to begin site work on the property, located between Austin Road and Michigan Avenue. Council voted 7-0 to amend its second amendment to the settle agreement with Saline Ventures LLC and MI Homes of Michigan.
Last year, the city appealed the state’s approval of the developer’s wastewater surface discharge permit. In December, the city agreed to drop the appeal with two potential outcomes. One option includes improvements and new technology added to the private wastewater treatment system. A second option is to annex the township land into the city and connecting it to city utilities. The original deadline for a deal was set for January. It’s now been extended twice as the parties attempt to hammer out a deal on annexation and on the structure of the developer’s up-front payments to the city to help with infrastructure upgrades.
The new deadline is now set for March 24.
The amendment allows for tree removal, mass grading and other site work.
City attorney Roger Swets told council the firm had the right to start site work and was asking the city as a courtesy.
MI Homes area president Scott Schwanke, answering a question from Councillor Janet Dillon, said the site work isn’t very dependent on whether or not the property is annexed.
Dillon also asked whose regulations would cover the work, asking specifically about the hours of operation. Since the property is still in the township, it would fall under township rules.
Swets said the city could inform the developers of the city rules and ask they respect them.