Developer proposes 314-home subdivision in Noblesville

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Indianapolis-based Gradison Land Development Inc. has proposed building a 314-unit subdivision that would feature attached villas and single-family homes in Noblesville.

The developer, working with Pulte Homes and Lennar (formerly CalAtlantic Homes), has proposed building the Brooks Farm mixed-residential community on 124 acres at the northwest corner of 156th Street and Summer Road. The developer has requested the land be rezoned from the R1 zoning designation to the R3 and R4, which would allow for moderate- to high-density, single-family and multifamily homes to be constructed.

The developer has filed plans that will be reviewed by the city council Tuesday before they go to the plan commission for further review.

If approved, Lennar would build 23 paired (two-unit), single-story villa homes and 128 single-family homes. Pulte would build the other 140 homes.

The paired villas will likely attract empty nesters and would be comparable to those at Chapel Villas on Union Chapel Road.

Homes would range in price from $275,000 to $325,000, documents state.

In addition to homes, the community would feature 1.5 miles of paved walking and biking trails, more than 38 acres of common area and the Brooks Barn, a farmhouse-style amenity that will serve as a space for neighborhood events.

The developer also says the community would meet the goals and objectives of Noblesville’s recent housing study.

The study, which the city commissioned in 2016, showed 94 percent of the city’s housing market is made up of single-family, detached homes and multifamily apartment complexes. Townhomes, condos, cottages and duplexes in more walkable areas with select amenities nearby are less likely to come by.

As a result of the study, Noblesville is trying to diversify the local housing market by size, type and price point to include more of those types of homes.

Going forward, Noblesville officials are encouraging developers to consider compact development and diverse housing types.

“Consistent with that guidance, Gradison has worked with the city to propose an appropriate mix of housing types,” Gradison wrote in its submitted plans.

If approved, Gradison expects work on the subdivision to begin next spring.

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