Robertson Brothers Homes is a developer planning to build a new subdivision off Brewster Road near our Winter Park commons area. In the official parcel map from Oakland County, Shadow Woods Subdivision No 1 (the southern portion of our subdivision) is noted and bordered in purple. Winter Park is shaded in blue. The area under scrutiny for development is shaded in orange, and refers to parcels 15-08-376-015 and 15-08-331-041.
The City of Rochester Hills Planning Commission unanimously approved the tentative plans and submitted them to the City Council for approval on December 18, 2018. City Council approved the tenative plans as well.
Frequently Asked Questions
What will happen to Winter Park?
If the proposed development is approved, Robertson Brothers has been granted an easement to use our subdivision's detention basin. In return, Robertson Brothers will restore the basin at their expense. Going forward, Robertson will be responsible for their share of the maintenance required to upkeep the basin in perpetuity.
Although the area of Winter Park is not officially changing, some parts of the abutting property which were commonly considered part of the park will no longer be accessible. Robertson will also be planting trees within Winter Park to screen the view; Robertson will be responsible for maintaining them in perpetuity.
What else is Robertson doing?
In a gesture of goodwill, in addition to restoring the south detention basin in Winter Park, Robertson Brothers will also contribute (on a one-time basis) up to $40,000 to SWSA to restore the north detention basin.
Why did the Board sell this land? Why are we allowing Robertson to build here?
The land in question was never owned by the Shadow Woods Subdivision Assocation, nor does the SWSA have any authority over private property outside of the subdivision. The Board has entered into an agreement with Robertson to provide an easement to the south detention basin as the City wished to have a single detention pond serving the two communities and the deal provides benefits to all three parties without providing much of an imposition on SWSA.
Will the new development be part of Shadow Woods? Will they use our commons?
The new development, if approved, will constitute a new subdivision with its own management. Residents of that subdivision will not have the right to enjoy our commons areas.
How will traffic be impacted?
The Planning Commission required, as a condition of their approval, that Robertson Brothers pay for a left-hand turning lane on Brewster into the subdivision.
What kind of homes are being built?
The condominiums are single-family detatched ranch-style homes of approximately 1,850 sq ft. Robertson Brothers is planning to build 30 homes over time, on-demand. Preliminary price estimates are in the low-to-mid $400,000 range.