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April 01, 2014 | 10:45 AM
BLOOMFIELD — They’re not your typical condos.

This is a collectively maintained group of homes on five-acre lots, which share a pond, a golf course and riding stables.

That’s the development plan for Lakewood Estates Condominiums.

The final plat plan and developer’s agreement for the condominiums were recently approved at a special meeting of the Bloomfield Village Board and plan commission.

The clustered development, to be located on North Bloomfield Road just west of Highway 12, will encompass 18 home sites, commercial stables and a golf course and country club, as Chicago-based developer Dan McClean converts his private retreat to a more inclusive, yet still elite, property.

The development involves 98.19 acres, with each housing unit occupying 5.1 acres. Two other parcels may be developed in the future.

The golf course, which was built in 2000, and has been used as a private course since then, is an 18-hole regulation course, designed and built by McClean and course manager Mike Lasch. According to one golf reviewer, the course is nearly pristine, with only 1,000 cards filled annually. It has a few quirks, such as the bunker in the shape of McClean’s initials: McC.

The pond will be for canoes and kayaks only. The only pier will be a two-slip to allow condominium owners and their guests to embark and disembark, with no watercraft to be moored.

The housing sites are ranged primarily along the pond’s north shore, with the other sites off a cul-de-sac bordering on the golf course.

The conditional use permits approved on March 18 include the rezone of “a planned unit development residential clustered development, commercial stables and a golf course and country club.” Additional conditions include the preservation of shoreland setbacks and wetland areas, shielded lighting and stormwater amenities.

Any retail sales at the stables will be to customers only, and a nutrient management plan must be approved. A “nutrient management plan” is a term to cover what’s going to be done with the manure the horses generate. They must develop a means to control run-off.

The drives and private driveway serving proposed units 17 and 18 will remain private, and identified as a common element. As for traffic control, there will be speed zone signs similar to the ones that are already in use. In addition, there will be pillars which will serve as additional traffic control devices by directing traffic and by ensuring no one can swing wide into a driveway at too high a rate of speed.

In the future, the owner or association may build either or both a swimming pool or tennis courts and related facilities and common areas, after review and approval by the village.


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