City Council Takes Action On Development Proposals

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

We wish to report that last night the City Council approved the following development applications:

Oakland Technology Park – I-75 Signs:  Request by General Development Company to allow the installation of three new monument signs along I-75 adjacent to the Oakland Technology Park.  The first of the three new signs will be installed by Hirotec America later this summer.

Rendering of how the massing and spacing of the signs will look along I-75 from a driver’s perspective

Rochester Soccer Club Rezoning:  Request by the Rochester Soccer Club (RSC) to rezone their 29.4 acre property located at 3200 Dutton Road from R-1A, One-Family Residential District to T&R, Technology and Research District.  The rezoning will provide the club with options when making a decision in the future to either expand their existing soccer complex or move their operations to a new location.

Aerial photo showing the location of the RSC property

Rochester Soccer Club Property Proposed To Be Rezoned

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

An application has been submitted to the City of Auburn Hills by the Rochester Soccer Club (RSC) to rezone their 29.4 acre property located at 3200 Dutton Road from R-1A, One-Family Residential District to T&R, Technology and Research District.

View of the RSC property from Dutton Road

The rezoning proposal is intended to implement the policy recommendations of the Northeast Corner Neighborhood Master Plan (2016).  RSC is contemplating two primary options for the long-term use of their property.  Both options listed below are consistent with the City’s Master Plan, and the T&R zoning district.

Option A:  The property remains as a training complex for RSC.  Over the next 2 to 3 years, RSC intends to explore the viability of adding an indoor practice facility and a lighted outdoor turf field in the future.

Option B:  The property is exchanged and redeveloped for corporate R&D facilities, or other similar land uses permitted under the T&R zoning district.

Please note that the above long-term development options will not be decided at the upcoming meeting and are subject to change.

Aerial photo showing the location of the RSC property

Those interested in learning more about this proposal are encouraged to attend the Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, June 13th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall.  A final decision on the application is anticipated by the City Council on Monday, June 25th.

Northeast Corner Neighborhood Master Plan Nearing Completion

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

The Planning Commission has scheduled a public hearing for Wednesday, June 15th at 7:00 p.m. to review proposed amendments to the Northeast Corner Neighborhood Master Plan.  The meeting will be held in the Council Chamber at City Hall.

Changes to the master plan remain the same as proposed at the previous public hearing held on March 16th, with one addition.  The Rochester Soccer Club (RSC), located south of Dutton Road and east of Bald Mountain Road, has requested that the Planning Commission amend the City’s land use designation for their property from “single family residential” to “non-residential transitional.”  The request would facilitate an anticipated eastern expansion of their existing soccer facility.  It is noted that this designation would also allow clean industrial development on the site if RSC were to decide to vacate the property in the future.

A computer generated model has been created to help visualize what development could conceptually look like on the former Kensington Community Church site and RSC property in the future.  Click on the short video below to view the model.

Below is the draft plan for the Northeast Corner Neighborhood.  The map was created as the result of public input obtained at meetings held on January 19th, February 16th, and March 16th and subsequent discussions.  The original land use plan for the area was adopted in 2001.

The Northeast Corner Neighborhood is the area bounded to the north by Dutton Road, south by Walton Boulevard, west by M-24, and east by the City of Rochester Hills border

The Northeast Corner Neighborhood is the area bounded to the north by Dutton Road, south by Walton Boulevard, west by M-24, and east by the City of Rochester Hills border

All interested parties are encouraged to attend the public hearing.

RSC Soccer Fields – Where Dreams Begin

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

If you’re familiar with the names Carli Lloyd, Hope Solo, Julie Johnston, and Alex Morgan you probably know one of the things they have in common is that are members of USA’s Women’s Soccer Team and winners of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Field of Dreams 1

Another thing I’m sure they had in common was that their dreams of winning a championship began on some field in or around the neighborhood they grew up in.

Field of Dreams 2

Well, if you happen to drive along Dutton Road just west of Bald Mountain Road you will see the Rochester Soccer Club’s new soccer fields and just possibly you might see someone out on the field beginning their dream of becoming a future World Cup champion.

RSC Soccer Fields Are Taking Shape

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

As an update, the outdoor soccer complex being constructed for the Rochester Soccer Club (RSC) south of Dutton Road, east of Bald Mountain Road is moving along according to schedule.

RSC is building four practice fields in Auburn Hills

RSC is building four practice fields in Auburn Hills

People often ask us when it will open, so we contacted the club to confirm their construction timeline.  Since turf grass for soccer fields must be designed to handle heavy use and abuse, it actually takes two growing seasons before the fields can be used for practices.  The grass was planted in Fall 2013, so they’ll have to wait one more year.

The club will make a final determination after this winter, but they’re hopeful the fields will be ready by Summer 2015.

 

RSC Soccer Fields – Now on Track

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

People often call and ask us … “What’s being built up on Dutton, near Bald Mountain?”  Well, it’s a four-field, outdoor soccer complex being constructed for the Rochester Soccer Club (RSC). 

The soccer fields are almost ready to be seeded.

The soccer fields are almost ready to be seeded.

The project fell slightly behind schedule this year due to some unforeseen utility issues, but is now on track.  Representatives from RSC explained that the six month delay was not all bad.  With the heavy rains we experienced this past Spring and Summer, they believe that if they had planted the turf seed as originally scheduled, it would have washed away.

RSC intends to seed the fields this Fall.  Now, this is not like us hydroseeding a lawn.  These fields will experience heavy use, so the grass has to take extra time to establish.  RSC advises us that it will take at least 18-months for the turf to be ready, so the complex most likely will not open until Spring 2015.

RSC - Fields at Auburn Hills (Site Plan)

RSC – Fields at Auburn Hills (Site Plan)

Once finished and active, this facility will be a great addition to our community and the region.

Big Score: Soccer Facility Coming to Auburn Hills

RSC – Fields at Auburn Hills

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Last night, the Auburn Hills City Council authorized the Rochester Soccer Club (RSC) to construct an outdoor soccer complex south of Dutton Road, between Bald Mountain and Squirrel Roads.

RSC offers soccer programs for kids pre-school age up to high school.  It is an exciting project as the 34-year old non-profit organization chose Auburn Hills to build their first private facility.

The complex will be located on the eastern part of the former Kensington Church site.  It is an ideal project for the City as it will help maintain the rural feel of the Northeast Corner Neighborhood; in addition to providing a much needed service for the region.

Construction is expected to start this year.  The fields are anticipated to open in Fall 2013.