A proposed development mixing townhomes and an apartment complex received support Wednesday as it awaits a hearing on its annexation request into Northwest Rochester.

The Rochester Planning and Zoning Commission voted unanimously to recommend approval of a plan for the development known as The Lodge at Overland.

Located on the northside of Overland Drive Northwest, near Clarkia Drive, the 31-acre development will be considered for annexation by the Rochester City Council on Monday, following a public hearing during the council’s 6 p.m. meeting.

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The development plan calls for the creation of 237 housing units in 21 separate buildings -- 48 townhomes in 12 buildings and 189 apartments spread throughout six buildings.

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The complex will include a clubhouse, pool, central park, community garden and a variety of other amenities.

“For the most part, things have stayed put from whether they were in the preliminary development plan,” said Desmond McGeough, a planner with the city’s Community Development Department.

A proposed apartment building is shown in an image from the proposal for The Lodge at Overland development.
A proposed apartment building is shown in an image from the proposal for The Lodge at Overland development.

The preliminary plan was approved last year.

The development requires added commission and city council review since it seeks to build housing types that aren’t typically allowed under zoning rules that will be applied if the property is annexed.

Only one concern was raised by commissioners during their discussion Wednesday.

Commissioner Ian Lochridge said he believes a proposed 66-square-foot sign should be considered as a separate matter.

“I don’t see the rationale for that kind of a sign here,” he said, noting city code would limit the sign to 24 square feet.

McGeough said the developer has listed traffic speeds and size of the development as reasons for requesting the larger sign, but staff is recommending a change more in line with standards.

Lochridge joined the rest of the commissioners in recommending approval, but asked for the city council to be made aware of his concern.