PORTSMOUTH — A 56-unit single-family home development proposed for land off Peverly Hill Road received a key city approval this week.
The city’s Site Review Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) recommended the project at 83 Peverly Hill Road be granted a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for the Open Space Planned Unit Development and site plan approval.
The Planning Board still has to grant final approval for the project to be built.
The project, which developers Green & Company are calling Parson Woods Condominiums, will be built on a 110-acre site off Peverly Hill Road near Calvary Cemetery, developers have said previously.
In addition to the 56 single-family homes, the development is planned to feature two pocket parks and a pedestrian/bike path that would be open to the public and connect to the Boston and Maine rail trail.
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The 56 homes are proposed to be located on about one-third of the roughly 110-acre site. The remainder of the property is planned to be set aside as a conservation easement, according to Corey Colwell, a vice president at TF Moran who represented the developers at this week’s TAC meeting.
“Those floor plans range in size from 2,200 to 2,900 square feet per home,” he said previously.
Jenna Green of Green & Company said, “We have received great feedback from the boards and city staff over the last year that has helped enhance the project and we’re looking forward to presenting it to the Planning Board.”
In terms of pricing for the homes, Green said, “Right now our focus is working through the approval process, so we don’t have an anticipated construction start date or price range for the homes at this time.”
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Nicholas Cracknell, the city’s principal planner, explained that the Open Space Planned Unit Development or PUD for short, is aimed at creating a “clustering of housing in a smaller area than what you would normally find under a conventional subdivision plan.”
“It’s really about preserving as much as possible the open land and clustering the homes in a smaller space while permanently preserving as much open space as you can,” he said.
Cracknell believes there will be high demand for the single-family homes if the project receives final approval.
Much of the new housing that’s been built recently or proposed in the city is apartments.
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“I think you’re going to definitely find high demand for these houses both in the city and around the Seacoast, especially given the market we’re in now,” Cracknell said Wednesday. “I don’t know what the price points are going to be, but they’re single-family houses and they’re detached and have yards and parking for three to four cars, along with garages.”
“I think they’re probably going to be pretty marketable,” he added.
Developers are planning on offering eight different floor plans for the houses, Colwell previously said.
“In summary, the proposal does not require any zoning relief, there are no wetland impacts, and two-thirds or more of the property is being preserved in the form of a conservation easement,” he said previously.
The project is expected to appear at the Aug. 19 Planning Board meeting.