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A new subdivision planned for the northwest side of Columbus Township will offer new custom homes in an area that hasn’t seen new housing development in more than 30 years.

The city plan commission approved annexing a 13.46-acre parcel into the city and rezoning it from agricultural to single-family use.

City-county planning director Jeff Bergman said it’s the first new subdivision in that area since the late 1970s.

Stonehaven, at Goeller Boulevard and County Road 350W, would have 25 lots for houses ranging from $400,000 to $600,000, said developer Joel Spoon, owner of Columbus-based Spoon Real Estate

and Construction.

Spoon said he expects the houses to have several similar building features such as stone and trimmed exterior siding, three to five bedrooms, three-car garages, granite countertops, walk-in showers with tile floors, walk-out basements and high ceilings.

All of the new houses will be built according to a buyer’s custom specifications, he said.

Spoon said his company has noticed an increase in demand for custom-built homes as the Columbus population continues to grow and new jobs are created in the area.

The commission also unanimously approved the request to create the subdivision, which will include a small park.

Approval of the annexation and rezoning of the property will go before the City Council on May 7.

There is a lot of development activity on the west side of Columbus in general, but this would be the first new subdivision in this specific area since development of the Tipton Lakes residential communities, Bergman said.

That area, now managed by the Tipton Lakes Community Association, encompasses 37 different subdivisions, including Heron Cove and Spring Hill to the southwest of the proposed Stonehaven, Bergman said.

Spoon will make improvements to the portions of Goeller Boulevard and County Road 350W that border the new subdivision by adding curbs, gutters and widening the road.

Those improved portions of the road would be maintained by the city once construction is complete.

The developer also plans to add sidewalks along the edge of the site, ending at the west and north ends of the property line and along both sides of the street in the new subdivision.

Spoon’s company website lists homes for sale throughout south-central Indiana ranging in price from $319,000 to $4 million. The family-owned firm has been listing, selling and building properties since 1997.

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