Aberdeen could get 15 new apartment buildings with 84 total units, to be called Colony at Beards Hill on Beards Hill Road, just west of existing houses and next to the city-owned pumping station.
The city's planning commission unanimously approved a preliminary site plan for the project, which was presented Wednesday by developer Colony at Beards Hill LLC.
The property, which was previously zoned R1 and B3, was rezoned to R3 and B3 earlier this year.
The 15 buildings would be on about 18 acres of a parcel with 26.4 acres total.
Lawyer Joe Snee, who was representing the developer, noted the city has a goal of a wide variety of housing in Aberdeen.
"We think we will be promoting that goal with this project," he said.
The developer is proposing a total of 492 parking spaces, 12 more than required at the city's minimum of 2.5 spaces per unit.
Six of the buildings would be either three or four stories and the remaining nine buildings would all have three stories, with 12 units each, Snee said.
The project would feature a clubhouse with pool and bathhouse as well as an athletic club and a game room.
The developer said the project is very similar to a development called The Summit at Owings Mills, in Baltimore County.
"We're trying to do something that probably has not been seen in Harford County," Rick Chadsey, vice president of Asset Management and representative for the project, said.
"We're looking to do a secure, high-end apartment complex that's going to look nice and feel nice."
Chadsey the intention is to put rolling mounds with landscaping on top between the parking and Beards Hill Road.
"That way you're not just seeing the building," he said.
Planning and development director Phyllis Grover asked if sidewalks for Beards Hill Road were a consideration and the developer replied road improvements are definitely needed.
Grover also reminded the developer of traffic concerns along Beards Hill Road.
Several roads inside the development would be private and built by the apartment complex.
Aberdeen police were pleased with the security camera complex, Lt. Fred Budnick said about the site.
Chadsey said the only way to build the project is all at once.
"That's the way financing works," he said, adding the first two buildings will be the ones by the clubhouse.