Development of the housing development called Isabelle Farms moved forward with the approval of the City Council on Monday.

The council voted 6-0 in favor of the development, which is off North Michigan Road and North Riley Highway. Council member Scott Furguson (R-4th Ward) was unable to attend the meeting.

The development will include 263 homes with 11 floor plans available on more than 83 acres, which is currently being used for farming.

Isabelle Farms housing development will be west of Knauf Insulation, east of Ryobi Die Casting and south of the Rolling Ridge subdivision.

Under the Planned Unit Development, existing woodlands will be preserved as much as possible.

Arbor Homes Entitlement Manager Caitlin Dopher previously spoke at the Shelbyville Plan Commission meeting in June.

At that meeting, she said 1,200 square foot homes will be built for single-story structures while two-story homes will be 2,400 square feet. She did not speak at Monday’s City Council meeting.

The project was approved by the Planning and Building Department staff and the Plan Commission approved it with a 7-2 vote in its June meeting.

In other business, the City Council approved two new positions requested by Mayor Tom DeBaun.

The first was a second employee in the Planning and Building Department that he called a “junior planner.”

The position will be to help the department as it has seen an increase in its workload due to the growth of the community.

DeBaun gave the example that the employee would work in zoning compliance.

Plan Director Adam Rude previously told DeBaun that he believed the department already had the funding to create the position this year. The city will need to budget it starting in 2022.

The second position is for a behavioral health officer.

DeBaun said the city saw an increase in opioid cases and other issues due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the past year, prompting the need for the new position.