FIRM proposals have been drawn up for 86 new homes at Mintlaw’s North Woods.
The plans - the first instalment in a 600-house development - have been lodged with Aberdeenshire Council by Colaren Properites.
Comments or objections to the scheme can be submitted to the local authority up until February 11.
In time, the massive project will also incorporate facilities for the elderly and space for an additional primary school for the Central Buchan village.
The plan, which began back in 2008 and is expected to be completed over two phases by 2023, has been prepared by Knight Frank, Baxter Design and Atkins.
Councillors gave their initial backing to the major development in October last year, with members of the Buchan Area Committee announcing their support to the project.
Last year, Central Buchan councillor Jim Ingram commented: “I support it, I think it will be positive for the village. I also think it will increase the opportunities for facilities in Mintlaw.
“There will be challenges, for example, with the traffic and pedestrian safety. There are bound to be changes to speed limits and school provision will also have to be carefully assessed.”
Councillor Norman Smith also welcomed the development, saying: “This has been in the melting pot for a long time and I welcome it. The development will include affordable housing as well as community and educational facilities”
Mintlaw is facing massive change in the coming years with a number of exciting developments in the pipeline.
Bancon Developments have plans for a business park and allocation for up to 500 houses in the Nether Aden area.