A controversial £250 million plan to build up to 3,000 homes in Lincoln on land at risk of flooding is set to win the backing of councillors.
New flood defences will need to be built to protect the homes, including 600 new affordable houses, business units, shops and community facilities built on the 320-hectare Western Grown Corridor site, which is also known as the Swanpool development.
Once complete, the overall estate would give the City of Lincoln Council an extra £840,000 a year in council tax revenue.
City councillors are now being asked to agree the development vision and how to begin making progress.
The council is poised to invest £800,000 from unallocated housing funds to kick-start the project.
The authority will keep its 42 per cent share of the land and consider development on its own or as a joint venture.
And it will work with Taylor Wimpey, which has options for the rest of the site, to turn the vision into reality.
Council leader Ric Metcalfe said: "The crucial point is the development now has its best chance of coming to fruition. It's the biggest and best opportunity we have for growth.
"Growth will happen anyway over the next 20 to 30 years.
"The issue is where do we want that to take place.
"We want sustainable growth and that means the growth of our existing settlement of Lincoln. We are going to retain the substantial amount of green space and open water on the site. It's going to be an attractive place to live and we will respect existing features, for example Decoy Farm, and the vista of the Cathedral."
Cllr Metcalfe added that flood risk will be managed by creating balancing lakes and changing levels of the land.
He said: "The net effect is that there should be some further positive impact on the surrounding area in terms of reducing flood risk."
The Western Growth Corridor is one of eight Sustainable Urban Extensions, which aim collectively to create 17,850 new homes in central Lincolnshire by 2031.
A total of 7,500 homes will be built in three areas on the edges of Lincoln, 7,000 in three skirting Gainsborough and 3,350 in two at Sleaford.
Joyce Marsh, 78, who lives in Malham Drive, Lincoln, said: "I don't care what they say about Swanpool, the number one issue will be traffic.
"As it is at the moment it takes us a quarter of an hour to get to the Skellingthorpe Road roundabout before 9am and then the A46 is blocked."