Edit: Sorry that's not very helpful, I honestly haven't seen a good solid city builder that didn't revolve around heavily exaggerated timers for quite a while though, good luck with the quest, I would be dead keen if their was something worthwhile.
You could try Townsmen. Free to download with ads and 0.89€ to remove them.
You can buy coins and prestige,but i never needed them. The timers to build something are very short,like a minute or so. Best town builder i know,and it looks awesome.
There's multiple quests,sandbox mode,and it really takes some strategy to keep your townsmen happy.
Some beavers are hiding, some beavers are invisible, some are moving and some are just plain elusive and then there are the 'Beavers in Disguise'.