A Growing Strategy

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Of all the issues that generate the most rhetoric, misinformation and strong opinions in Holly Springs, growth tops the list. Some welcome development in Holly Springs as part of living in a thriving economy where their home values are either stable or on the rise, the tax rate is steady, jobs are secure and public amenities and public safety abound.

Others worry that a burgeoning population is outpacing school capacities, putting stress on infrastructure, threatening the environment and natural character of the area, and generally creating burdens on the public.

Development is on the uptick, and Holly Springs is one of the more desirable places in the Triangle to be. So then, growth in Holly Springs is not a question of yes or no. It is a question of whether that growth occurs inside the city limits where it serves the community by adding to the tax base or just beyond it where it impacts the community but does not pay for that impact.

Residents in rapidly growing areas may not enjoy dealing with some of the nuisances that go along with the type of growth Wake County is experiencing. At times they may catch themselves yearning for a slower pace. On the other hand, those who live in areas with little or no growth would be thrilled to deal with rush hour traffic if it meant they could enjoy the type of community life we enjoy in Holly Springs.

Repository of Facts on Growth
For all the varied responses to this progress, we have created A Growing Strategy, this section on the Town of Holly Springs website, to serve as a repository of facts and information that citizens can use as an information resource. Our aim is not to persuade readers toward any single reaction to growth. We understand that everyone has a different take on the subject. Our aim is to provide facts and insights on which residents can draw their own informed conclusions.

It would not be possible for town leaders to make everyone happy with every decision; therefore, their decisions and their planning are based on what they believe is in the best interest of the Town as a whole. What the Council has determined is in the best interest of Holly Springs are decisions that will bring quality and diverse residential development, jobs, amenities and professional services to the people of Holly Springs.

In these pages, we are going to take a look at many of the challenges and opportunities that come along with being a growing community. We will provide you with pertinent facts in these chapters:

Key Points
Our Economic History
Schools
Traffic and Transportation
Property Owners' Rights
Growth Around Us
Park System
Water and Sewer
Growth is Good for Business
Popular Myths
From the Council’s Seat

So, what about you? Why did you move to Holly Springs?