At its Oct. 15 meeting, after a nearly yearlong process, the Holly Springs Town Council approved a Land Use & Character update to Vision Holly Springs Comprehensive Plan, which guides decisions on how the town will look and feel for years to come. It also will provide a framework for strategic planning and capital investment throughout town.
The current Vision Holly Springs Comprehensive Plan originally was adopted in 2007. Since that time, the town experienced growth and change, almost doubling population and adding several large retailers and employers. The update to the Land Use & Character portion of the plan ensures that the plan accounts for the current town conditions and considers the community’s values and vision for the future.
The council also approved moving forward with a modified project at Sugg Farm Park. The project now will include restrooms, accessible parking and a dog park. Originally, a large picnic shelter with a kitchen and restrooms was planned instead. Next steps include:
- Exploring alternative construction types and costs for facility within the original picnic shelter project budget
- Seeking Triangle Land Conservancy approval of the modified project
- Gathering public input regarding dog park operations
The council enacted a 25 mph speed limit in downtown Holly Springs along Avent Ferry Road from Oak Avenue to Earp Street and along Main Street from Oak Avenue to Rogers Street. The reduced speed limits in newly developed portions of the downtown Village District are an effort to improve safety.
The council approved an agreement with NCDOT for connecting traffic signals with the town’s fiber infrastructure. The more reliable connection will establish a baseline communication for real-time traffic management and enable coordination of signals. Future work could involve updating the signals and connecting them with the state’s traffic center.
The council also approved:
- Semi-annual amendments to the Town’s Unified Development Ordinance.
- Rezoning 160 acres off Rex Road, north of the existing quarry, to Industry & Technology Conditional Use, consistent with the Vision Holly Springs Comprehensive Plan and creating a transition of uses from the quarry site.
- Special exception use allowing for a tasting room at Homecrafted Brewpub, off Tradition Trail, in the Research & Technology District.
- Preliminary plan for a 43-lot subdivision off Holly Springs New Hill Road.
- Amendment to Street Tree Maintenance Regulations with modifications suggested by NC Forest Service.
- Project budget to add a water line along School Days Lane to maintain appropriate fire flow as demand increases.