Holly Springs Town Council meetings this month have focused on growth and investments in parks and recreation facilities.
At its meeting Feb. 21, the council postponed deciding on a residential rezoning request for property along Honeycutt Road. The council continued a public hearing on the request until March 7 and directed that the Planning Board review any changes.
At the same meeting, the council rezoned about 30 acres along N.C. 55 south of Green Oaks Parkway to community business, which would allow for development similar to the Walmart and South Park Village shopping centers.
The council also rezoned 3.7 acres on Avent Ferry Road to residential conditional use, matching the zoning of surrounding properties. A historic house is located on the site, and the property owner expressed willingness to allow its relocation off site.
The council voted to approve a building addition to the front of Holly Springs United Methodist Church on Avent Ferry Road. A narthex with a 700-square-foot main floor area has been designed to blend with the architecture of the original church, which was dedicated in 1917.
Also on Feb. 21, new Planning Board member Dana Rybak was administered the oath of office. In addition, the council voted to add a ninth member to the board and appointed Shaun McGrath to that in-town member seat.
Council members also adopted a street closing order abandoning unused road right-of-way at the end of Thomas Mill Road.
Town Council Planning Retreat
Growth issues were a major focus of the council’s annual planning retreat in mid-February in Southern Pines. Topics included land use and future growth areas, tree preservation and mass grading, rural land development, townhomes, and housing density and the resulting traffic.
Council members and staff explored whether growth policies and regulations need updating while asking whether it is realistic to expect zero negative impacts.
Town officials also discussed options for an additional gymnasium.
Feb. 7, 2017 Council Meeting
The Town Council approved entering into a naming rights agreement for North Main Athletic Complex with Ting, Inc. The company has agreed to buy naming rights to the town-owned sports complex and stadium for $330,000 over three years.
Also on Feb. 7, the council approved a policy on rental fee discounts and partnerships for non-profit groups in Holly Springs when holding charitable events at town parks and recreation facilities. The policy allows for a 25 percent discount on rental fees once a year for Holly Springs 501(c)(3) organizations.
The council also approved:
- A master plan for the Southern Crossroads multi-family residential and commercial development on 54 acres at the future intersection of Piney Grove-Wilbon Road and an extended Main Street.
- A preliminary plan for Twelve Oaks phase 10, which includes 192 single-family lots and a roadway connection from the subdivision to Old Holly Springs Apex Road.
- Funds toward Bass Lake Park repairs for damage from Hurricane Matthew. Repairs are needed to the parking lot, stream channel and building insulation.
The council also received a report of the town's annual financial audit.