At its March 7 meeting, the Holly Springs Town Council rezoned 231 acres along Honeycutt Road. The rezoning may lead to 610 single-family houses, carriage-style attached homes, and traditional townhomes. At least 35 percent of the site – about 80 acres – will remain open space, including utility corridors and stormwater management devices. The developer will be responsible for numerous road improvements to help accommodate the additional traffic in the rapidly growing southwest part of town.
Nearby residents spoke against the rezoning, expressing concerns that included traffic and density.
The rezoning came a week after the Planning Board recommended approval in a 5-0-3 vote. The council had asked its advisory panel to take a second look given changes to the request over time. Planning Board Chairman Tom Hughes said the changes resulted in a much better proposal. The panel had voted 4-2 on the original request, which had fewer restrictions.
Changes included reducing the total number of homes allowed to 610 while lowering the number of townhomes or carriage-style attached homes. The revisions trimmed the density to 2.6 units per acre. That calculation is an average for the entire site rather than an acre-by-acre limitation.
Within 1,000 feet of the adjacent Garrison subdivision, however, the density cannot exceed Garrison’s density of 2.4 units per acre. No townhomes or carriage-style attached homes will be built within 1,000 feet of Garrison. Instead, all townhomes and attached homes will be within a half-mile of the intersection of Wade Nash and Piney Grove-Wilbon roads. That puts those housing types within an area that town land use maps have designated as a Community Growth Area since 2006.
Densities of other nearby subdivisions include Autumn Park at 4.25, Braxton Village at 2.5 and Holly Glen at 2.6 units per acre.
Buckhorn Creek Elementary School is approved nearby and anticipated to open in 2018. The developer will build greenway connections to the new elementary school and to Holly Springs High School.
No building permits will be issued prior to completion of the Main Street extension project, which is expected this year.
Road improvements required of the developer include:
- Installing a traffic signal at the Piney Grove-Wilbon and Honeycutt intersection when approved by the N.C. Department of Transportation
- Widening Honeycutt to a four-lane median-divided roadway along the property’s frontage
- Additional turn lanes
- A 50-foot school carpool lane
- Other road improvements that may arise during the review of the traffic impact analysis
Also at the meeting, the council tabled votes on the development plan for Downton Square Townhomes off West Holly Springs Road near the Oak Hall subdivision. The council also authorized entering into an infrastructure reimbursement agreement with the developers of 12 Oaks for oversized water and sewer lines, road widening and more.
Newly-appointed Planning Board and Board of Adjustment members were sworn in at the meeting. They included, on the Board of Adjustment, in-town member Bill Daniels; in-town alternate members LaDonna Carter and Tom McKay; and extraterritorial jurisdiction alternate member Lois Semmens. On the Planning Board, in-town members Dan Berry, Chris Deshezor and Shaun McGrath; and extraterritorial jurisdiction member John Stolarik were sworn in.
The council approved a bid for completion street improvements on roads maintained by the town. This year, streets slated for improvements include Dutch Hill Road, Onondaga Court, Skybrook Drive, Locklely Road, Crittenden Lane and Irving Parkway.
The council approved an additional $25,000 for upgrades to the town cemetery. Upgrades will include paving, grading and storm runoff control.