At its April 4 meeting, the Holly Springs Town Council adopted a resolution stating the council's opposition to House Bill 436. The bill proposes to eliminate the ability of towns and counties to charge development-related impact fees. These fees, paid by developers, offset capital costs of local government infrastructure for services like schools, water, sewer, parks and street networks.
"Whereas, the Holly Springs Town Council believes development should 'pay for itself,'" the resolution states, "the Council is not inclined to lower the quality of our town's infrastructure for our residents nor is it willing to shift the burden of providing that infrastructure to citizens by raising taxes to replace lost revenue."
Also at the meeting, the council tabled the Downton Square development plan, a proposed 88-townhome development, until a full-access entry road is provided. The development would have been located on W. Holly Springs Road and would have provided future interconnectivity from W. Holly Springs Road to Oak Hall with a right-in, right-out connection. Council members cited safety concerns involving traffic turning into the proposed development. The Planning Board also had voted to deny the development plan. Residents voiced traffic concerns during the public hearing.
The council approved a plan amendment regarding design guidelines at the Collins Park development, which would include three to eight commercial outlots at the northwest side of the intersection of Ralph Stephens Road and N.C. 55.
The council received citizen input about the fiscal year 2017-18 budget during a public hearing. In emails and at the council meeting, residents asked for funding for improvements to parks and road connections, public transit and more. The purpose of the hearing, which is addition to another public hearing that is required by law later in the budget process, was to give residents a chance to have input as the budget is being developed.
Also, the council appointed Edward Donovan to fill a vacancy on the Board of Adjustment.
Beericana Craft Beer and Music Festival organizers reported to the council about the annual festival's first three years at Sugg Farm at Bass Lake Park. The council entered into a license agreement with 919 Beer for the 2017 festival.