Downtown Village District Area Plan
About this project
The Town is updating the long range plan that guides the growth, development, and redevelopment of downtown Holly Springs, also known as the Village District Area.
Through this update, the Town hopes to learn:
- how the Downtown Village District Area can continue to grow and evolve in a rapidly changing and dynamic environment
- how to incentivize new opportunities
- how the downtown area can continue to develop its sense of place in the community.
The plan covers Main Street from Third Street, where the post office is located, south past the hospital to N.C. 55. From east to west, the area is roughly sandwiched between Avent Ferry Road and Raleigh Street. While this area currently may be referred to as the “Downtown Village District,” that name may be updated based on feedback from the community.
Discovery (October-December 2022)
The initial phase consists of a lot of research. The project consultants will study everything from census data to how traffic flows to what kinds of trees grow best in Holly Springs. The history of Holly Springs will be considered, as well as social, environmental, and economic conditions. During this time, the first community workshop is held, in addition to meetings with elected officials, advisory group members, and stakeholders.
Analysis & Concept Development (January-March 2023)
All the information collected during the discovery phase gets analyzed. The consultant will make maps and diagrams to help understand the built and natural environment, and the consultant will determine how all the systems that make a town work...work together. During this time, the second community workshop is scheduled, in addition to meetings with elected officials, advisory group members, and stakeholders.
Draft Plan (April-July 2023)
Once existing conditions are understood, the consultant will draft a master plan that will include land use (which literally means what the land is used for, such as residential or commercial), character and aesthetics, parks and open spaces, and multi-modal transportation (cars, buses, bikes, and more). During this time, another community workshop is scheduled. Meetings with elected officials, advisory group members, and stakeholders also are planned.
Getting the Plan Approved (August-September 2023)
Based on community feedback on the draft plan, the consultant will draft a master plan that will include land use (which literally means what the land is used for, such as residential or industrial), character and aesthetics, parks and open spaces, and multi-modal transportation (cars, buses, bikes, and more!). The consultant will provide a step-by-step action plan for Holly Springs and partners to realize the vision the community helped create.
A completed plan is anticipated to be adopted in Fall 2023.
- Project Kick-off (Fall 2022)
- Public Engagement
- Community Survey (October - November 2022)
- Advisory Committee Meeting #1 (November 2, 2022)
- Stakeholder Interviews (November 17, 2022)
- Community Open House (November 17, 2022)
- Discovery Review (Public Engagement Summary #1)
- Existing Conditions Report