Sept. 17, the Holly Springs Town Council held a public hearing on a future land use plan update to help guide development decisions as the town grows in size. The council most likely will vote on final adoption of the update at its next meeting on Oct. 1.
The draft Land Use & Character section update to the Vision Holly Springs Comprehensive Plan, which guides decisions regarding future development proposals, will influence the look and feel of Holly Springs.
The Vision Holly Springs Comprehensive Plan originally was adopted in 2007. Since that time, the town has grown and changed. Updating the Land Use & Character portion of the plan accounts for the changes that have shaped the town and considers the community’s values and vision for the future.
Click here to review the draft plan.
Also at the meeting, the council awarded the bid for the sale of the Norris-Holland-Hare House to a local family to preserve the historic structure’s character. The town bought the house, saving it from demolition, in December 2017 with the expectation of selling it with preservation requirements.
Newly appointed Board of Adjustment members Cody Loughridge and Jayson Greene took the oath of office, and new Communications & Marketing Director Cassie Hack was introduced.
Also at the meeting, the council:
- Approved resurfacing town roads ranked most in need of repairs. Project funding is from state shared gasoline tax revenues. The work is expected to be completed next calendar year.
- Approved a resolution renaming a 90-foot portion of Tullich Way to Third Street. No current addresses exist along that portion of the road from its intersection at Stone Hedge Court east to its intersection with Blalock Street. The name change will allow clearer navigation of the road for drivers.
- Moved forward with the process to adopt Main Street from the state, which will give the Town more control of work in the Downtown Village District and further opportunities for street closures for festivals and other events, creating a more pedestrian friendly downtown area.
- Approved of applying for federal grant funding distributed by the North Carolina Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization for several road and sidewalk projects.
- Executed an interlocal agreement with the Town of Apex for building inspections services. The interlocal agreement will enable each town’s building inspectors to provide building inspection services to each other. Certified inspectors are becoming more difficult to replace in the current job market, staff said, and recent legislation requires jurisdictions to complete inspections within two days of scheduling.
- Adopted revisions to the Board Appointments Policy, including clarifying responsibilities of the Town Clerk’s office, adjusting the deadline to apply for mid-term vacancies and more.
Also at the meeting, the Holly Springs High School Colla Voce choir performed and discussed its upcoming trip to London to sing at the London International Choral Festival.