The Holly Springs Town Council approved funding for the completion of the loop trail around Bass Lake and approved development plans for two subdivisions at the March 18 meeting.
A 50-foot pedestrian bridge (pictured) and 600-foot mulch walkway will be built to complete the loop trail at Bass Lake Park. Construction, expected to cost more than $300,000, is to begin in April and be complete by November.
Downton subdivision news
The council approved the 35-lot Downton subdivision development plan. The subdivision is to be located on 14.8 acres along West Holly Springs Road adjacent to the Oak Hall subdivision.
During the public hearing, three residents of adjacent properties spoke, expressing concerns about the development's density and how it would affect traffic, streams and wetlands. Town staff noted Downton’s density was comparable to neighboring properties. The developer is required to conduct flood studies, maintain a 50-foot buffer around streams, and install storm drainage devices that prevent rises in stormwater runoff depth from current levels downstream.
The council discussed whether a median was needed in front of the proposed subdivision road's intersection with West Holly Springs Road, as staff suggested. Also, the council asked staff for more information on the possibility of changing the name of Third Street to Tullich Way, as the two roads will connect.
Development on tract near Ralph Stephens Road
The council also approved a development plan for a subdivision near the Little Moccasin Lane and Ralph Stephens Road intersection. The subdivision is to include 157 single-family lots with a density of 2.16 units per acre. Community garden, volleyball and picnic areas are included in the plan.
The council also approved an infrastructure reimbursement agreement with the tract developer for oversizing a wastewater pump station and gravity sewer lines, preparing for future development in the area.
Pre-budget public hearing
The council held a public hearing for comments and ideas about the Town's budget for the next fiscal year before the council and staff begin shaping it. Although no one spoke during the public hearing, suggestions have been submitted through the government Facebook page, by email and by phone.
"We wanted to hear from residents and get their ideas of maybe some programs ... facilities or actually some service upgrades," said Town Manager Charles Simmons.
Also at the meeting, the council approved a special exception use petition for a recreation site within the Morgan Park subdivision, which is under construction off Avent Ferry Road.
As part of its consent agenda, the council adopted a $1,727,388 budget amendment to align bond project accounts and reimburse $331,936 to the Parks and Recreation reserve fund. The council also approved the Holly Springs Basal Creek pump station site plan and a $15,000 contract with Davenport & Company, LLC, for financial advisory services to be capped at $15,000.
In a special meeting before the regular session, the council gave consensus to request proposals for a Town branding study.
Chris Grams, president and partner of New Kind, a company that identifies itself as a community catalyst, compared branding with a sponge. He said his company encourages public collaboration, promoting openness and sharing in uncovering an organization's purpose and story.
Councilman Tim Sack noted the need to differentiate Holly Springs from other towns in the county, and Simmons said he was looking forward to a collective vision for the town.
"Our staff and community have always jumped in," said Councilwoman Linda Hunt Williams.
During the public comment portion of the meeting, locals were invited to participate in Relay for Life of South Wake, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, May 16-17 at South Park in Fuquay-Varina. The event's honorary chairs are Mayor Dick Sears and Fuquay-Varina Mayor John Byrne.
"It's a great cause," Sears said.