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Posted on: December 4, 2014

[ARCHIVED] Road improvements, development move forward at council meeting

At its Dec. 2 meeting, the Holly Springs Town Council accepted funding toward improvements at the Avent Ferry Road and N.C. 55 intersection and rezoned 133 acres at the intersection of Woodscreek and Old Holly Springs Apex roads from mixed use to residential, incorporating the property into the Twelve Oaks development.

The council approved a municipal agreement with NCDOT to accept $925,000 toward improvements at the Avent Ferry Road and N.C. 55 intersection. The estimated project budget is $1,600,000. The Town's total cost is $675,000, and $486,000 of this amount will be funded from street reserves.

Town staff said the project will help alleviate traffic congestion on N.C. 55 and Avent Ferry Road. Click here for more information about the project.

Also at the meeting, the council approved rezoning about 133 acres at the intersection of Woodscreek and Old Holly Springs Apex roads from mixed use to residential. The property was incorporated in the existing Twelve Oaks development and was zoned as a planned unit development.

Staff noted that a recreation area and a greenway trail connecting the land with the current Twelve Oaks development will be included. Roads near the development also were discussed. Councilwoman Cheri Lee said she was concerned about how the development would affect traffic. Staff said anticipated vehicles on roads were studied and mentioned future road improvements, including I-540 and a new road to be built with the second phase of Holly Springs Towne Center that will connect with N.C. 55.

The council also discussed appointing representatives to serve on the Wake Transit Advisory Committee for updating a county transit network study. County officials want to involve the public so that technical thinking reflects community values and priorities. The Town of Holly Springs is seeking two people to serve on a 70-person advisory committee for the transit network planning effort. One person will represent the business community. The other will represent the community at large. Mayor Dick Sears also will serve on the committee.

The council also approved a schedule of regular meetings for 2015. The council will continue to meet at 7 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month.

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