At its April 21 meeting, the Holly Springs Town Council approved updates to the Town’s Comprehensive Plan, which guides future land use, and approved a motion to request the county to expand the Town’s planning jurisdictions, which would ensure future development outside Town limits compliments development inside.
Updates to the Town’s Comprehensive Plan included consolidating Town gateway plans and adding a new section regarding the North Main Corridor Area. The opening of the Town’s athletic complex on North Main St. is expected to be a catalyst for development nearby, a staff document states.
The plan for the North Main Corridor Area identifies where the Town would like to see commercial, office, mixed use and residential development rather than the previous broad “mixed use” classification. In developing the plan, a process that has taken about a year, the Town held a public meeting and offered an online survey, which was completed by about 600 residents.
The council approved a motion to request Wake County to expand the Town’s extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) and short range urban service area. Town Planning & Zoning Department Director Gina Clapp said the goal was to ensure future development in those areas, “parcels we've planned our utilities around,” will connect to Town water and sewer services.
The ETJ area is primarily to the west and south of the Town’s current limits where the Town anticipates water and sewer being available for the properties within the next 5-10 years. Property owners within the ETJ would not pay Town taxes, but development on the property would be subject to Town planning and zoning regulations. Click here for more information about the ETJ request.
The short range urban service area proposed is within one mile of Town sewer system extensions projected to occur in the next 10 years. While these areas would remain under the county's planning and building regulations, if a request to develop the property is submitted, the developer would be required to work with the Town to determine if water and sewer are within a reasonable distance to require a connection.
Also at the meeting, the Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce addressed the council, voicing support for various Town initiatives and noting the growing business community in Holly Springs.
“We firmly believe that a town that isn't growing isn't going anywhere,” said LeeAnn Plumer, the chamber's executive director.
Other meeting business
The May 2 opening of the Holly Springs Farmers Market was discussed. The ninth annual Town farmers market season runs every Saturday, May 2-Oct. 10, in the parking lot across Main St. from Town Hall.
The council approved entering a 10-year license agreement with Holly Springs Baseball LLC (the Salamanders) for partial use of the all-sports stadium at the North Main Athletic Complex. The base license fee will be $75,000 annually for the first five years and $95,000 per year for the second five years, plus 40% of ticketed revenues from any event run by the company other than regular Salamander home games, in exchange for a one-third usage of the stadium.
The council approved drafting a resolution supporting legislation to erode the state’s lengthy certificate of need process for hospitals and clinics seeking to open or expand in any community.
“Anything that can be done to provide more opportunities for better medical care for the citizens, as long as that is the end result, make it so,” said Councilman Jimmy Cobb.
Mayor Dick Sears proclaimed May 2 as Kids Appreciation Day in Holly Springs. The 13th annual celebration, a Kiwanis Club event co-sponsored by the Town's Parks and Recreation Department, is set for 2-4:30 p.m. that day at Sugg Farm. The day is one of the most anticipated annual family-focused, fun-filled events for local children, their families and Holly Springs schools. It enables families and the business community to join with schools to celebrate the end of the school year.
Cobb, a member of the Kiwanis Club, recognized this year’s terrific kids and teachers at the council meeting (see photo), which the club will recognize at the celebration.
Councilman Hank Dickson voiced congratulations to Carlos Rodon, who recently pitched his first game with the White Sox. Rodon grew up in in Holly Springs and pitched for Holly Springs High School, taking the school to a state championship in 2011.