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Posted on: June 9, 2015

[ARCHIVED] A Growing Strategy

Growth and development top the list of hot topics in Holly Springs that get people talking. Opinions vary. Some welcome development in Holly Springs as part of living in a thriving economy while others worry that a burgeoning population is outpacing public facilities.
The truth is, development is on the uptick, and Holly Springs is one of the more desirable places to be in the Triangle. There is good economic news about that:
• growth in a community increases the value of your property. In a town that is not growing, property values do not increase but drop.
• because Holly Springs is a desirable community, property values go up and stay up because homes here sell and they sell quickly.
• a thriving economy grows, bringing more businesses, services and facilities that the community needs. A stagnant economy is not a healthy environment for either existing businesses or new ones.

Ours is a vibrant, thriving economy, and everyone wants to be here. Which brings us to our first point: some are okay with this and some are not.
The Holly Springs Town Council hears those who have concerns about growth and development. In response, we have created a new special information section on the Town of Holly Springs Web site titled, “A Growing Strategy.” Our aim is to provide facts on which residents can draw their own conclusions on the subject of growth in Holly Springs.
In “A Growing Strategy,” the Town communications office takes a look at many of the challenges and opportunities that come along with being a growing community. Staff has assembled facts about: the town’s history, including the last incredible 20 years; traffic and transportation; school capacities; property rights; regional growth; the parks system; the town’s water and sewer systems; how growth is good for business; popular myths and misinformation; and what it is like to sit in the seat of an elected official in Holly Springs and make the decisions that shape the future of the community.
The section, which was published this month, is a project of the Town’s Department of Public Affairs and Communications. It will continue to be updated as growth and prosperity continue in Holly Springs, and it will serve as a place where citizens can go to get information in the face of misinformation and where elected officials can go to help constituents sort through rhetoric and commentary. On the front page of “A Growing Strategy,” a poll question asks residents why they moved to Holly Springs. Those who answer can get real-time results of the responses.
Later, more questions will be posted on other pages.
The purpose of the project, town officials said, is to provide information that assures residents that the growth, prosperity and progress that Holly Springs enjoys today did not happen by accident. It happened with vision and innovative thinking by Town leaders (of today and in years past) whose responsibility it is to see far beyond the Holly Springs of today to the Holly Springs 20 years from now.

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