At its Dec. 15 meeting, the Holly Springs Town Council approved rezonings and development plans, and approved unified development ordinance amendments to encourage downtown development.
The council approved rezoning 47 acres along Grigsby Avenue at Blooming Meadows Lane to R-10 residential, the same zoning as all adjacent properties. Staff discussed plans for the future connection of Teal Lake Drive, connecting the Somerset subdivision with the Parks at Bass Lake subdivision and Grigsby Avenue. Staff explained that the connection would need to be completed with the development of the property that was rezoned. The road connection will be reviewed once a subdivision plan is submitted. Estes Lane, also off Grigsby Avenue, could be extended across a stream and, with the connection of Teal Lake Drive, provide a road connection from Bass Lake Road to NC 55.
Also at the meeting, the council approved the Harris subdivision development plan. The subdivision includes 96 lots and is to be located south of 12 Oaks along Holly Springs-New Hill Road.
The council approved the development plan for Sunset Ridge North Business Center, II, a three-story office building. A breezeway will connect the building with the existing one near West Savannah Ridge Road and Linksland.
The council approved zoning .18 acres of former Durham & Southern railroad right-of-way near the town homes in Bridgewater to multi-family residential.
The council also approved unified development ordinance text amendments to encourage development of the downtown/village district by allowing construction on smaller lot sizes if certain architectural requirements are met. The council also voted to require construction of single-family homes downtown to obtain special exception use approval. Department of Planning & Zoning staff said the requirement was requested because the Town intends to update its Village District Area Plan soon, and staff wanted to ensure development is appropriate for the district.
Town staff updated the council on the bids received for projects to improve transportation on Avent Ferry Road. The Town is partnering with the North Carolina Department of Transportation to complete two projects to improve traffic flow on Avent Ferry Road: the extension of Main Street to connect with Piney Grove-Wilbon Road, and the reconfiguration of traffic movements in the intersection of Avent Ferry Road and NC 55. Five bids were received for the combined projects. Town staff said they will seek additional funding from the NCDOT as the lowest bid was well over the estimated cost.
The Wake County revenue director addressed the council about the county's reappraisal process. A reappraisal last was conducted eight years ago. The director noted the county's new online appeal option.
The council also received a report about the annual audit of the Town’s financial statements for the fiscal year that ended in June.
The council recognized Holly Springs Parks and Recreation all-star teams that participated in the Statewide Athletics Committee state soccer tournament. The 10U boys team won the state championship. The 10U girls and 12U boys teams were state runners up.
Chamber of Commerce Director Scott Manning updated the council on chamber initiatives in 2015 and plans for 2016. This year's activities included a job fair, candidates forum and fundraiser with the Holly Springs Arts Council. Plans for 2016 include continuing work with task forces on community engagement for nonprofit members and sports and leisure.