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Posted on: February 8, 2016

[ARCHIVED] Council approves backyard hens ordinance

At its Feb. 2 meeting, the Holly Springs Town Council approved an ordinance to allow residents to raise hens if certain conditions are met.

The ordinance allows up to three hens to be kept in residential lots of 10,000 square feet or more. Requirements for keeping hens include:

  • Residents must obtain a Planning and Zoning permit and approval from their homeowner's association.
  • Hens must be enclosed in a coop and pen. One coop and pen is permitted per lot and must be located no less than 12 feet from the property line.
  • Waste must be removed daily or more often and must be disposed of inside a plastic bag with household garbage (not with yard waste).
  • Click here for additional details.

In other business, the council approved a lease for the former Holly Springs police building, which is to be used for coworking.

The council created a no parking, standing and stopping zone on Cline Falls Drive near Heritage Point Drive to mitigate safety issues generated by drivers circumventing the school carpool lines. Existing signs will be replaced, reflecting the change.

The council approved sponsoring the Triangle Down Syndrome Network Buddy Walk by donating space at Sugg Farm in lieu of a sponsorship fee.

The council also approved a planned unit development amendment changing building setback requirements at Main Street Square and a development agreement for a 54-acre tract behind Walmart. The 20-year agreement ensures the town will not initiate a rezoning of the property.

Councilman Hank Dickson was appointed to attend South Wake Landfill Citizen Committee meetings. The committee meets twice a year to discuss the landfill and its operations, and to share thoughts and concerns. Click here for a more information about the county landfill and for a form to report landfill odors to the state.

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