During two meetings this week – a business meeting on June 18 and a workshop June 19 – the Holly Springs Town Council gave direction on options for using remaining 2011 park bond funds, discussed housing affordability and more.
Parks & Recreation Bond Projects
Council directed staff to work on options for projects funded by the remaining $8 million in 2011 Parks & Recreation bonds, which could be supplemented with possible grants and parks and recreation reserves. Project options include acquisition of parkland west of the N.C. 55 bypass, park development and greenways.
One of the greenway options discussed was a connection from the Holly Glen subdivision area to Utley Creek, near the existing pedestrian tunnel under the bypass. The greenway could connect to the Utley Creek greenway that, when constructed, will provide a connection through the tunnel to West Ballentine Street near downtown Holly Springs.
Another greenway option discussed at the meeting was one from the Arbor Creek subdivision, near a future connection to an Apex greenway, to Sunset Ridge North and Woodcreek. The greenway, coupled with the transportation bond project to widen Holly Springs Road and add sidewalks, also could provide a connection to downtown Holly Springs.
The Town Council directed staff to seek to retain a consultant to determine exact greenway routes and considerations for connections, and to seek specific land acquisition options for consideration.
Triangle J. Council of Governments (TJCOG) staff provided an overview of affordable housing, regional and local housing market trends, and other associated topics during the council’s June 19 workshop.
TJCOG staff said rising home values and the need for housing that is affordable to local workforces were regional issues and not local to Holly Springs. Increase in housing values, housing stock, benefits of affordable housing and actions local governments can take also were discussed. Click here to view the complete TJCOG presentation.
June 18 Meeting News
At its June 18 meeting, the Holly Springs Town Council recognized Kiara Leslie, who was the 10th overall pick in the WNBA Draft by the Washington Mystics. A 2014 graduate of Holly Springs High School, Leslie started her career at Maryland before transferring to NC State.
Also at the meeting, the council approved the development plan for Ferguson Warehouse Center in the Holly Springs Business Park. An 89,200-square-foot building, with an additional 36,000-square-foot expansion area, is proposed.
The council also approved the development plan for Holly Springs Long Term Care, a new 65,272-square-foot nursing home/long term care facility proposed off Ralph Stephens Road, as well as the development plan for Holly Springs Place, part of the Holly Springs Towne Center Master Plan designated for multifamily residential units.
The council deferred a decision on a major amendment to a development plan regarding modified building elevations at Peterson Station at Sunset Lake, a mixed use development off Sunset Lake Road.
Also at the meeting, the council:
- approved a special exception use, allowing for a single family building off West Earp Street.
- adopted an ADA Compliance and Grievance Policy, moving forward with its ADA Transition Plan to identify barriers in programs and activities that prevent persons with disabilities from accessing town services and infrastructure.
- appointed Cody Loughridge as in-town alternate member of the Board of Adjustment with a term ending Feb. 28, 2022. More about the board.
- proclaimed July as Park and Recreation Month in Holly Springs. The month-long celebration is part of a National Recreation and Park Association program. This year’s theme is “Game On,” and the Town will be celebrating the fun and games that the Parks & Recreation Department provides to citizens.