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Town Council denies rezoning needed to bring new homes to Holly Springs

Posted December 20, 2016
Updated December 21, 2016

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— A hotly contested rezoning proposal was denied Tuesday night in Holly Springs.

Developers want to build hundreds of homes on 50 acres of land near N.C. Highway 55 and Avent Ferry Road, an area neighbors say is already full of traffic.

"We just worry that the addition of these 250 homes, an extra 500 cars on the roads, will cause a lot more traffic," said Diane Simon.

The homes, both single-family and townhomes, would be in Simon's backyard. Like many neighbors, her main concern is what it would mean for the roads.

"Another development just brings more traffic to this town," Simon said.

Ramesh Patel agrees with Simon.

"Right now, it's very bad traffic," Patel said. "They can develop, but they can develop single-family homes, single homes. Not like apartment-type development."

Sylvester Griffin said he sees the growth as a positive thing. Griffin, a native New Yorker, said traffic and people do not bother him.

"You have an empty lot and it needs to be filled. Townhomes will be in taxes, they will bring in more people to the community," he said. "It's a positive thing for the community."

The Town Council voted unanimously Tuesday night to denty the rezoning request for the property.

The population in Holly Springs has grown from about 6,000 in 1990 to about 31,000 in 2015, according to U.S. Census data.

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  • Greg Tarpley Dec 21, 9:03 a.m.
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    CalAtlantic is proposing to build only town homes ranging from $240K to $450K on that ~49 acres. The town's Future Land Use Plan defines the Community Growth Area located at Cass Holt and Avent Ferry and it's core as "a neighborhood commercial center." What's that mean? It means that business and commercial uses should constitute a minimum of 50% of the core area and the remaining 50% will be residential and institutional uses. I have lived in Holly Springs for over a decade. The other folks working on curtailing the uncontrolled growth in the area have lived there longer than me. All that is being asked is that the town follow its own guidelines in an effort to "retain and enhance a “Village-like” atmosphere." Installing 235 homes on ~49 acres in that location does not fit the vision and the Town Council is in agreement.

    http://www.hollyspringsnc.us/DocumentCenter/View/508

  • Jason Galarneau Dec 21, 7:59 a.m.
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    Typical attitude from people that already live in an area, most of whom probably moved here in the last five years. The area in question is being addressed with new road design and some new roads to alleviate traffic on Avent Ferry Road. What most people don't understand is we need townhomes and apartments in a community. Not everyone can afford a 3 - $500,000 single family home. It's unfortunate that attitudes like this effect rezoning application.