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

Posted December 20, 2016 7:06 p.m. EST
Updated December 21, 2016 8:38 a.m. EST

— 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.