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Holly Springs Enacts Building Moratorium, Freeze on Subdivisions

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HOLLY SPRINGS — Ten years ago, there were 900 residents inHolly Springs. Today, there are more than 9,000. About 500 new homes are going up in the town every year, which has created several problems commissioners hope to solve with a new moratorium on residential development.

Town leaders say there is not enough water to supply many more homes, and there are not enough businesses to support the people who live here.

"I can't even go eat breakfast right here in the morning," says Mayor Gerald Holleman. "I'd like to have a place to sit down and a little variety of breakfast in the morning. Sit down and have a cup of coffee, a cup of tea, and eat a bagel, I can't do that. I'd kind of like to have that there. And I don't want to give away all the water and sewer before we have a place to eat breakfast."

As a result, town commissioners have enacted a 45-day moratorium on all new residential building permits. Developers who have already received approval to build on certain lots can continue to do so. The moratorium only affects parts of subdivisions that have not yet been approved for construction.

Commissioners have also decided to freeze subdivision development. There are 26 subdivisions in the town; town commissioners say that is more than enough, at least until they get businesses to come to town.

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