After being considered at two planning and zoning commission meetings and three extensive City Council meetings, council members have approved a 18-plus acre mixed use development on Holly Springs Parkway across from Home Depot.

Developer Holly Springs SR Mix brought before the planning commission and then city council, their plan to build 252 apartments and a two-acre commercial development along Holly Springs Parkway facing Home Depot. Planning commission and council members alike were concerned about the traffic on the road, as well as what they described as a lack of planning for the traffic coming in and out of the development. The original plan showed only a right turn in and out configuration, which was raised repeatedly by city officials as a problem.

After an extensive meeting on Monday where Councilman Kyle Whitaker led the conversation regarding traffic concerns, the council ran through different ideas to make the plan work. Council member Dee Phillips reiterated to the applicant, “we like the plan, we just don’t see the traffic being feasible.”

After much deliberation, at a special called meeting following the work session, council unanimously voted to approve the mixed use development with staff stipulations and amendments. Amendments included improving the entrances to the property as well as a stipulation that the commercial section will need to provide connectivity to any future neighboring property to the south.

Council also approved a pedestrian bridge that will connect the north and south ends of Harmony on the Lakes. City Manager Rob Logan stated that the bridge should be under construction starting late this summer or early this fall.

The next Holly Springs City Council meeting with be at 7 p.m. on June 17 at City Hall, 3235 Holly Springs Parkway.

Born and raised in the Canton/ Woodstock area, a graduate of Reinhardt University and a lover of life.

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