The Cherokee County Planning Department is increasing the period for public input on the Hickory Flat Area Plan.

The new virtual meetings will be three weeks long and are set for Dec. 2-23 and Jan. 13 to Feb. 3. All interaction can be completed online at www.hickoryflatareaplan.com.

The Hickory Flat Area Plan encompasses the core of Hickory Flat, roughly a two-mile radius from the intersection of Hickory Flat Highway and East Cherokee Drive. This study area includes more than 3,600 acres, 500 of which are located in the City of Holly Springs. Principal Planner Margaret Stallings and Senior Planner Chris Luly reintroduced the plan to the Cherokee County Board of Commissioners in October, explaining the new approach to the input process. The three-week windows will allow residents and business owners the ability to provide their input in a virtual platform. In-person meetings will not be held, however, interested parties should use the project website, www.hickoryflatareaplan.com, to provide feedback or contact Chris Luly directly at celuly@cherokeega.com or 678-493-6110.

“Hickory Flat residents and businesses have the opportunity to share their vision of what Hickory Flat will look like over the next 20 years,” Stallings said during the meeting. “This is your opportunity to tell the county what you want to see in the area. We conducted similar public input meetings in the southwest area of the county, which told the county those residents wanted parks. Now, we are working with the community to develop the types of parks they want in their area.”

The goal of the plan is to start with a blank slate and work with community members to create a long-term plan. Input meetings began in January, but COVID-19 and related state orders forced the process to pause. For more information, visit www.hickoryflatareaplan.com.

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