The Holly Springs Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of the annexation and rezoning of around 16 acres located at 1548 Univeter Road at Thursday’s meeting.

The requests were made by Smith Douglas Homes. The applicant wants to rezone 1548 Univeter Road from single family residential estate to traditional neighborhood development for the development of 45 single-family detached houses. The proposed density is 2.75 houses per acre.

The company originally proposed 50 single-family detached houses with a proposed density of 3.06 units per acre, but was ultimately decreased to 45 homes due to concerns with the entrance sight distance and the intersection of Pinecrest and Univeter roads.

Changes to that intersection would include plans to improve or change the Pinecrest and Univeter intersection by shifting the intersection 90 feet to the West, which would give additional distance to help the proposed property meet the sight distance.

One side of the intersection is 35 mph, while the other side is 45 mph. Depending on which side developers decide to use, the sight distance should be 390 feet for 35 mph and 500 feet for 45 mph. The entrance would possibly be shifted over to the east, which is why the staff recommended to decrease the total number of homes from 50 to 45.

Several residents from the area spoke during the meeting, citing safety, traffic and site distance concerns as their biggest concerns.

Staff reports given to commission members stated that they believed the construction of the houses wouldn’t have a negative impact on the general area.

Commission members also voted to add a condition that an evergreen buffer be planted.

The next item on the agenda involved a request made by Bethannie Vercruysse for a conditional use permit for a massage wellness center for property located on Holly Springs Parkway. The property is zoned general commercial. The members voted to recommend approval of the request.

The last request of the meeting came from property owner Brad Wagner. Wagner requested for a variance from the setback requirements of 10 feet from the right-of-way for the replacement of a subdivision sign that was previously damaged by a car accident. Wagner requests for the setback to be reduced to five feet. The sign would be located at 100 Palm Lake Drive.

These agenda items could be voted on at the Jan. 23 city council meeting at 3235 Holly Springs Parkway at 7 p.m.

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Ethan is a reporter covering the cities of Holly Springs & Canton. He also covers city governments and lifestyle. He is a graduate of Kennesaw State University.

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