The Holly Springs City Council approved a request for the annexation and rezoning of around a quarter acre of land located off Holly Springs Parkway and Riverside Way during its meeting on Monday.

Community Development Director Nancy Moon said at the Nov. 9 council meeting that a significant portion of this land was annexed previously, with a strip on the south side of the development left to provide contiguity to property located within unincorporated Cherokee County, located on the east side of Holly Springs Parkway, to avoid creating an island. Since this zoning was approved, it was determined that this section belongs to Holly Springs, and was already an unincorporated island.

This 10-foot strip of land will be brought into the city so that all of the property is located within the city limits of Holly Springs. The land will also be rezoned from single family residential to traditional neighborhood development.

Holly Springs City Manager Rob Logan said at the Holly Springs Planning Commission meeting in October that the strip of land would be a part of the Turner Village development, would be bound by the same zoning stipulations, and will be owned by the homeowner’s association. He added that the strip is located outside of the lots of the development, and that the developer is planning to plant evergreens within the strip of land.

Council then approved a pair of requests from Darren Biddy to rezone around 16 acres located off of Marble Quarry Road from neighborhood commercial, to single family residential, as well as a variance from the regulations of the city’s zoning ordinance and development regulations for this property.

Moon said at the Nov. 9 council meeting that this property was zoned neighborhood commercial in 1996 to accommodate both residential use, and the operation of a cabinet shop. The family is requesting to rezone the property to single family residential so that it can be subdivided for additional family use, and to allow lot lines to be moved to comply with the single family residential zoning district to avoid any nonconforming uses that would come with staying zoned as neighborhood commercial.

Council also approved a list of proposed street names for the new roads in the town center district. The new roads will each be named after past mayors of Holly Springs, honoring their service to the city. There will also be a street that leads to fire station 8, with the proposed name of Henry Patrick Drive, named after Henry Patrick, who was a former fire chief for the city’s volunteer fire department.

Lastly, council voted to approve budget amendments for the fiscal year 2020 budget for various funds, as well as appropriations for the fiscal year 2021 general, operating grant, parks and recreation, hotel/motel tax, SPLOST, town center, stormwater, urban redevelopment, and debt service funds.

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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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