At its most recent meeting Thursday, the Holly Springs City Council heard a request for the annexation and rezoning of 4.2 acres located on Hickory Road and East Cherokee Drive for commercial/office use.

The applicant, John Stewart with Place Services, Inc., requested the annexation and rezoning of the property from single family residential estate (county) to general commercial (city). Community Development Director Nancy Moon said the property is part of a seven acre tract that was split by East Cherokee Drive. Moon added that only the portion on the west side of East Cherokee is being requested for annexation and rezoning.

The applicant proposes to develop the property, along with adjacent property that is already within the city limits of Holly Springs and zoned general commercial, for commercial/office use. Surrounding development in the area includes single family and quadplex residential, commercial, and governmental uses. Sequoyah High School is near this development as well.

Mayor Steven Miller suggested meeting with county officials to come up with a solution to help alleviate any additional traffic that could come with the approval of the project.

The city planning commission voted to recommend approval of the request at its Nov. 12 meeting.

Council also heard a request from Trinity Property Development, LLC, to rezone and annex around two acres of land located along Holly Springs Parkway and Misty Hollow Way.

Joel Larkin from Sams, Larkin & Huff, who is representing Trinity, said the applicant is requesting to have the roughly 2.2 acres rezoned from general commercial (county), neighborhood commercial (county), and single family residential (county), to general commercial (city) to develop this corner of land with a 7,000 square foot retail auto parts store. The existing auto repair business would remain, and a small parking lot would be built behind the business.

A conceptual site plan, showing the proposed development, proposes access consisting of a right-in/right out entrance/exit along Holly Springs Parkway, and a full access entrance/exit on Misty Hollow Way.

The planning commission voted to recommend approval of the request at its Dec. 10 meeting.

In an unrelated matter, council members approved an addition to a professional services agreement between Southeastern Engineering, Inc. and Holly Springs for lot consolidation plat.

City Manager Rob Logan said the property was assembled several years ago for the extension of P. Rickman Industrial Drive into Holly Springs Parkway.

This lot consolidation plat will combine a number of parcels located at this intersection. Logan said some of these parcels will be a part of the town center project, such as the proposed memorial area for the city’s veterans.

This work will survey and replat the parcels in question, with an hourly rate not to exceed $5,000.

Council will vote on the annexation and rezoning cases at its next meeting on Jan. 21.

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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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