During last Thursday’s meeting, the Holly Springs planning commission heard a request to annex and rezone property located along East Cherokee Drive for commercial/office use.

The applicant, John Stewart with Place Services, Inc., requested the annexation and rezoning of around four acres 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. Only the portion on the west side of East Cherokee is being requested for annexation and rezoning. City staff recommends approval of the requests, and the commission voted to recommend approval of the requests as well.

In unrelated news, the commission also voted to recommend approval of a request for a variance from city buffer requirements. The property at 130 Hickory Springs Industrial Drive, is zoned light industrial and is owned by Cobb Industrial, Inc., who are currently developing the land.

Moon said the owners are looking to develop a part of the land in the area for the purpose of creating a parking lot for its delivery trucks. The applicant said that around 70 trucks will be parked in the lot.

Reduction of the buffer requirements would allow the owner to be able to park additional trucks on the property. The applicant is requesting the buffer to be reduced on the eastern side of the property. Part of this area will be replanted with Savannah holly trees and eastern red cedar trees. A fence would also be constructed along a portion of this area.

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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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