The Holly Springs Planning and Zoning Commission approved three agenda items Thursday involving a variance from buffer requirements and requests involving land around the intersection of Palm Street and Palm Lake Drive.

The first topic on the agenda dealt with the request of a variance from the buffer requirements as specified in the Holly Springs Zoning Ordinance. The property is located at 5382 Holly Springs Parkway. The variance was requested by JR Holly Springs LLC.

The property is the site of the existing O’Reilly Auto Parts and future Express Oil Change and Tire Engineers. The site plan was approved during the development of O’Reilly Auto Parts with an area that was left for a future business.

During the review of the development it was discovered that an easement had been obtained from a previous owner on the adjacent property of the currently under construction Turner Village. The buffer for the O’Reilly Auto Parts property had been designed to be located in the adjacent easement. The adjacent property owner will allow the buffer to be located within this easement.

The commission members voted to approve the buffer which would be shared by both properties.

The commission members also voted to approve requests by the city of Holly Springs regarding the annexation and rezoning of approximately one acre of land located in between Palm Street and Palm Lake Drive.

The property will become city right-of-way. The city is requesting that this property be rezoned to governmental until the project is finished.

The land was recently purchased for the purpose of creating a drainage project along Palm Street and the nearby railroad. The project is expected to begin in spring 2020.

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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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