HOLLY SPRINGS A proposed neighborhood off Payne Road as well as townhomes on Holly Springs Parkway were discussed and opposed at Monday night’s meeting of the Holly Springs City Council.

Riverside and Hunters Ridge neighbors voiced their concerns with the proposed annexation and rezoning of 51 acres for the development of 170 single family homes off Payne Road. If the development is approved, construction crews and residents will be driving through Riverside to get to the new neighborhood because of a requirement for two entrances.

Due to the passion observed at the planning and zoning commission meeting last month regarding this application, Mayor Steven Miller addressed the group by saying, “ I love it when people are passionate about their community because we live in a world where people are apathetic about everything. So I welcome all your comments, I’m glad you’re here, but let’s keep it respectful for everybody.”

Five neighbors addressed the council with concerns including road conditions in neighboring subdivisions, safety of children, drainage, traffic and the impact on schools.

Both council and staff were stumped with how to please both parties, mostly regarding the concern that if Holly Springs doesn’t approve this project, the developer will most likely move on to the county or Woodstock to propose their development.

Miller addressed the crowd again by saying, “How do we find the middle ground? How do we find a way to make you safer and make this project work? That’s where we are right now.”

He also agreed to work with the residents of Hunters Ridge and Riverside to come up with solutions for their road conditions and need for crosswalks.

Council also discussed the application for annexation and rezoning of 13 acres on Holly Springs Parkway across from the Cherokee County Fire Training Facility for 75 townhomes in the $250,000 to $350,000 price point and a commercial strip on the front.

Due to being across the street from the Fire Training Facility, Cherokee County and Council shared concerns about the relationship between the two entities. Cherokee County shared concerns regarding noise, potential smoke concerns, security/ children, the extensive training schedule that will affect residents and code compliance. The facility performs training every day and some nights, which the county believes will be a disturbance to nearby residents.

Council members shared these concerns with an additional concern of the likelihood of selling the units for the price they are marked.

The council will vote on this issue and others at its meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. on July 15 at City Hall, 3235 Holly Springs Parkway.

Born and raised in the Canton/ Woodstock area, a graduate of Reinhardt University and a lover of life.

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