Holly Springs is about to have a new front door to the region when the NC 540 interchange opens on Holly Springs Road near Sunset Lake Road. Over the past year, the Town has been collecting public feedback on what residents want to see in the northeast gateway area to guide development in a part of town that is about to grow and change.
“We’ve been thrilled with the amount of public participation the Town has received for this initiative,” said Development Services Director Chris Hills. “We received hundreds of surveys, had more than 150 people come to our open house to ask questions and share their hopes and concerns, and we’ve now incorporated this input into the draft master plan.”
The public input that has been received had some overarching themes. The first concept that residents asked for was the hope that NC 540 would not be something that divides the Town, but instead links Holly Springs to the region. Residents expressed a desire to have more commercial options, like restaurants and retail stores, but wanted them to reflect the gorgeous beauty of Holly Springs, instead of being cookie cutter development. Finally, residents wanted to be sure that any traffic impacts associated with new development would be minimized.
“They asked for commercial areas to incorporate green public spaces to give residents and visitors walkability,” said Hills. “They would love to see new small parks woven into development to enhance the quality of life for those who live here, and also create a destination for people new to Holly Springs. Many people mentioned the new Fenton development in Cary that could be used as inspiration down the road.”
The other concept that became clear to town staff was the public’s desire to be cognizant of the residents and businesses that already exist in the northeast gateway area.
“We heard loud and clear that there needs to be substantial buffers and transitions between land uses,” said Hills. “There are a lot of residents who already live in the area, and we want to be sensitive to their concerns and make sure future development doesn’t create a burden to them.”
Hills thanks everyone for their participation in the lengthy process to gain public feedback, because ultimately the master plan should reflect what residents want their community to look like in the future.
“Please take a moment to take a look at the draft master plan and keep in mind that this is not an exact blueprint of what will be built, but a concept that should be referenced by the Development Community when proposing development plans within the gateway area,” said Hills. “As development is proposed we will work with developers through the public hearing process to make sure their investment aligns with the look and feel that residents have indicated they desire.”
You can view the draft master plan here. It is open for public comment through December 9th.