Holly Springs considers zoning requests
by Megan Thornton
mthornton@cherokeetribune.com
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HOLLY SPRINGS — The Holly Springs City Council heard an annexation request and a different zoning proposal for 3095 Marble Quarry Road on Monday after the city’s planning commission struck down a request to zone the area for general commercial.

Applicants Breneda and Robert Livingston of Jamestown, Tenn., through attorney Darrell Baldwin, wrote a letter dated March 1, the day after the zoning hearing, requesting a formal amendment to their annexation petition to change the rezoning request to Neighborhood Commercial.

“It is the applicants’ understanding, after reviewing the zoning ordinances and the city’s expressed policy for this corridor along Sixes (Road) that Neighborhood Commercial is more in line with the city’s plans,” the letter states.

The Cherokee County Board of Commissioners also weighed in Tuesday night at its meeting, passing a resolution saying that while the board did not oppose the annexation, it did respectfully request that the Holly Springs council leave the property zoned Office and Institutional, since it fit with the county’s land use plan.

The Holly Springs City Council could take a vote on it as early as March 18 at its next meeting.

Though many spoke out about the original zoning application last Thursday, no one at the work session Mon day, including council members, voiced a preference about the change.

Community Development Director Nancy Moon said the proposed zoning is similar to Office and Institutional, but Neighborhood Commercial implies more retail use than the office and medical uses seen under the current zoning.

“However, under O&I, you also have drugstores, office buildings, gift shops, and restaurants, all of which are allowed in Neighborhood Commercial,” she said.

Moon said the land could be developed for “small-scale use,” but no plan had been submitted to the city for a specific uses.

The original zoning application said the proposed development includes a general grocery store and “complimentary retail use” in a craftsman-style that would exhibit a neighborhood feel.

“The applicant is requesting to go to (NC) to have it a little more marketable than a true O&I zoning,” she said.

The annexation request has remained the same, and includes a request to annex the 2.04 acres at the property now located in unincorporated Cherokee County and zoned Office and Institutional.

At Monday’s work session, Moon said the property is surrounded by a number of different uses, including Office and Institutional within the city — which includes Christian Praise Center across the street and the Marathon gas station across Sixes Road — R-40 in the surrounding parts of the city as well as the county and agricultural in the county.

“This particular property is in an area that is somewhat zoned for multiple types of uses,” Moon said.

She added that the city’s land use map identifies the location as an area set aside for single-family residential neighborhoods. However, adjacent to the property are institutional facilities, including schools, office and business parks, Moon said.

“That general corridor all the way down to Marble Quarry was planned as more of a bridge to the residential area, not necessarily general commercial all the way to Sixes Road but office/institutional and certainly for neighborhood commercial uses,” Moon said.

Additionally, the council:

* Discussed a conditional use permit to replace a nonconforming manufactured home located at 3421 Holly Springs Parkway. Moon said it does not meet current standards and the owner would like to upgrade the manufactured home to bring it up to current zoning standards.

* Discussed a copy machine lease agreement;

* Discussed the surplus of vehicles and equipment;

* Discussed two contracts to provide jurisdictional coding compliance review services relative to utilities for $2,675.60 each. City Manager Rob Logan recommended, at a minimum, to approve one of the contracts;

* Discussed a renewal lease agreement for 100 Hickory Circle, which is being leased for Cherokee FOCUS;

* Discussed the purchase of multi-purpose immobilization devices, commonly known as tasers, from Karbon Arms, Inc. for $13,047 for 16 units;

* Discussed proposals for electrical upgrades in the municipal building; and

* Discussed a special event permit application for Holly Springs Elementary FIT Club to hold a 5K race on May 4 along Hickory Road. City Clerk Karen Norred said the route may change depending on whether the new parent drive at the school is completed prior to the race.
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