Mayor Tim Downing polled members at the council’s meeting on whether they would support a proposed residential development in the Hickory Flat area. Three out of five council members objected to the idea and one said he was undecided.
Downing said a company is looking to develop the former Mann greenhouse property in Hickory Flat that would include a senior living aspect with a proposed density of six units per acre.
The property is now zoned agricultural, and would have to be rezoned to allow for that type of development, City Manager Rob Logan said.
Council members Dee Phillips, Michael Zenchuk and Jeremy Smith said when polled they were not in favor of rental properties in the Hickory Flat community, while Councilman Kyle Whitaker said he would need more information as the project progresses.
Logan said Wednesday that he did not have renderings of the proposed project available from the company, New Life Development Group.
“It is my impression that the man who expressed interest in the property wanted to find out whether or not the council would be supportive of rental senior units in that area, and if not, he wasn’t going to submit,” Logan said.
The man was not at the council meeting and Logan could not give his name.
“The concensus was that the council does not want this and I don’t see this moving forward,” Logan said.
The property is a part of the contested annexations Cherokee County sued Holly Springs to stop. The court case was originally decided in Cherokee County Superior Court in favor of the county, who would have retained the zoning approval ability under that decision.
Holly Springs appealed the case to the Georgia Court of Appeals, who ruled that Holly Springs had the right to annex the property, paving the way for the council to decide any rezoning on the land.
Also at the meeting, the council:
* Approved adding additional streets to the local maintenance and improvement grant resurfacing project to be paid from the SPLOST IV fund. The added streets include Brookhaven Way for $5,492.88, Brookhaven Lane for $21,151.99, Ash Street for $73,420.50 and Crescent Circle for $72,185.14;
* Approved a property and casualty insurance proposal in the amount of $68,502 from Georgia Interlocal Risk Management Agency as well as a resolution and an intergovernmental agreement with the agency;
* Approved the workers compensation insurance renewal in the amount of $45,658 with Key Risk Insurance Company;
* Approved the 2012-2013 Annual Renewal Service Agreement with the Cherokee Office of Economic Development in the amount of $2,000 to be paid from the Hotel/Motel Tax fund;
* Approved the purchase and installation of a dedicated air conditioner system in the amount of $3,295 for the data/server room by Reliable Heating & Air;
* Approved a resolution appointing Jeff Rusbridge as municipal prosecuting attorney and Alicia Argo as assistant prosecuting attorney in accordance with Senate Bill 352; and
* Approved the text amendment to Section 4.0 Residential and Non-residential Development Standards of the Holly Springs’ Development Regulations.