Holly Springs considers backyard chickens, vote for name of new park
by Michelle Babcock
May 05, 2013 12:00 AM | 2298 views | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Holly Springs resident is scheduled to address the city council about his desire for backyard chickens at a city council work session and special called meeting Monday night.

City resident Tyler Ames said Friday he plans to address the council on the benefits of backyard chickens and the issue of “food sovereignty.”

City Manager Rob Logan said the city’s ordinance does not allow chickens in residential areas and Ames indicated he will request the city change the ordinance.

The council is also set to discuss and vote on a name for the city’s new 33-and-a-half-acre park.

Mayor Tim Downing said $1.5 million from the county’s parks bond fund and the city’s parks and recreation fund will help pay for the project.

The city purchased the property near Harmony on the Lakes in 2011. The park will feature typical aspects of what developers called a “passive” park, or a park without areas for organized sports, such as a walking trails and large green spaces.

The new park will be the third addition to the city’s park facilities, including Barrett Park just off Hickory Road on Park Lane and J.C. Mullins Field, located on Holly Springs Parkway just behind ACE Academy.

During the work session and meeting, the council will also:

• Consider proclamations for National Teachers’ Day, Teacher Appreciation Week and Municipal Clerk’s Week;

• Discuss the proposed route by Cherokee County Water and Sewerage Authority for the downtown sanitary sewer;

• Discuss a contract extension with Prudential Georgia Realty for 101 Harmony Lake Drive;

• Discuss an agreement for offender supervision services between the city and Georgia Probation Management Inc.;

• Discuss solid waste regulations;

• Discuss a rezoning request to amend a conditional use permit for Lyndon Academy;

• Discuss proposed text amendments to the city’s zoning ordinance; and

• Discuss purchase of a sound system for the council chambers/courtroom

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