HOLLY SPRINGS — Southern Holly Springs continues to appeal to developers.
The Town Council on Tuesday unanimously approved plans for about 190 new homes, and 80 percent of them are south of the N.C. 55 Bypass.
Beazer Homes plans to build 157 homes on 72 acres near the intersection of Ralph Stephens Road and Little Moccasin Lane, just off the bypass.
The lots will be at least 5,700 square feet, and the homes will be at least 2,000 square feet, according to documents provided to the town.
Most of the town’s growth in recent years has been in that area.
Though the growth has resulted in some traffic back-ups, the southern part of town continues to draw interest from builders because it has swaths of available land and is close to an elementary, middle and high school on Avent Ferry Road.
“We’re even getting more interest in commercial out there,” Mayor Dick Sears said. “Nothing concrete, but there’s interest.”
The developer’s plan sets up Holly Springs for future growth on the southeast side of the bypass.
In exchange for permitting credits, Beazer Homes agreed to build an oversized water pump that will extend the town’s water and sewer service to about 900 acres off Ralph Stephens Road, Town Manager Chuck Simmons said.
“The town gets infrastructure, and the private sector pays for it,” he said. “It’s a good deal.”
The town also approved a plan for 35 homes on about 15 acres off of West Holly Springs Road near the Oak Hall subdivision. JVI Development plans to build on lots that will be at least 5,000 square feet.
Nearby residents said at a public hearing that they worried the project would increase traffic.
The developer plans to connect Third Street and Tullich Street, which will create a connection between North Main Street and Holly Springs Road.
Council members said they didn’t see it as enough of a problem to hold up the project, but they hope to talk about a traffic-calming solution at an upcoming meeting.
The council will consider adding a four-way stop, or may add another stop sign at the corner of Stone Hedge Court and Third Street, Councilman Hank Dickson said.
“I think that alone would help prevent aggressive driving and slow down traffic,” he said.
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