Thursday, March 17, 2011
City plan to be updated
By SUE WATSON
The Holly Springs comprehensive plan is in the process of being updated.
The original comprehensive plan was written in 1997 by Bob Barber of DeSoto County.
The city has hired Barber to update the plan. He reported March 1 on progress he is making on the study.
Looking back to recent accomplishments, Barber recalled the city forming a historic preservation program, made street improvements in the North Memphis Street area, entered into commercial development on Highway 7 South (Craft Street) and opened the North Holly Springs Bypass Road.
“All that and much more,” Barber said.
The population in the city has not seen much growth but has lots of potential for growth, he said. Only 150 to 200 have been added to the population since the last study, he said.
But the city can expect some growth and great changes because of joining Main Street Mississippi, he said.
“There are lots of things to look at in Holly Springs in the future,” Barber said. “Now we really are going to get started.”
The planning process is a three-stage affair – data, design, determination.
The data step involves collecting population figures, economic data and land use and building codes. The design stage sets goals and objectives to define the vision of Holly Springs for the next 20 years. The determination stage is where the plan is implemented through policy, building codes, design standards and funding sources.
Mayor Andre’ DeBerry said meetings with the planning and zoning departments and others will be useful for getting input from stakeholders.
“At some point, we need to parallel the plan with economic development studies and specifics,” he said.
In other business, the board of aldermen:
• approved a permit for the addition of a front entryway to Zion Luthern Church on Highway 311.
• learned that the Mississippi Development Authority’s HOME program has selected the City of Holly Springs for recognition as the best Homebuyer Assistance program in the state. The mayor added that 15 families were placed in homes last year.
“I think the city helped to improve the quality of life,” he said.
• approved travel for four Holly Springs Utility Department linemen to take a class. General manager Don Hollingsworth said the linemen have to pass all requirements and turn in all their work before they can take the class.
• discussed a new draft of building codes prepared by Michael Crittle, public works director. Alderman Harvey Payne asked several questions pertaining to certain technical requirements and contact phone numbers for electrical inspections and the city’s part in providing culverts for new residence drives. The handbook will be studied by aldermen and possibly adopted at the April 15 meeting.
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