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Mt. Holly council gets land use plan update

Feb 27, 2020 10:29AM

Mt. Holly’s Land Use Plan also takes into account its already vibrant downtown area.

By Alan Hodge

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The Mt. Holly city council received an update on the municipality’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan at its February 10 meeting. The firm of Kimley Horn has been working on the plan since June 2019.

The idea behind the Land Use Plan is to “provide general guidance as land use decisions are considered in the future”.

The plan will also  “reflect the  vision from the Strategic Vision Plan Update and land use principles that provide broader direction for the future of Mt. Holly”.

The plan will be completed in June 2020.

As the presentation revealed, part of the plan includes parks. The fully updated park plan is the first one since 2010 and will include recommendations for facilities, branding, marketing, programs, and organizational structure.

According to the presentation, the plan’s study area contained more than the land within the city limits. The city proper has 10.9 square miles and the study area includes 33.8 square miles, Since 2010 the area has seen a population growth of 13.3 percent to a total of 24,212.  That same time period 

The presentation showed public input has been a vital part of the plan. So far, two of four steering committee meeting have been done  and a stakeholder symposium took place on July 25, 2019. An online survey was done from July 19, 2019 to September 13, 2019. Public workshops took place August 27, 2019, December 3, 2019 and will take place on March 19, 2020. The yield was over 600 touch points, 25,000 data points, and over 1,200 written remarks.

The meetings yielded interesting results. Folks expressed a desire to connect people and places, promote downtown Mt. Holly, parks and natural areas add value, and growth is acceptable if done correctly.

The council presentation wrapped up by laying out the next steps for the plan which will be the March 19 workshop, a steering committee meeting on April 8, 2020, a planning commission meeting on June 1, 2020, and the June 8, 2020 city council meeting.

Overall, Mt. Holly’s Comprehensive Land Use Plan is taking a measured, scientific and sociological approach to mapping out the city’s future development and dynamics.