by Ed Neering,

On March 20th a huge step was taken at Town hall. Matt Beard town planner, presented a very well researched presentation on what other towns around Holly Springs are doing for tree preservation. Town Councilman Peter Villadsen wrote a post about the workshop and I couldn't be more thankful for our town staff and town council for stepping up to protect one of our best treasures.

Town Councilman Peter Villadsen-Did you know that aside from Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs is the only local municipality that does not have some sort of tree ordinance? Well that wont be the case much longer. This evening Town Council met with staff in a two hour workshop to provide vision and feedback on tree preservation and the need to reduce clear cutting and mass grading. We heard from staff a number of possible options centered around canopy retention, perimeter buffers, specimen/champion trees, natural resource areas, and wildlife corridors. Town staff took our feedback and will create potential ordinances in the coming months to review by the Technical Review Committee, Planning Board, and the Town Council.

Not only that, we will have a resolution in front of us in an upcoming council meeting to become a Tree City USA community.

This is great news for Holly Springs and the preservation of it's natural beauty.