The Holly Springs City Council voted 4-0 to withdraw the City’s application to USFWS for an Incidental Take Permit. Mayor Tim Downing stated a lack of commitment from USFWS to pursue an EIS as a primary reason for withdrawal. Holly Springs is made up mostly of Priority 3 areas. Projects in through Holly Sprigns will now be reviewed on an individual basis just as they have for the past several years.
The Holly Springs City Council previously approved a resolution in July 2009 to USFWS requesting that an EIS be performed before the adpprovcal of the Etowah HCP. Mayor Tim Downing sponsored the resolution and has requested the additional studies based on economic development impacts. Holly Springs previously authorized the review of the HCP in 2006.