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GroWNC is a listening and planning process that over the past three years has examined issues relating to growth and economic development in a five-county area of Western North Carolina that includes Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Madison, and Transylvania Counties. Through the GroWNC process, we have collectively identified a vision for future development along with a diverse set of strategies to create more jobs, reduce housing and transportation costs, and enhance the quality of life in our mountain communities. There is not a one-size-fits-all approach for the region. Just as each community is unique, the approach to achieving the regional vision may differ from place to place. The strategies found on this website will help you turn your community’s ideas into actions!

Features of this website include:

  • Strategies — Almost 300 action strategies can be searched by key words or filtered by theme, topic, or scale.
  • Topics — Each Topic page contains a brief introduction, links to related background information, and sample strategies.
  • Themes — Strategies and recommendations are organized under interdisciplilnary Themes. Each Theme is introduced by a set of recommendations that tie directly back to goal statements developed by workgroup members earlier in the process.
  • Geographic Areas — A closer look at different parts of the region provides background and context and suggests strategies that might be particularly relevant to each area.
  • Interactive MapViewer — Allows layers of data to be placed over a map of the region to create a visualization that can be used to investigate the relationships between the diverse elements that make up the GroWNC region.

This website presents strategies for action identified by the community. The GroWNC Regional Plan, a narrative report describing the planning process and outlining the recommendations and strategies, the GroWNC Executive Summary that accompanies the Regional Plan, and details of the planning process—including information on community input, events, administration, funding, development of the regional vision and "Preferred Scenario," and a large collection of regional maps and posters—can be found on the GroWNC website.

GroWNC's study area includes the counties of Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Madison, and Transylvania. Information on planning in the seven westernmost counties of North Carolina—Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, and Swain—and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians can be found on the Opt-In SWNC website. Additionally, the WNC Vitality Index provides resource information on a larger regional scale and reports on the 27 counties of Western North Carolina through the perspectives of the region's natural, social, built, and economic environments.

A group participates in a GroWNC meeting in Emma | Image Credit: Land-of-Sky Regional Council A participant in a GroWNC Workgroup meeting | Image Credit: Land-of-Sky Regional Council Participants in the GroWNC Ideas into Actions Worksession at the NC Arboretum | Image Credit: Land-of-Sky Regional Council