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Housing

By 2040, the GroWNC region will be home to over 630,000 people—nearly 40 percent more people than live in the area today. This translates to a need for almost 75,000 additional housing units dispersed throughout the five counties. With this growth comes a variety of
challenges and opportunities. How can the region grow responsibly, in a manner that respects existing communities and the landscape, and provide opportunities for a range of options while improving affordability?

Existing plans, data, and studies were collected, analyzed, and synthesized into an Existing Conditions Report for each topic. Here is a link to the Housing Chapter if you’d like to read more. Workgroups were formed around each topic area to review existing conditions, identify issues and goals, and recommend strategies. To learn more about the background of this topic, read the Existing Conditions Report and review the workgroup’s meeting notes and related information on the workgroup’s webpage. The goals identified by all the workgroups are listed in the GroWNC Regional Plan on pages 29-37.

Westwood Cohousing in Asheville | Image Credit: Land-of-Sky Regional Council

Sample Strategies

HC6.2: Adopt incentives for housing developments with an affordable component and/or located near transit, greenways, schools, and/or employers. Read more »
HC2.7 : Develop “early warning systems” with data on expiring federally-subsidized properties in order to keep track of at-risk housing and allocate resources appropriately.   Read more »
HC2.1: Identify local funding sources for residential or commercial projects that meet locally-set affordability criteria. Identify ways for developers to connect to these funding sources. Read more »
LU2.2: Establish, review, or revise land use plans and regulations to support a wide variety of housing and community options, where appropriate. Read more »
EA4.2: Provide workshops and training opportunities to economic and community developers, neighborhood associations, and local government staff, regarding the Asset-Based Approach to community development. Read more »