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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

AC1.3: Retrofit existing neighborhoods and commercial centers to include safe pedestrian facilities. Include these facilities in new developments as well. Read more »
HC6.1: Identify funding opportunities and encourage the reuse of abandoned, vacant, and tax-delinquent properties, including brownfield properties, for affordable housing in urbanized areas or near employment centers. Read more »
LU1.2: Adopt flexible regulations that allow higher-density development and a greater number of uses where infrastructure is in place to support it, consistent with the regional Preferred Scenario. Read more »
LU1.1: Focus growth in areas where infrastructure exists for transportation, water, and sewer, with particular emphasis on existing communities. Read more »
EI2.3: Reduce heating and cooling costs in mobile homes and other energy-inefficient homes by working with existing energy assistance organizations. Read more »