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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

HC7.3: Pursue “Green House” homes as a permissible use in single-family, multi-family, and mixed-use zoning districts. Read more »
HC5.2: Increase educational efforts to designers, builders, and buyers to improve awareness of locally-available materials. 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 »
EA2.1: Identify strategies in the GroWNC online tool that have measurable outcomes. Establish baselines and a schedule for measuring progress. Periodically update workbook with case studies that include local examples. Read more »
HC6.4: Consider tax abatements and exemption policies that limit real estate tax liability in targeted areas to stimulate construction and rehabilitation of housing stock. Read more »