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.
|HC6.2: Adopt incentives for housing developments with an affordable component and/or located near transit, greenways, schools, and/or employers.||Read more »|
|HC2.8: Develop educational opportunities about innovative home ownership models, including the Cooperative Ownership model and Community Land Trusts.||Read more »|
|LU1.4: Conduct small area studies to determine land use policies that will encourage growth in rural centers and, where appropriate, allow for non-residential and medium-density residential growth.||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 »|
|EA3.2: Create a mentor program between local government officials around the region to encourage cooperation and interregional coordination.||Read more »|