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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

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 »
HC5.2: Increase educational efforts to designers, builders, and buyers to improve awareness of locally-available materials. Read more »
EI2.2: Provide incentives for affordable housing projects that incorporate renewable energy and other sustainability measures. Read more »
HC4.1: Work with camps, resorts, and farms to create affordable and safe housing opportunities for year-round and temporary workers. Read more »
LU1.1: Focus growth in areas where infrastructure exists for transportation, water, and sewer, with particular emphasis on existing communities. Read more »