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Land Use

During the last 30 years the landscape of Western North Carolina has changed from a largely rural, agricultural area to a growing network of urban centers, suburban developments, and small towns. Individuals, families, and employers continue to choose Western North Carolina for their homes, vacation destinations, and businesses.

Existing plans, data, and studies were collected, analyzed, and synthesized into an Existing Conditions Report for each topic. Here is a link to the Land Use 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.

Downtown Hendersonville | Image Credit: LandDesign

Sample Strategies

EA1.1: Form a committee of committed stakeholders to oversee implementation of GroWNC recommendations and strategies. Read more »
RC1.5: Promote the use and maintenance of incentives, ordinances, and site design criteria that encourage the use of innovative stormwater management techniques. Encourage the use of green infrastructure to augment traditional stormwater management systems. Read more »
RC1.2: Reduce the amount of land disturbed in critical watersheds through targeted development regulations. 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 »
LU3.5: Improve development with design standards that adhere to the principles of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design. Read more »