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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

LU3.4: Review and update policies and codes to allow for agricultural practices in rural and urban areas, as appropriate. 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 »
LU3.1: Adopt policies and/or regulations and provide incentives to include bicycle and pedestrian facilities, including sidewalks, bike lanes, parks, greenways, and other recreational facilities, in new and existing neighborhoods and commercial centers. Read more »
LU4.2: Raise awareness of the benefits of alternative land protection instruments, such as conservation easements, deed restrictions, "less than fee simple" transactions, and life estates, to promote land stewardship and private land preservation. Read more »
RC5.6: Update local ordinances with best practices from the NC Wildlife Resources Commission’s Green Growth Toolbox. Read more »