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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

EA4.2: Provide workshops and training opportunities to economic and community developers, neighborhood associations, and local government staff, regarding the Asset-Based Approach to community development. Read more »
LU2.1: Encourage the alignment of local land use plans with the GroWNC Preferred Scenario. Read more »
RC1.4: Establish, restore, and promote streamside protection areas. Read more »
LU1.1: Focus growth in areas where infrastructure exists for transportation, water, and sewer, with particular emphasis on existing communities. Read more »
RC2.1: Research the costs and benefits of reducing acreage requirements for Voluntary Agricultural District and/or Present Use Value designation. Read more »