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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

BE1.3: Facilitate the redevelopment and reinvestment in vacant, underutilized, and brownfield properties. Read more »
LU3.5: Improve development with design standards that adhere to the principles of Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design. 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 »
EA3.2: Create a mentor program between local government officials around the region to encourage cooperation and interregional coordination. Read more »
LU3.3: Encourage denser development through infill and adaptive reuse of vacant and underutilized properties. Read more »