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Strategy Toolkit
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

RC2.1: Research the costs and benefits of reducing acreage requirements for Voluntary Agricultural District and/or Present Use Value designation. Read more »
RC5.5: Work with local governments, NCDENR, and other partners to protect critical habitats and key ecological corridors through the use of tools such as the Linking Lands and Communities assessments and the NC Conservation Planning Tool. Read more »
LU3.3: Encourage denser development through infill and adaptive reuse of vacant and underutilized properties. Read more »
RC2.10: Develop quantifiable goals for forestry Best Management Practices (BMPs) that measure the impacts/benefits of forestry practice, including erosion, sedimentation, presence of stream management zones. Read more »
RC1.6: Investigate the potential for a regional designation of "trout-friendly" developments. Read more »