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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

LU2.3: Through economic development strategies, promote lands that have been identified as suitable for target industries. Read more »
RC1.7: Incorporate the Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture datasets into development review and comprehensive planning. 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 »
HCO4.5: Include a public health component in local comprehensive, land use, and transportation plans. Read more »
AC1.5: Enhance coordination of ongoing greenway planning and implementation. Consider updating and expanding the 2008 regional greenway system study. Read more »