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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

RC4.4: Utilize existing viewshed studies to determine and mitigate potential impacts on views and viewsheds of national significance, such as the Blue Ridge Parkway and Appalachian Trail. Read more »
BE1.1: Preserve industrial lands for employment-generating uses. Read more »
RC5.2: Consider Wildlife Habitat Overlay District ordinances in order to protect prime habitat and key ecological corridors. Read more »
LU4.1: Utilize existing education programs for youth on community planning and zoning that begins in elementary school. Read more »
EI4.3: Disseminate research findings on the feasibility and environmental impacts of small- and large-scale wind power in the Western North Carolina region. Read more »