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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

LU1.2: Adopt flexible regulations that allow higher-density development and a greater number of uses where infrastructure is in place to support it, consistent with the regional Preferred Scenario. Read more »
EI4.2: Develop educational materials and host energy expos, seminars, workshops, and online educational campaigns on the benefits of renewable energy, energy conservation, funding and incentive programs, and energy efficiency using local and other examples. Read more »
RC3.4: Establish a goal and identify strategies for percentage of food sourced locally for school lunches. 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 »
RC5.2: Consider Wildlife Habitat Overlay District ordinances in order to protect prime habitat and key ecological corridors. Read more »