Board of Adjustment paves way for proposed South Asheville subdivision

Presenters and members of the public swear in before the Board of Adjustment meeting on Wednesday, July 13. The meetings are quasi-judicial, so everyone speaking must be sworn in.

The Buncombe County Board of Adjustment approved a conditional use permit for a proposed 15-home subdivision in Arden during its Wednesday, July 13, meeting.

The 4.53-acre development, on Winterhawk Drive, still needs to gain its major subdivisions approval before officially becoming a subdivision. The project also needs its erosion control and stormwater permits before construction moves forward.

The conditional use permit allows for a decrease in minimum lot size than its R-2 zoning allows, giving the proposed subdivision an allowance of 3.3 units of single-home dwellings per acre. The proposed development has access to public water and sewer and, according to the county zoning ordinance, would normally be allowed a minimum lot size of 0.3-acres per home, or three homes per acre.

Nobody spoke against the proposed development, and Board of Adjustment member James Wilson said, “It’s a good project. It’s needed housing in the South Asheville market.” The conditional use permit was unanimously approved. You can see a map of the proposed subdivision’s footprint here.

The Board of Adjustment unanimously approved all other items on its agenda:

The Board of Adjustment’s next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 10.


Thanks for reading through to the end…

We share your inclination to get the whole story. For the past 25 years, Xpress has been committed to in-depth, balanced reporting about the greater Asheville area. We want everyone to have access to our stories. That’s a big part of why we've never charged for the paper or put up a paywall.

We’re pretty sure that you know journalism faces big challenges these days. Advertising no longer pays the whole cost. Media outlets around the country are asking their readers to chip in. Xpress needs help, too. We hope you’ll consider signing up to be a member of Xpress. For as little as $5 a month — the cost of a craft beer or kombucha — you can help keep local journalism strong. It only takes a moment.

About Dan Hesse
I grew up outside of Atlanta and moved to WNC in 2001 to attend Montreat College. After college, I worked at NewsRadio 570 WWNC as an anchor/reporter and covered Asheville City Council and the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners starting in 2004. During that time I also completed WCU's Master of Public Administration program. You can reach me at

Before you comment

The comments section is here to provide a platform for civil dialogue on the issues we face together as a local community. Xpress is committed to offering this platform for all voices, but when the tone of the discussion gets nasty or strays off topic, we believe many people choose not to participate. Xpress editors are determined to moderate comments to ensure a constructive interchange is maintained. All comments judged not to be in keeping with the spirit of civil discourse will be removed and repeat violators will be banned. See here for our terms of service. Thank you for being part of this effort to promote respectful discussion.

One thought on “Board of Adjustment paves way for proposed South Asheville subdivision

  1. Lulz

    So may be Lake Julian is in their sights down the road after of course the plant is removed.

Leave a Reply

To leave a reply you may Login with your Mountain Xpress account, connect socially or enter your name and e-mail. Your e-mail address will not be published. All fields are required.