Buncombe Commissioners to consider land use plan update

Commissioners will consider updating Buncombe County’s land use plan when they meet Sept. 17.

The idea behind the update “is to enable citizens and decision makers to understand the context of land use in Buncombe County in order to develop more informed decisions,” according a draft of the plan. The county first developed a comprehensive land use plan in 1998. The last time it was significantly updated was in 2006.

The 2013 version will aim to take into account “changes in Buncombe County’s growth patterns, development scenarios, land use demands and demographic composition,” according to the draft. It features a number of recommendations intended to provide direction and guidance for staff and officials in coming years. Some of them include:

• Allowing more flexibility in determining the appropriate height of new buildings.

• Adjusting policies to be in better alignment with requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

• Allowing more flexibility when it comes to setbacks in new residential development.

• Better differentiating rules between single manufactured homes and mobile home parks.

• Clarifying the requirements for co-housing and intentional community models to allow for more flexibility.

* Developing a Resort/Conference Center Zoning District in order to accommodate large-scale resort, retreat or conference facilities.

• Creating an Airport Industrial District which accounts for the land use needs of the Asheville Regional Airport.

• Developing a Conservation District to apply to parklands (and possibly to privately held properties under permanent conservation easements).

• Allowing for collocation of wireless telecommunication antennas at existing sites with the goal of minimizing the construction of new communications towers.

The board will meet at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 17, in the commissioners’ chambers, located at 200 College St., suite 326. A short pre-meeting review of the agenda will begin at 4:15 p.m.

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