Commissioners to consider Long Mountain conservation easement

Image via the Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy power point presentation

On Nov. 19, Buncombe Commissioners will consider spending $69,000 on a conservation easement to protect 121 aces of land from development on Long Mountain in the Upper Hominey area.

The county funding would go towards covering some of the transaction and purchase costs. It would leverage $255,700 in grants and donations by the landowner. The property includes a rare mountainside wetland and is visible from the Blue Ridge Parkway. The land is currently on the market, and without a conservation easement, could be purchased for development.

The Land Conservation Advisory Board and Planning Department are both recommending that commissioners approve the funding.

In other business, commissioners will consider a request to rezone 10.8 acres of land at 499 Long Shoals Road from “Residential District” to “Employment District” to allow more development. Planning staff as well as the Planning Board are both recommending that commissioners approve the change.

Also on the agenda: Commissioners will hear a presentation on the county’s annual financial report.

The board will meet at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 19, in the commissioner’s chambers, located at 200 College Street, suite 326. A short pre-meeting review of the agenda will begin at 4:15 p.m.


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 Jake Frankel
Jake Frankel is an award-winning journalist who enjoys covering a wide range of topics, from politics and government to business, education and entertainment.

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.

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.