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Comprehensive Plan 2043

NOTICE: Buncombe County is beginning a two-year planning process to create a new Comprehensive Plan for the future growth of the County. The official start of the process is August 2021.

A comprehensive plan is used by local governments as a broad, long-range planning tool for the community. Our plan will focus on the next 20-year period and will look at the relationships between land uses, infrastructure, and key community needs. A comprehensive plan is not limited to studying land use components - it can include other areas of focus such as safety, public health, affordability, multi-generational needs, equity, and more. A successful comprehensive plan will guide growth and address community needs and priorities through a series of objectives, strategies, and goals. View NC General Statute information about the legal requirements for a comprehensive plan.

Join the Steering Committee -

The Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee will play an important role in developing the plan, acting as a guide as the process unfolds.

The Committee will help Buncombe County residents form the vision for the future growth of the community. The County seeks a diverse, representative group of roughly 20 county residents to sit on the Committee. The Committee members will serve a three-year term beginning around August 2021 through 2023 with an anticipated commitment of 1 meeting per month. Different phases of the planning process may require more than 1 meeting per month.

We are looking for people with experience in one or more of the following areas to join the Committee:

  • Housing/Affordable Housing
  • Transportation
  • Hazard Mitigation/Resiliency
  • Sustainability/Environment/Conservation
  • Aging populations and other demographic trends and projections
  • Early Childhood/Youth population trends/Multigenerational Needs
  • Equity
  • Land Use/Development Trends/Future Land Use
  • Critical Facilities/Concurrency Management
  • Economy and Industry
  • Emergency Management/Public Safety
  • Farmland/Food Security
  • Infrastructure
  • Tourism
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Greenways
  • Healthy Community
  • Ability/Disability
  • Youth (1 High school and 1 college student)
  • General Public


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Locate & Contact

Due to the current public health emergency, the Planning & Development office can see a limited number of people in-person. Customers are encouraged to utilize phone, email, and video conferencing.


Gillian Phillips - Planner
Planning & Development
P: (828) 250-4852

Shannon Capezzali - Planner
Planning & Development
P: (828) 250-4832

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.