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Buncombe Commissioners Hold Joint Work Session with Planning Board to Review Draft Comprehensive Plan

a collage of photos with graphics -Buncombe County 2043 Comprehensive Plan


On Wednesday, April 19, the Buncombe County Commissioners held a joint work with the Planning Board to review the draft 2043 Comprehensive Plan. The draft plan comes after more than a year of community input at 18 in-person, drop-in, or virtual meetings and 95 community opportunities. There were more than 5,000 community participants who helped build the draft plan.

A comprehensive plan is a document created by local governments and residents to determine what the focus and vision of the community should be over a 20-year period, and they look at the relationships between land uses, infrastructure, such as roads and utilities, and community needs. Comprehensive plans can impact how and where a community grows over time. Comprehensive plans are required by the state of North Carolina for local governments that use zoning regulations.

The draft Buncombe 2043 Comprehensive Plan covers:

  • Growth, equity, and conservation
  • Transportation and connectivity
  • Farms, forests, and environmental conservation
  • Economic development, educations, and jobs
  • Health and recreation
  • Hazards and resilience
  • Infrastructure and energy
  • Implementation of the plan

Next steps in the Buncombe 2043 Comprehensive Plan process:

At 9:30 a.m. on May 2, the Planning Board will hold a hearing where members of the public can provide comment on the plan.
At 5 p.m. on May 16, the Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing where members of the public can provide comment on the plan.
Any requested changes endorsed by the Board of Commissioners or Planning Board will be tracked and documented in a series of memoranda. Following adoption by the Board of Commissioners, the Plan will be updated with all final adopted edits and transmitted to County Planning & Development Staff.

View the draft 2043 Comprehensive Plan and supporting documents at  

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Updated Apr 19, 2023 11:35 AM
Published Apr 19, 2023 11:00 AM