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Planning & Development

The Buncombe County Planning and Development Department develops and enforced ordinances, policies, and procedures related to the use of land, in order to maintain orderly and responsible growth in the county. The Department also provides direction, administration, and support services in special projects and programs undertaken by Buncombe County.

The Planning Department administers a number of ordinances and programs related to Zoning, Subdivisions, Affordable Housing, Transportation, Sustainability, E-911 Addressing, Floodplain Management, and Stormwater & Erosion Control.

Locate & Contact

Due to the current public health emergency, the Planning & Development office is accepting visitors at a limited capacity. Customers are encouraged to utilize phone, email, and video conferencing. In-person visitors are limited to three persons at a time, are encouraged to make an appointment, and may be asked to wait outside if necessary. Masks are required for the safety of our customers and Staff.


Planning & Development
P: (828) 250-4830

Nathan Pennington, CFM

Hours of Operation

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

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