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Planning & Development Notice

Due to the current public health emergency, the Planning & Development building is currently closed. Staff are working remotely to continue operations as normally as possible, and as a result you may experience a longer wait time in receiving a response.  

Closure of Buncombe County Offices and Buncombe County Planning and Development - Read Details

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Planning & Development

Buncombe County Planning and Development provides direction to citizens of Buncombe County, and to those whose actions may directly impact citizens, in maintaining orderly and responsible growth by developing and enforcing ordinances, policies, and procedures relating to the use of land. The Department 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, Sustainability, E-911 Addressing, Floodplain Management, and Stormwater & Erosion Control.

Board Meetings Calendar

Board of Adjustment | Planning Board

Notice: Meeting documents can be viewed by clicking on the Meeting name under the date of the meeting that you are looking for. If you are unsure of the date of the meeting, use the Keyword Search to search by case number or application name. Deadlines to submit applications for an updcoming meeting can be viewed by selecting ‘Deadline’ under the ‘Choose Calendar Filter’ drop down box.

Buncombe Co. Development Mapper

Use our interactive mapping application to view current projects—like Conditional Use Permits and Major & Minor Subdivisions—within the unincorporated areas of Buncombe County.

For information about projects within the City of Asheville, Woodfin, Black Mountain, Weaverville, Biltmore Forest, or Montreat, please contact their respective Planning Departments.

View the Development Mapper

Locate & Contact

Planning & Development


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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Buncombe County is a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador

The Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador™ initiative is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) effort to formally recognize NOAA partners who are improving the nation's readiness, responsiveness, and overall resilience against extreme weather, water, and climate events. As a WRN Ambassador, partners commit to working with NOAA and other Ambassadors to strengthen national resilience against extreme weather. In effect, the WRN Ambassador initiative helps unify the efforts across government, non-profits, academia, and private industry toward making the nation more ready, responsive, and resilient against extreme environmental hazards. Weather-Ready Nation (WRN) is a strategic outcome where society's response should be equal to the risk from all extreme weather, water, and climate hazards.