WNCA and our membership play a vital role in influencing public policy to better address development pressures on our region. 

Smart planning for sensible land use is key to sustaining our natural heritage and ensuring a good quality of life for present and future residents and visitors. Growth brings important economic vitality to our region, but it does not have to come at the expense of the environment. Indeed, this region’s economic success and high quality of life depend on a healthy environment.

Citizens and local governments can make smart choices about how and where we grow and WNCA works to bring the right people and organizations to the table to generate the best solutions to manage growth.

  • WNCA leads a Smart Growth Coalition.
  • WNCA helps communities plan their future through its Blue Ridge Blueprints program. 
  • WNCA participates in regional and state level discussions on land use planning, including serving on the Mountain Resources Commission
  • WNCA organizes citizens in support of responsible development.

You can be a part of these efforts to protect Western North Carolina’s treasures by joining us when we have events in your regions, or contact our office at 828-258-8737.

WNCA is a proud member of Smart Growth America.

WNCA Co-Director Julie Mayfield participated in the regional Community Transformation Grant Project. Check out the videos below to learn more.

Open Spaceshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GexyH5gQR5U

Complete Streetshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xqDcyAkUtt8

Access to Healthy Foodshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H39PXeybFaQ

Madison at Hearthttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDFhNL-F6eM

Mars Hillhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FAVEYwie1vU&list=UUB5M8O0-Rlj5g_5ed_qQ_pQ