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"Smart Growth" & Charmingly Interwoven Cultural Threads & Communities

Various and charmingly interwoven cultural threads  make up the communities in which we offer our expertise as REALTORS®. As real estate professionals we are in the lucky position to be part of the design team for the future in such communities.Here's an example: Our small college town, Mars Hill , N.C. can only grow so much before it ceases to be a town and becomes a small city.

Our small city, Asheville, N.C.
can only grow so much  until it becomes a large city. And so we come to a place that requires consideration.

 If a community likes its "small town feeling" then the community needs to acknowledge that growth must stop at some point in order to preserve that feeling.

What choices are available? 


Asheville,North Carolina,  seen in the photo I took just above here,  recently designed our "Smart Growth" Plan. "

"Smart Growth is a proposed City of Asheville development pattern that makes efficient use of our limited land, fully utilizes our urban services and infrastructure, promotes a wide variety of transportation and housing options, absorbs and effectively serves a significant portion of the future population growth of Buncombe County and Western North Carolina, protects the architectural and environmental character of the City through compatible, high quality, and environmentally-sensitive development practices...."

A "smart" REALTOR®  tunes-in to such indicators as the "Smart Growth Plan"....

  • We keep an eye out in our communities to see what change, if any, is occuring.
  • We create opportunities not only for ourselves as real estate professionals, but for our clients as well.
  • Our business plans take into account a the eco-friendly trends that  makes sense for the future.

So folks,tonight I am writing about  what value REALTORS® can add through the very quality of our practice. Seems to me, and maybe you will agree, that it's not just about completing a successful transaction. "Charmingly interwoven" relationships of quality count in the Big Picture. 

In a broader perspective, REALTORS® get to weave energy into making the places in which we live better for all of us.  For sure, there always will be floods and tornadoes. Some of us will succeed and some will have to pick ourselves up and start again, some will suffer, some will prosper. As Earth Wind and Fireput is "That's the way of the world. " But tonight, I'm feeling optimistic about positive futures for all concerned. How about you?





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JaneAnne, I hope that Asheville can keep their vision where others have failed. Urban sprawl is my biggest issue (LOL as you know from when we first met) and if small cities stay pro active about growth, smartly planning transportation and zoning for smart development, quality of life can be the norm and not just a dream.  Nice information about the Smart Growth Plan!
Posted by Carole Cohen, Realtor, ePRO (Howard Hanna Cleveland City Office) almost 13 years ago
so true!  Davidson NC is an example of a small town that made a difficult decision to stay small by shutting down development to a large extent.  It's working and has been for several years now.  And as a result, it's a situation where folks are clamoring to get in there, since it's one of our last small towns that still has the 'feel'. On a separate note-because the policies have driven up prices-the town felt a need to find a place for police/fire/teachers to live without having to leave the town.  So they bought half of the lots in a small neighborhood that was built in 2001, and own the land but sell the houses to folks in specific job categories.  so these lower income brackets can still participate in equity advance but the town holds the lot so the houses can only be resold in the same categories. sounds odd but it's working.
Posted by Leigh Brown, CEO, Dream Maker - Charlotte, NC (Leigh Brown & Associates, RE/MAX Executive) almost 13 years ago

Carole and Leigh...please see "edit" above and thanks for words on keeping and expanding on the vision of "Smart Growth".

Davidson's solution to affordable housing is also laudable, and one we will share with Asheville Councilwoman Robin Cape  ...

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) almost 13 years ago

janeAnne - it is good to be back I missed AR.

Yes, I also hope Asheville cannot change a good thing they have going. Cary grew to big and to fast. I moved here in 93' and I lived in Cary, it is not the same today. The Track builders came also and the town sprouted fast.

Take care

Posted by Susan Trombley, Broker/Realtor, Raleigh, Cary, Wake Forest, Youngs (Trombley Real Estate) almost 13 years ago
On my trips down South, I have past close to Asheville, but have never there, maybe I will make a litte detour next time.
Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) almost 13 years ago


It does look as if Asheville is working hard to maintain it's amazing sense of place and community. Although we are growing, we are taking steps to keep the growth within the Pland. Our City Council is a dedicated group of individuals who really care about eco-sensitive development.

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) almost 12 years ago


I sure hope you do! Ann C. came by not long ago and we had a great time just visiting!  Asheville is an amazing place to live. If you come, I must warn you, you may not want to leave!

Posted by . 4Terra Land Brokers .. 828-776-0779 Asheville NC, What's Most Important to YOU? Call(828)-776-0779 ( REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK ) almost 12 years ago

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