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Black Mountain Leaders Balance Growth, Today’s Needs

May 2, 2017

Residents of the Blue Ridge Road area love the rural nature of their home, but they’re concerned about changes coming with the development of Black Mountain Commerce Park by Avadim Technologies and a planned Interstate 40 interchange on Blue Ridge Road, consultants told town aldermen April 10. The way to alleviate their concerns while planning for future growth in the area is a “small area plan” that focuses on development in the Blue Ridge Road area, consultant J.M Teague Engineering & Planning told the town board. The small area plan was one of three it recommended the town undertake to plan for growth. It also recommended plans be created for the Montreat Road corridor and around Montreat College’s proposed expansion on Vance Avenue. Black Mountain’s small town charm – the thing that makes it desirable as a place to live and do business – is also likely to continue to attract people and businesses. Balancing growth and character takes planning, which is why the town asked J.M Teague Engineering & Planning to work with it on a growth plan, something that has been happening for the last year and a half. “Comprehensive plans, these land use maps, transportation studies, speed studies, all accomplish one thing, which is to figure out how to grow in a way that takes into account the needs of the community that’s here right now.”

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