Linking Lands and Communities in the Land-of-Sky Region of Western North Carolina

This Cooperative Agreement between the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Land-of-Sky Regional Council (LOSRC) will link lands and communities in the Land-of-Sky region of Western North Carolina with the goal of creating a regional framework to guide future growth while respecting the integrity of the region's ecosystems. Land-of-Sky Regional Council is working on designing and delivering a multi-phased open space planning program for the counties of Buncombe, Henderson, Madison and Transylvania. The goal of the project is to create a regional framework that guides future growth while respecting the integrity of the region's ecosystems. The Linking Lands and Communities (LLC) project will engage community leaders and regional stakeholders in the Land-of-Sky Region in a new, more strategic approach to land conservation. This approach promotes systematic thinking about open space planning and protection; looks at conservation action in concert with growth management, land development and built infrastructure planning; and complements and enhances smart growth efforts at the regional and community scale. LLC will incorporate existing data and plans, local land use, parks and recreation, greenways, transportation, farmland preservation and open space plans into an integrated regional plan which will help strengthen local planning and conservation efforts. The objectives of this cooperative agreement are: (1) Build a common understanding of the value of the green infrastructure approach amongst diverse interests in public and private sectors. (2)Empower community leaders and regional stakeholders with the knowledge, tools, and skills to create a strategic frame work for land protection and new development. (3) Demonstrate and document an innovative "bottom up" approach to regional and community involvement. (4) "Knit together" ongoing conservation and development planning efforts by providing a forum for dialogue and creating a cooperative and coordinated network of federal and state agencies, elected officials, conservation groups, economic development and tourism interest, tribal leaders, transportation staff, and residents about sustainable solutions that support community health, safety, and quality of life. Multiple products will result from this project including: a PowerPoint presentation on the environmental, economical and social benefits and values of green infrastructure that serves as a tool to engage new audiences; maps for each county and the four- county region which illustrate the conversion and development priorities which can be used to help guide green infrastructure, land use and transportation planning and mitigation at the local level; a list of specific implementation tools well-suited and supported for our region, which can be matched to the green infrastructure network components identified during the charettes in Phase 3 of the project and other related findings.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $104000.00
    • Contract Numbers:

      DTFH61-08-H-00018 TA

    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Federal Highway Administration

      Office of Planning, Environment and Realty (HEP)
      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Project Managers:

      Bacher-Gresock, Bethaney

    • Performing Organizations:

      Land-of-Sky Council

      339 New Leicester Highways, Suite 140
      Ashville, NC  United States  28806
    • Principal Investigators:

      McKinney, Joe

    • Start Date: 20080317
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 20100317
    • Source Data: RiP Project 24581

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01461772
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Federal Highway Administration
    • Contract Numbers: DTFH61-08-H-00018 TA
    • Files: RIP, USDOT
    • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:52PM