coggins farm alternative plan

Farmland Values in Western North Carolina

Have you heard of the Farmland Values Project initiated by students and researchers at UNCA?  This Project was designed to collect, analyze and communicate the values that people have for farmland in four western North Carolina counties (Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson and Madison).  Over 1100 residents and 307 visitors participated in the survey, focus groups, or mapping exercises between 2006-2008.

Their findings echoed the our collective concerns for the future of this region’s farmlands and showed that WNC residents find great value in farmland preservation and it’s potential to support the greater community. Below are some of their findings:

  • 88% of resident respondents are concerned about the likelihood that farmland would be developed for non-farm use
  • 83% of resident respondents agreed their community needs to do more to protect farmland
  • On average, resident respondents indicated they would be willing to make annual voluntary donations of $185 per year if the money were earmarked for farmland protection in their county
  • Nearly 2/3 of respondents (64% of residents, 88% of visitors) indicated they would be willing to pay more for their food if the increase in price went directly to protect farmland
  • Participants valued the following regional locations for their cultural heritage and scenic beauty:
  1. Sandymush and Fairview in Buncombe County
  2. Mills River and Etowah in Henderson County
  3. Bethel and Jonathan Creek in Haywood County
  4. Big Pine and Spring Creek in Madison County

To learn more about the Farmland Values Project, please visit


Update on Subdivision Development Approval


The Coggins Conservation Project would like to thank the community for an overwhelming response over the last few days regarding our latest public notice. Keeping the public informed and the conversation open has been central to our purpose.

Today, the Buncombe County Planning Board decided to approve the Case Enterprise proposal to subdivide the Coggins Farm into 99 private lots, so our focus as an organization now is to take action on our next steps. Over the past few months, we have developed an alternative plan. This plan is built around our core principles of encouraging conservation, local agriculture, and minimal residential development.

We are engaging in discussions with potential investors, partners, strategic planners, and community members to help manifest this alternative.

If you have support or resources to offer, please contact us. As always, we will keep you posted as new information is received.

Map of the Subdivision Development Approved on February 16th can be viewed at the link below. Each lot is labeled from 1 to 99 and separated by a black dashed line. You can click on the map to zoom in.


Case Group Shifts Coggins Farm Subdivision Plans

This Monday morning, February 16th, Case Enterprises will seek approval by the Buncombe County Planning Board for their newly revised subdivision plans. For the developers, this represents a substantial shift from their original concept for Coggins Farm.

While the number of residential lots has been reduced to 99, these new plans seem to indicate that the developers have removed all aspects related to innovation, agriculture, aging-in-place, attainable pricing, or education. It also appears that there are no designated plans for conservation of land. Virtually the entire 169 acres will be subdivided into private lots.

Notice from the Buncombe County Planning Board:
This meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 16, 2015 at 9:30 am in the meeting room located at 30 Valley Street. Your attendance and comments are encouraged.

SUB2015-00030: John Kinnaird, P.E. of Brooks Engineering Associates is seeking approval for a revision to the approved preliminary plan of Old Coggins Farm Subdivision Phase 1, located at 88 Old Coggins Place (PIN 9679-15-1760).

Map of Case Enterprise’s Current Subdivision Plans
Click the link above to view the current subdivision plans that will be presented this Monday. Each lot is labeled from 1 to 99 and separated by a black dashed line. You can click on the map to zoom in.

Any questions or comments that you may have regarding this notice are always welcomed and can be sent to us here.