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Controversy over Proposed Recycling Plant near Enka

What are your thoughts on the proposed state-of-the-art regional Recycling Plant on 53 acre tract of land on Pond Road near Enka?

The site of the proposed facility is within the Employment District zoning, which allows for offices, industry, storage, warehousing and wholesale trade, but neighbors are distraught about the potential increase traffic, obstruction of natural view, and altering of the rural nature in this area.

On the other hand, this proposed recycling plant, Regional Recycling Solutions, is based on European waste management standards, with the goal of bringing cleaner practices to this side of the country and inspired by the Zero-Waste initiatives in Europe. It’s a service that needs greater attention in Asheville, especially as it continues to grow and generate more waste.

Read more about this topic here:

New Ruralism Coggins Conservation Project

NEW RURALISM…have you heard of it?

The concept of New Ruralism is very aligned with the Coggins Conservation Project’s long-term goals in the southeast region and Appalachia. Read “A Call for New Ruralism” by Sibella Kraus in the link below to learn more. Sibella Kraus is the Project Director, Institute of Urban & Regional Development New Ruralism Initiative, and the President of Sustainable Agriculture Education.

“New Ruralism is a framework for creating a bridge between Sustainable Agriculture and New Urbanism. Sustainable agriculture can help bring cities down to earth, to a deeper commitment to the ecology and economy of the surrounding countryside on which they depend. New Ruralism embraces the power of place-making that can help American agriculture move from an artificially narrow production focus to encompass broader resource preservation values.”

Mountain Xpress - Weaverville Residents Concerns

Weaverville Residents Voice Concerns about Subdivision Development

Subdivisions overtaking open space and farmland is an unfortunate theme that’s affecting our region, especially around the city of Asheville. It’s no longer a question of IF we will grow…it’s a question of HOW we will grow.

Weaverville residents are voicing their concerns over a 65 acre piece of land in the neighborhood, which a developer is proposing a 140-unit subdivision. As landowners and farmers are reaching retirement age, many find themselves with few viable options for transitioning their land ownership. How can we aid this process so that working farms and open space continue to support our local food systems, education, rural character, and native wildlife + plant habitats?

The Mountain Xpress recently published an article about this local issue affecting the Weaverville area. The full article can be found here: