Coggins Farm™ Survey Findings

The Coggins Conservation Project recently distributed a survey to gather greater insight into the public’s awareness of the Coggins Farm™, the conservation efforts on the land, and the development plans proposed by Case Enterprises. The CCP is an independent organization promoting conservation on this property and other farmland and open space in the area.

After compiling the data, we are now ready to share the results with you. Gracious thanks to all who responded to our survey. We received an enthusiastic total of 128 participants.  The average age of our survey participants was 45 years old.  The average length of time these participants have lived in the Asheville area is 13.5 years. We find it interesting to note that, in an area which has attracted many new residents, those who have shared their voice in this matter have called the Asheville area “home” for well over a decade, on average.

Since a few participants expressed that they were unaware of any specific changes proposed for the land, we have also included an outline of the planned development, which was last publicly released in April 2014. We believe that greater awareness of impending development is necessary in order for our community to see conservation as a pertinent topic of discussion and its important role in preserving the character of our mountains.

Coggins Survey Questions & Responses:

Coggins Farm Survey Results(click to view)

Coggins Farm Survey Results(click to view)
Coggins Farm Survey Results(click to view)
Coggins Farm Survey Results(click to view)

The vast majority of our participants (over 95%) strongly agreed that having working farms in and around Asheville improves the way of life here in WNC.  Nearly as many (90%) found it very important to preserve additional farmland and open space in the Asheville area.

Q: What are your concerns regarding the development?

Coggins Farm Survey Results

*Participants were welcomed to choose more than one answer

Q: Coggins Farm features a mix of pastures, creeks, fertile bottom lands, and mature woods which provide habitats for native plants and wildlife. Given that it is roughly the size of downtown Asheville and relatively close to the city, how is the future of this land important to you? The future of Coggins Farm could: (Select all that apply.)

Coggins Farm Survey Results

*Participants were welcomed to choose more than one answer

The top three concerns related to the impending development were: its threat to the rural nature of the surrounding area, its threat to the habitats of native wildlife, and its lowering of the potential for preserved open space in WNC.

These top three concerns were echoed in the following question, “How is the future of this land important to you?”  Participants’ top three answers included the safeguarding of the rural nature of WNC, the preservation of native plant species and wildlife habitats, and the ability to maintain large continuous open spaces in the greater Asheville area.

Q: If an alternative development plan was implemented on the land in which a large portion of Coggins Farm was conserved, which kind of programming on this land could benefit you?  (Select all that apply.)

Coggins Farm Survey Results
*Participants were welcomed to choose more than one answer

If an alternative plan was implemented on Coggins Farm, participants expressed that their three most favored programming options would include an incubator for agricultural education and farming, CSA programs (farm-to-grocer and restaurant), and permaculture education.

Coggins Farm Development Plans

The 169-acre Coggins Farm™ is currently under contract to a developer, Case Enterprises, but there has been no sale of property. The current development plan was approved by the Buncombe County Board of Adjustments in April 2014, but a group of concerned neighbors appealed that decision to Buncombe County Superior Court in May. The case was heard by the Superior Court judge and they ruled that the County and developer needed to take the plans back through the County planning process for further review.

As of February 2015, Case Enterprises has drastically shifted its development plans for Coggins Farm™, calling for the entire 169 acre property to be subdivided into 99 private lots. Below, you will find a map of the current undeveloped Coggins Farm™ land, alongside the subdivision map, and previously proposed development plans released in April 2014.

Proposed Development Map

Coggins Farm Map

Current, largely undeveloped Coggins Farm at 169 acres. Roughly the size of downtown Asheville.

Proposed Subdivision Development by Case Enterprises in February 2015 (Virtually entire 169 acres subdivided into 99 private lots)

Proposed Subdivision Development by Case Enterprises in February 2015 (Virtually entire 169 acres subdivided into 99 private lots)

Coggins Farm Development Map

Development proposal for Coggins Farm, submitted by Case Enterprises in April 2014. Highlighted yellow section indicates development area.

Closing Words

We are diligently working toward the completion of our conservation proposals for the Coggins Farm™.  It is our goal to capture the thoughts, concerns and suggestions shared with us by our supporters and by the participants in this survey.  Our plan looks at the feasibility of a number of programs mentioned as priorities in this survey – including forestry research, agricultural education, preservation of wildlife habitat and farm production.  If you would like to stay informed of the plan’s public release or be notified of our next survey, please join our newsletter.  Again, thank you for sharing your voice.