Building a community

The County is pursuing a plan that features at least 650 residences, with more than half of the apartments and single-family homes reserved for affordable housing.  The community will offer opportunities for households earning less than 80% of the Area Median Income (AMI) such as teachers, childcare workers, and first responders, to rent or buy a home surrounded by abundant natural resources.

Conservation at the heart

A key feature is the conservation of 70+ acres along the French Broad River, guaranteeing protections of tributaries and an ecologically significant wetland. Additional benefits include potential access to childcare and/or health care facility on site and recreational opportunities with a community green, pocket parks, and nearly 4 miles of new trails and greenway connecting the community to larger Buncombe County trail network.

After gathering public input and feedback, the plan was created to meet the following goals, or guiding public interests:

Development of the Ferry Road site should:

  • Create a diverse, mixed-income, multi-generational community;
  • Be a model for sustainability & stewardship by conserving at least 55% of the site’s natural resources;
  • Be a hub and connector for recreational opportunities and provide equitable access to residents;
  • Provide equitable transportation access and prioritize pedestrian and bicyclists;
  • Include commercial or service-oriented uses that are “harmonious” with residential uses; and
  • Optimize public investment and attract private investment.


Contact us: For questions contact Timothy Love at or 828-250-5243. 

Project History

  • Starting in late 2021, Buncombe County held several stakeholder and community input sessions to identify the preferred use of the site. Neighbors, community organizations, and the general public shared their ideas for the future of the site and the needs they hoped any development would meet. 

  • In April 2022, the Board of County Commissioners endorsed a set of goals for the site and engaged UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Government’s Development Finance Initiative (DFI) to expand on the Ferry Road Land Use Plan developed by Equinox.

DFI partners with communities to attract private investment for projects by providing specialized finance and real estate development expertise. DFI helped the County identify a plan that would meet its goals and be able to attract private investment through a public-private partnership. Next, DFI will work closely with the County to attract a qualified and experienced development partner through a competitive solicitation process. 

Join us at an upcoming information session to learn more about this project. Click the meetings tab above.