Woodfin announces approval of development



By Clint Parker

Woodfin – The Woodfin Planning and Zoning Board of Adjustment approved the development of a six-acre tract located on Reynolds Boulevard at its Monday (Sept. 10) meeting. The new development, which has a working title of Green Commons of Asheville, will be between Reynolds Mountain Dentistry and the current apartment complex known as Northpoint Commons.

The proposed development will consist of more than 50 homes with 42 being single family homes (less than 900 square feet), four small duplex units (a little over 1,000 square feet in size) and one large duplex unit (1,800 square feet) for a total of 52 units on the six-acre tract. The development is proposed by Shri Hari Krupa, LLC out of Murphy, North Carolina.

“The site is six acres so it works out to about 1 unit per 5,000 square feet of space, so it’s less dense than an apartment complex, but more dense than an R-7 (high density/medium density residential) subdivision,” said Jason Young, Woodfin Town Administrator. “By way of comparison you can build on lots as small as 2,000 square feet in the Mountain Village Zoning District.”

Young mentioned that the board heard from one neighboring property owner regarding his concerns over the loss of old growth trees. “Apparently the developer has already conducted a tree survey to avoid cutting some of the larger trees,” said Young. The vote was unanimous and was in line with staff recommendations, Young added.

Ben Dannemiller, Associate Planner with the Town of Woodfin, said as long as the developer follows current regulations there was no additional approval needed from the town to start the project.

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