As you may be aware the developers have withdrawn their application for building bike trails and hiking trails on the steep slope areas of the property. However, they are MOVING FORWARD WITH THE BIKE PARK, 30+ OPEN PIT FIRE CAMPSITES, AND ~150 PARKING SPACES on the lower non-steep sloped land.
RETAIL/RENTAL FACILITIES AND ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES WILL BE SOLD AND ALLOWED.
Please watch the video recordings on the 8/3/21 and 8/4/21 Buncombe County Planning Board website. The Board granted the developer, Mr. Hartwell Carson, to speak on 8/4/2021 where he withdrew the application. Listen to his words carefully. He walks a fine line between his self definition as a conservationist and what the majority of the Riceville community see him as a for profit developer. If you're short on time start the video at 16 minutes and also start at around 29 minutes for key points. Also worthwhile to listen the Planning Board's discussion for the last half hour or so.
The "open" zoning of the 150+ acres is an unfortunate anomaly which the developer has taken full advantage of overriding the concerns of neighboring home owners.
Mr. Hartwell Carson and his wife, Teela Waggoner, told the Planning Board they had received personal threats. Let's maintain civility and respect the previous work Mr. Carson has done for WNC: Riverkeeper for the French Broad River, helping eliminate the coal ash pond at the Duke/Progress Energy power plant. Of course that is his job and he gets paid to do those projects.
However the vast majority of Riceville neighbors still oppose the Windy Wood Bike Park/Campgrounds. This commercial for profit development is inappropriate for our community in the beautiful Riceville Valley.