Beaverdam is a rural, City of Asheville community that is comprised mainly of single-family residential developments. Due to the nature of the valley which has considerable steep slope, erosion, stormwater issues and is only accessible by a narrow 2 lane winding road, Beaverdam is facing some major development issues that threaten the welfare of the community, environment, and our considerable wildlife.
Just recently, it was announced that Amarx Construction now plans to develop a 41 unit townhome community on just under 6 acres. Beaverdam Valley Neighborhood Association (BVNA) believes it is irresponsible development by Amarx Construction which may threaten the neighboring Beaverdam communities and the fragile infrastructure of the Beaverdam Valley.
BVNA is asking for your donation to be used for attorney fees and related expenses to oppose this proposed development. The residents of Beaverdam stand together to maintain the residential rural nature of our neighborhoods and stop irresponsible development in Beaverdam Valley.
In December of 2020, Amarx Construction purchased an approximately six-acre lot in the Pinecroft neighborhood of the Beaverdam Valley and received approval to build a 28 unit townhome community. They now intend to build a 41 unit townhome. This development is contradictory to Ordinance 09-08-03 Amendments to Buncombe County Comprehensive Land Use Plan Update which states that overdevelopment in Beaverdam Valley would:
- Lead to slope destabilization, increased erosion and stormwater runoff which will result in direct and significant damage to existing homes
- Have an adverse impact on the community due to traffic dangers and congestion
- Compromise the “exceptionally high” quality of life in Beaverdam Valley, preserved due to the lack of such high-density complexes
- Cause irreparable destruction of natural wildlife habitat
The Beaverdam Community Land Use Ordinance permits only low-density single-family development in order to facilitate the adequate provision of transportation and other infrastructure, to protect the value of property and to protect existing development from incompatible uses.”
Beaverdam Valley is a rare gem of well-preserved rural life, as described in the 2009 ordinance cited above. Allowing such a development would compromise an already fragile way of life and set a dangerous precedent for future developers. While growth is inevitable, it must also be handled with responsibility. The Amarx proposal is not responsible growth in that it does not take into consideration the impact on existing homes and residents, nor is it in line with the 2009 ordinance.
The lot in question – 502 Beaverdam Road – is one of three lots recently subdivided from one larger lot. They are inexplicably zoned RM-16, a type of zoning reserved for high-density urban settings and includes limited commercial use. It is absurdly out of place surrounded by single family homes with quarter-acre lots. The infrastructure of Beaverdam Valley is not equipped to handle such development and will surely lead to additional costs of emergency upgrades and repairs as well as significant inconvenience on the residents of the area.
In response, the goals of the Beaverdam Preservation Society include:
- Advocating for a redesigned proposal by Amarx to build responsibly and consistently with the 2009 Ordinance
- Collaboration with City Council and Asheville city officials to re-evaluate any existing areas in the Beaverdam Valley currently zoned for high-density development that would be inconsistent with the 2009 Ordinance
Asheville City Council, Asheville Planning Department and other government representatives need to hear from Asheville residents that the Beaverdam Valley area is not suitable for high density development. Furthermore, we need to urge city council to please pause any development on those lots until a full review of the zoning can take place. We also need to ask the city to only allow growth and development in a responsible and minimally impactful way.
WHAT’S AT STAKE:
- Environment - The wooded lot and surrounding areas are home to wildlife including bears, turkeys, deer, birds and rabbits. Old trees absorb stormwater and provide a sound buffer.
- Flooding - With a steep slope, stormwater runoff will significantly impact the surrounding neighborhood.
- Traffic - Excessive travel on Pinecroft Road and Beaverdam Road which are not designed for this density will impact safety.
- Increased Costs - For maintaining or upgrading the local sewage system and other Asheville city services.
- Surrounding Homes - Damage to foundations from construction and flooding expected.
To learn more about BVNA, please visit beaverdamvalleyna.org.
PLEASE DONATE TODAY TO HELP PRESERVE THE CHARACTER OF THE NEIGHBORHOODS IN THE BEAVERDAM VALLEY AND PROTECT THE SURROUNDING WILDLIFE AND TREES.