Coggins Project Bridges Community Concerns

Developer to consider conservation initiatives by local conservation group


The 169 acre Coggins Farm is about seven miles from downtown Asheville and has been in the same family since the founding of Buncombe County. Kept largely undeveloped and bordering the forests of Warren Wilson College, it features a mix of pastures, long stretches of Bull Creek, fertile bottom lands, and mature woods that provide home to a plethora of native medicinal plants and wildlife.

In April 2014, the Buncombe County Board of Adjustments approved Case Enterprises’ plans to develop 281 housing units, four campus office buildings, a school, and a bed and breakfast on the property. The vote followed a lengthy meeting during which Riceville Valley community residents voiced concerns over the proposed development.

The Coggins Conservation Projects aims to bridge community concerns and the developers plans for the land. The Coggins Conservation Project (CCP) has stepped forward to propose a conservation plan that would limit the overall impact of the development by placing up to 75 acres of the land in a conservation easement. This conservation plan represents an effort to maintain a scenic natural viewshed, keep intact a valuable ecosystem, and address development concerns in the greater Asheville area. This plan could co-exist with the proposed development while retaining and protecting a generous share of Coggins Farm in its pristine condition.

The CCP has launched an Indiegogo campaign to support these conservation efforts, as well as raise public awareness about the environmental, economic, and social benefits of land preservation. This opening round of the campaign has a goal of raising $12,000 to fund the extensive outreach efforts and preservation initiatives, cover the necessary administrative and legal costs, and pay for the consulting fees associated with the formation of a solid land conservation proposal. To share or contribute to the campaign,
please visit: www.cogginsconservation.org/campaign

The CCP is comprised of original family members, neighbors, conservation enthusiasts, and agricultural supporters. The project team has developed a community platform that offers further information about the project, development updates, and ways that the community can participate. Please visit us at: www.cogginsconservation.org.