FOHCG Board of Trustees Annual Meeting
Elections for new trustees and other business
When: Sunday, December 8, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Odd’s Cafe, 800 Haywood Road
All are welcome.
Welcome to the Friends of Hominy Creek Greenway Website!
We’re glad you’re here and we appreciate your interest in your park. We are currently working closely with the City of Asheville and residents to accomplish our mission.
Our mission statement: The FOHCG Inc. works with the community to manage the Hominy Creek Greenway in order to maintain its wild nature, preserve its rich history, and to connect to the French Broad River, future greenways, and downtown Asheville.
The Friends of Hominy Creek Greenway is recruiting future trustees
If you are interested in serving the community and becoming a steward of the Hominy Creek Greenway contact FOHCG board of trustees president Bryan Tomes (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Become a member of the Friends of Hominy Creek Greenway
To become a member visit our membership page. You will be redirected to the website of our fiscal agent: Asheville GreenWorks. Your membership or donation is tax deductible.
Please visit our blog for updated information on the Crossroads at West Asheville development on the opposite bank of Hominy Creek.
The proposal seeks to establish a planned unit development consisting of 802 residential units, and approximately 120,000 square feet of retail, office, and self-storage space. The developer of the property is Catalyst Capital Partners of Charlotte, North Carolina.
Upcoming meetings of public interest regarding Crossroads:
Buncombe County Board of Adjustment
Review of conditional use permit
Wednesday, December 11
200 College Street, Asheville
Our statement regarding the Crossroads at West Asheville development
The Friends of Hominy Creek Greenway opposes the current plan to develop the Crossroads at West Asheville development due to its negative impact on Hominy Creek and the Hominy Creek Greenway.
We have multiple concerns with the size and scope of the development:
- The overall size and scope of the development will have an impact on the viewshed due to the placement and height of the structures.
- The development is on a unique parcel of land within the Hominy Creek watershed and will impact the water quality due to run off from parking lots and construction.
- An increase in traffic flow in the surrounding neighborhood will impact public safety among pedestrians who use the Hominy Creek Greenway.
The Friends of Hominy Creek Greenway seek the opportunity to work with the developer, the State of North Carolina, Buncombe County, and the City of Asheville to implement the following:
- That the developer repair the eroding stream bank on their property and create a substantial buffer of 50 feet or more consisting of deep-rooted woody plants along Hominy Creek to protect it from runoff and bank erosion; and to mitigate thermal and other water quality impacts from the 40 acres of new impervious surface proposed
- That the developer examine how the size and placement of structures and parking lots will impact the viewshed of users of the Hominy Creek Greenway and adapt their plans to minimize and mitigate the impact on the viewshed.
- That the developer use low-impact construction practices and building techniques to capture and filter stormwater runoff to minimize the impact on Hominy Creek, and to compliment the proposed ponds with additional and more effective water quality treatment.
- That Buncombe County require the developer build a section of greenway with adequate bicycle and pedestrian facilities to connect with existing greenways and pedestrian infrastructure.
- That the developer, Buncombe County and the City of Asheville add and improve pedestrian infrastructure associated with the existing greenway and establish safe bicycle and pedestrian connectivity between the existing and proposed trails.
- That the State of North Carolina consider improvements to I-240/I-26 access ramps and an additional access ramp at Bear Creek Road and I-240/I-26 to minimize traffic flow onto side streets in the surrounding community.
Please contact FOHCG Inc. president Bryan Tomes for comment.
CONTACT: Bryan Tomes, 828-772-5542 or email@example.com
These are the plans submitted to the Buncombe County Board of Adjustment for the Crossroads Conditional Use Permit:
Work day schedule on the Greenway:
Thanks to all who volunteered this year! Keep your eyes peeled for upcoming workdays!
About the Greenway
The Hominy Creek Greenway is parkland on 14 acres of land along Hominy Creek in West Asheville. The land borders 2/3 mile of the northern side of Hominy Creek and Buttermilk Creek between Sand Hill Road and Hominy Creek Road. Its southern boundary is the creek and its northern boundary follows the back lot lines of the houses on Shelburne Road.
The land was logged by Edwin Carrier in the late 1880’s. It became the route for the West Asheville and Sulphur Springs Railway, a trolley line between Asheville and Carrier’s Sulphur Springs Hotel. The trolley was the first hydro-electric powered railroad in WNC.
The Friends of Hominy Creek Greenway holds the community vision for the park and has a partnership agreement with the City of Asheville designating our organization as stewards.
The Hominy Creek Greenway Master Plan created by the City of Asheville, the FOHCG, and by the community is below (Click this link to open a PDF file of the plan: Hominy Creek Master Plan)