Vision at Work

Vision at Work

It takes decades of discussion, refinements and implementation to develop a community consensus vision.  We started that visioning process for the French Broad River watershed back in 1989 with the development of The Riverfront Plan. We refined the vision in 1992 with the development of the Open Space Design Guidelines, and we fully documented the vision and spurred the rebirth of the French Broad in the wildly popular Wilma Dykeman RiverWay Plan in 2004.  The Wilma Dykeman RiverWay has been adopted by over 40 civic and fraternal organizations, regional agencies and local governments and it is being implemented as a mixed-use, mixed-income multi-modal transportation plan that is bringing new vitality to our watershed every day. The Dykeman plans focus for economic activity is all about quality of life – recreation in all its forms, the arts in all its forms and wellness. Our environmental goal in the watershed is to have a river that is fishable, drinkable, swimmable and accessible by everyone who wants to live, work or play by the river. The French Broad River watershed is now home to the 2nd and 3rd largest craft brewers in the USA as well as over 10 smaller craft brewers. The watershed is also home to a number of artists and arts districts from the old Brevard  Lumber yard  in Transylvania County to the urban River Arts district in Asheville to  the old Marshall High on Blannahassett Island in Marshall – the arts are alive and doing great in our  watershed.  Wellness and access to a multitude of traditional and a wide variety of non-traditional health and wellness options is one of the trademarks of the French Broad River watershed.