Comprehensive Plan (2/28/19)
The town also approved several members on the steering committee to update the town’s comprehensive plan, and settled on Making Mills River as a name for the plan.
During the public comment portion of the meeting, Planning Board member Dennis Wilson urged the council to be diligent in crafting the new plan.
“The comprehensive plan needs to really be taken seriously in how we determine where we want future development,” he told the council, speaking of the growth of the community, and how people far and wide know where Mills River is and know that it’s growing.
He urged the council to add teeth the plan and work to avoid spot zoning that he said has taken place in the past, keeping an eye on where things should be focused based on utility availability and other resources.
As 280 corridor grows, officials consider options for a ‘downtown’ Mills River (4/28/19)
If asked to name the main drag of Mills River, most folks would likely say Boylston Highway, which runs from the town limits near the Asheville Airport to the town limits just past Turkey Pen Road, while the town hall is off N.C. 191 on the way toward Hendersonville, and sits on the town limit line.
That stretch of Highway 280 is busy and getting busier. As the town puts together its new comprehensive plan, called Making Mills River, a big task will be defining the future of its most highly traveled road.
Focal Point for a Rural Town (5/5/19)
Leaders of the town of Mills River deserve credit for all they have done over 16 years since incorporating to fulfill their vision for a different kind of town.
The town’s 2003 incorporation grew out of residents’ desire to retain Mills River’s farms and rural landscape, keep taxes and regulations minimal and avoid being annexed by another municipality. As one of the oldest community’s in Henderson County, residents also formed the town of Mills River to protect the community’s distinct identity.