Blue Ridge Road Small Area Plan

Growth and development patterns changed dramatically in 1979 with the opening of I-40, which increased the flow of visitors to the region and refocused commercial development to downtown Black Mountain and around the existing interchange at NC 9. The resulting increased flow of visitors through downtown Black Mountain triggered the rehabilitation of the Town's historic downtown area. Today, the new interchange with I-40 and Blue Ridge Road (NCDOT STIP No. I-4409 with anticipated construction in mid-2020) will provide all traffic, particularly truck traffic, with alternative access to the interstate that does not involve having to negotiate busy, narrow downtown streets that are often filled with pedestrians. This improved access to I-40 will encourage more development activity in the western portions of Black Mountain. NCDOT will also be constructing a roundabout at the intersection of NC 9 to create a safer transition from NC 9 to Blue Ridge Road. 


With pending development occurring at the Commerce Park and the I-40 interchange, the Town requested assistance with creating a Small Area Plan for the Blue Ridge Road area in order to accommodate transitional land use patters in relation to changing conditions and provide recommendations to modernize the roadway and include pedestrian and bicycle accommodations. The study area (solid red line) encompasses approximately a 210-acre area south of I-40 from the new interchange project, 1.2 miles along Blue Ridge Road (SR 2500), to the NC 9 Roundabout Project. 

Small Area Plan Informational Graphic_9.30.20

It is important to set realistic land use and transportation goals for this area and map out a method in which to achieve these goals. The Blue Ridge Road Small Area Plan provides the Town with a blueprint for use in accommodating expected transitional land use patterns in relationship to changing conditions. The Small Area Plan Final Report and project-related documents can be found below for review.

The following link is a web-based application that provides a summary of existing conditions, NCDOT planned projects, and the draft recommendations (land use and transportation) for comment in advance of the meeting or for those unable to attend.