Despite the Defeat of the State Slope Bill, Local Leaders Press On

ASHEVILLE, NC – Buncombe County Commission Chairman David Gantt says he’s very disappointed the General Assembly did not approve legislation this session to regulate steep slope development.

But he says the county won’t fail to act. Gantt says in the coming months, he hopes to assemble a group of builders, developers, landowners and environmentalists to come up with a Buncombe County standard that will be a model for the rest of the mountains. Mars Hill Representative Ray Rapp’s Safe Artificial Slope Act faced opposition from the building and real estate industries, and lawmakers who worried it would hurt the mountain economy. Rapp says he hopes to re-introduce it next year.

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