Close the GAP Planning Process

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The City of Asheville is in the midst of a large project to update the City’s Greenway Plan (G), ADA Transition Plan* (A), and Pedestrian Plan (P) (*By ADA transition we are specifically looking at accessibility improvements within the rights-of-way on our street network).

The planning process, known as the Close the GAP, will identify a network of the pedestrian, greenway, and accessibility networks for our community as well as programs and policies to support it. We combined these plans because the pedestrian network will be a stronger one if the three aspects:  greenways, ADA transitions, and pedestrian networks are planned at the same time.
For information, go to the Close the GAP Page



Happening Now

When COVID-19 hit last Spring, we were in the very beginning stage of our planning process. Since then, our public engagement has needed to transition to a format that is safer for all to use. We are now launching our first step in public outreach for our Close the GAP planning process and have created information and surveys that are easy to use and share.

We are now ready for you all to give us your input and help us spread the word to generate survey participation from your networks and neighbors across Asheville.

Here are three things you can do today to Take a Step for Asheville through the Close the GAP effort:

read about close the GAP    read about asheville unpaved

take the close the gap survey    take the transition plan survey

  • Please share social media materials through your network. This will be more important than ever as we continue through these months of social distancing.

We appreciate your time and interest and look forward to hearing your voice.



Why two surveys?

take the close the gap surveyThe Close the GAP survey addresses sidewalks and greenways in Asheville. It also has questions related to a new initiative for natural surface trails (aka dirt trails) in Asheville.  We are calling this initiative “Asheville Unpaved.”  Please take this survey if you are interested in more and better sidewalks and greenways within Asheville city limits. There is an overview presentation that explains our planning process. We recommend watching the presentations before taking the survey.



take the transition plan surveyThe ADA Transition Plan survey addresses accessibility issues within the public right-of-way.  Right-of-way is a fancy word for the property the City controls where our streets and sidewalks are built.  This survey addresses roads, sidewalks, crosswalks and ramps that get you from the road to the sidewalk. Please take this survey if you have accessibility issues or care for someone who does.



Supporting Information


2005 Pedestrian Plan

2013 Greenway Master Plan

RiverLink’s Wilma Dykeman Riverway Plan

Proposed Access for Pedestrian Facilities in Public Right-of Way

Storymap: What is Close the GAP?

Storymap: What is Asheville Unpaved?

Glossary of Transportation Terms


Contact Information

Lucy Crown, Greenway Coordinator


Updated 11/10/2020


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