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.




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The City of Asheville would like your feedback about where we are in the Close the GAP Planning Process.

In this survey we will ask a series of questions about you and your walking and wheeling needs on Asheville’s streets and greenways.

Take the Close the GAP Survey


Need Assistance?
If you need assistance in completing this survey, please contact Brad Stein, City of Asheville Risk Manager and ADA Coordinator, at 828-259-5687.

Two virtual meetings were held on August 25 and 27.  

Click here to view the PRESENTATION

Click here to view the MEETING RECORDING



Check out this video for an update on the Close the GAP Planning Process.

The first round of public engagement was conducted from mid-November to mid-January via an online survey.
Here is a video with a summation of our findings so far.

Currently, our consultants are developing a preliminary plan with the information we received and we will start the second round of public engagement for comments once it is ready.

If you are interested in talking to us about the plan or would like us to come to your virtual meetings to provide updates and to answer questions, please contact Lucy Crown at

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 8/25/2021


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