Close the GAP Planning Process


Happening Now

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.


Why Does Close the Gap Matter?


Most Recent Public Engagement Meetings

  •  August 25, 2021 Virtual Public Meeting 

                      Click here to view the MEETING RECORDING


Proposed Plan Maps

Pedestrian Plan

Greenway Plan 



Public Engagement – January 2023

Final Draft of the plan – January/February 2023

Present to Boards and Commissions – March/April 2023

Present to Council for adoption – May 2023



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 12/3/2021


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