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Welcome to the Southwestern Commission

Your regional council of government. We serve as a technical, economic, and planning resource to local towns and counties in our western region.

Officially known as the Southwestern North Carolina Planning and Economic Development Commission, we cover the counties of Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Jackson, Macon, and Swain, the 17 municipalities therein, and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

Southwestern North Carolina continues to change rapidly, and as the population increases, so does demand on local government to provide the needed services and infrastructure. The Southwestern Commission remains on the leading edge of this growth, providing expertise in land use planning, economic and workforce development, and elderly services. Our work, and your love of this region, ensure that regional growth occurs in a healthy and sustainable manner that benefits us all.

 

 

News and Updates

Bryson City Land Use Plan Update

The Town of Bryson City is updating its Land Use Plan to guide future changes that will affect residents and visitors. The Bryson City 2045 Opportunities and Challenges Survey will…

American Rescue Plan – Housing

Summary of “American Rescue Plan: Local Government Funding for Affordable Housing Development” by UNC School of Government’s Tyler Mulligan The Federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 established Coronavirus State…

Macon County CTP

The Southwestern Rural Planning Organization (RPO) is seeking public input on the 2021 Macon County Comprehensive Transportation Plan (CTP).   Macon County Comprehensive Transportation Plan Draft April 2021 Comments may be…

The Senior Resource Guide Is Online!

The Southwestern Commission Area Agency on Aging is honored to once again provide the region with EMBRACING AGING: A Senior Resource Guide for the Southwestern Mountains of N.C. This guide…