Bryson City Land Use Plan 2045

The Town of Bryson City, with assistance from the Southwestern Commission, is seeking public input for an update to the Town’s Land Use Plan. This plan will help the Town be better prepared for the future, address emerging issues, and preserve Bryson City’s unique character. Please provide feedback on the proposed goals we have developed based on results from the previous survey.


Public Input Information:

  1. Review the documents below.
  2. Check back for more information regarding the draft plan and public hearing.
Survey #2: Proposed Goals (Closed)
The survey will be open from
May 16-June 6, 2022

Paper copies of the survey are also available at Town Hall. 
Public Input Session
Location: Bryson City Town Hall
Date: Tuesday, May 31st
Time: 3:00 – 7:00 pm
Drop in at your convenience to review the plan materials, ask questions, and provide your feedback!

Next Steps: Public input received will be incorporated into the Final Land Use Plan. The Town will hold a public hearing for the adoption of the plan in July 2022. Check the Town’s website for details: https://www.brysoncitync.gov/


Survey #1 – Opportunities and Challenges (Closed)

The first round of community input was held August-September 2021 and consisted of an online survey (with a paper option available) and an interactive map. The purpose of the initial phase of input was to hear what the community values most about Bryson City and what opportunities and challenges they see facing Bryson City’s future. We appreciate everyone who participated – the input we received was invaluable and we are excited to share the results below. 

Opportunities & Challenges Survey Summary
Opportunities & Challenges Survey Individual Comments
Opportunities & Challenges Map Comments


Proposed Vision Statement for the 2045 Plan:

The people who know and love Bryson City envision a thriving, walkable, business-friendly town with abundant outdoor recreation opportunities. The vision of Bryson City acknowledges and respects the culture and natural resources while encouraging positive changes that will improve the quality of life for current and future residents and visitors.


Bryson City’s previous Land Use Plan (2008) can be viewed here.