Downtown Waynesville wins top state planning award
The North Carolina chapter of the American Planning Association (APA–NC) recognized the Town of Waynesville’s Main Street as a winner of this year’s Great Places in North Carolina awards program.
Downtown Waynesville Association’s Executive Director Buffy Phillips and Chairman John Keith, as well as Town Manager Rob Hites and Development Services Director Elizabeth Teague accepted the award at the APA-NC Conference in Asheville earlier this month.
In the nomination application, Elizabeth Teague wrote, “Main Street is the historic and cultural center for Waynesville and an important economic driver for the community. . . It is the heart of a great community and a wonderful place to visit.”
The town’s efforts at maintaining the historic and architectural integrity of the corridor, the installations of the Art Commission and other streetscape amenities, and the events and festivals held on Main Street all contributed to the award.
The award recognizes the hard work of many people over the years.
The Downtown Waynesville Association nonprofit was created in 1985 and Waynesville accepted into the North Carolina Main Street Program in 1986. The Downtown Main Street Municipal Service District was created in 1986 by resolution of the town governing board.
Through the municipal service district, the town and the DWA have been able to install decorative sidewalks, landscaping, decorative street lights and other elements such as benches, and historic markers. In 2005, the area of Main Street between the courthouse and the Town Hall and Municipal Building were placed on the National Register.