Sanctuary Village Newsletter - Greetings from Franklin and the mountains of North Carolina, Traditional Neighborhood Development in the mountains of Western North Carolina

Are you ready for the summer? We are. Or at least we’re getting there.

We’ve heard from so many of you this spring, we expect the summer season in the mountains to be a period of reconnecting. So we’ve been getting ready for you.

Our first project was to realign our website so that it’s easier to go right to the information you need. Now, as soon as you land on our Sanctuary Village home page, you get a quick explainer about what we’re doing: We’re inviting you to be part of a new-home neighborhood in the heart of an historic NC mountain town. On the right-hand side of the opening page are the newsletters like this one, arranged in chronological order, with the most recent on top. It’s a great way to see how our ideas are evolving.

Click on “Overview” or on the “learn more” phrase at the bottom of the introduction, and you go right to the page with the Village master plan, the first-phase lay-out, and floor plans and elevations of homes. And if you want to delve deeper, click on “Resources” for access to guides and brochures about Sanctuary Village and the Town of Franklin.

In the next month or so, we’ll be sharing news about next steps in Village planning and construction. We think you’ll sense the energy building for realizing our dreams – and yours – of the most appealing, most livable in-town neighborhood in the mountains. In the meantime, we want to share with you two upcoming events on our calendar.

In a couple weeks, we’re heading out to Boulder, Colorado, where we’re serving on a panel about the convergence of two key movements in community living – New Urbanism which re-established age-old principles about what makes for healthy, connected neighborhoods; and cohousing, the Denmark-founded movement that puts neighbors in charge of the design of their neighborhoods, often before land is acquired. We’ve written about both of these ideas in previous newsletters, and we’ll report on the conference in our July letter.

While there are almost weekly festivals and events in Franklin during the summer, we’re especially enthusiastic about the Local Food Gala coming up on July 24. This annual event, sponsored by the non-profit Land Trust for the Little Tennessee, has grown in popularity each year. It’s testimony to the increasing interest in growing and consuming local food in our area. And because we’re committed to integrating local food connections into our plans for Sanctuary Village, we’re very supportive of local growers. If you’re planning to be close, come on out on July 24. We’ll see you there.

As always, I’m looking forward to talking with you about what’s next for the Village and how you might join us in building this unique place in the mountains. Give me a call anytime.

We’re starting a glorious summer in Franklin. Come be a part of it.



Tim and Iva Ryan
Town Founders

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