History of Henderson County from the 1990s

1 Session: Thursday, April 28

10:00 a.m. – Noon

Sink Building, Room 233

Member Fee: $20, Non-Member Fee: $30


The 1990s, or the “firestorm years”, were perhaps the most volatile yet interesting years in the County's history. The first hour of this class will be devoted to that decade and cover the contentious land use controversies, the water wars, acrimony over schools, property rights vs. zoning, runaway development, and the winds of change. The second hour will cover the major events and trends of the last twenty-one years including politics, the struggle of new towns with their identities, public safety, road issues, industrial and agricultural development, and the issues that are still making news in Henderson County today.

Matt Matteson has a background in local Government, serving as city manager in three towns in North Carolina and as Henderson County's planning director from 1989 to 1999. Subsequently he was Director of Planning and Research at Blue Ridge Community College, retiring in 2010. Matt is a contributing writer for the Hendersonville Lightning. He holds a BS degree from East Carolina University and an MPA degree from Golden Gate University. Matt has previously presented to BRCLL.