On November 14th, 2017, the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to pursue the construction of a new three-story courthouse on Morris Road in Brevard, North Carolina. This decision was the end of a process of study and careful consideration that has been a topic of debate in amongst Commissioners for over twelve years. This website will offer updates on the project as it proceeds as well as assemble for public review all previous deliberations of the County Commission regarding the expansion of court facilities in Transylvania County and related documents. In the quick links across the top of this page, you will find a link to the decision matrix, which listed the pros and cons of each possible decision and a compilation of frequently asked questions for your review.
On January 22nd, 2017, the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously to authorize staff to pursue a loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Program to finance the construction costs for the new Courthouse Facility. The amount borrowed for this loan would be approximately $31,000,000 based on current cost projections for the construction of a new facility, with $1.45 million annual payments over the life of the loan. The potential impact on the County tax rate to meet the payments on a USDA loan would be a $0.0254 (two and a half cent) increase. For information about the financing options the Board of County Commissioners reviewed, please click here.
This decision is consistent with laws of North Carolina, which assign to counties the responsibility for providing adequate physical facilities for judicial functions, and the Transylvania County Strategic Plan, which includes the following strategies to promote Transylvania County:
- Support infrastructure that facilitates the visitor's unique experience of our community and encourages them to visit again.
- Protect and preserve cultural heritage and promote arts in the community.
- Provide resources, infrastructure and services that improve public health, mental health, wellness and safety to insure a vibrant community.
- Preserve and educate about cultural heritage of the community.
The construction of a new courthouse facility and the relocation of judicial functions to a new separate facility will allow for a new and permanently safer and functional facility for all who go through the justice system. It will also allow for the preservation and identification of the best future use of the the historic 1881 Courthouse building in downtown Brevard by ensuring that it remains a historic structure and isn't extensively altered through a major renovation program.
For a brief history of this decision, please see the following links which outline major decisions undertaken by the Transylvania County Board of Commissioners regarding the Transylvania County Courthouse: