About Fusco Land Planning & Design

Whether your project is a plaza and fountain design, an overall camp master plan and trail system, or site planning for your dream home, we have the experience to effectively design, plan and fully manage your project. While we are committed to the needs of our clients, we are equally committed to sensitive solutions for the land that we work upon.

Our Philosophy

Our experience working in the private and public sector over the last 18 years has solidified our overall design philosophy of creating balance between our built and the natural environment. Our designs strive to maintain that balance and complement the natural systems inherent to each site in its predevelopment state. Further, our region is blessed to have an abundance of public land situated at our doorsteps. We seek out projects that will help provide better access within our urban environment as well as improving access to public lands. For some, the ability to connect to the forest by sidewalk or greenway may be the only real opportunity they have to experience nature. We believe that our attentiveness to the relationship between natural and built interests helps us design and develop more innovative, economical, and successful solutions. Our low-impact development philosophy helps ensure that the beauty inherent to your property remains, and that all portions of the design work harmoniously to enhance that. This is true for all projects: urban, rural and natural.

Learn About Our Projects

We are proud of the legacy of creative design, client satisfaction and environmental stewardship that our firm is known for, and we look forward to sharing success with you. Contact us to learn more about how we can help with your project.

About Matthew Fusco

My passion for the mountains and bikes brought me to the western North Carolina area in 1999. 

My work with Melrose Design Group from 1999 – 2009 exposed me to large-scale land development and the challenges associated with development in this area. As a way to complement and encourage responsible development, we began working with our clients to incorporate an element of conservation in many of our designs. During this same time, we were involved in the planning and implementation of the first phase of the City of Brevard’s greenway system, which has since been expanded to connect the downtown area to the Pisgah National Forest at Davidson River.

After the close of Melrose Design Group in late 2009,  I maintained key projects I worked on while with the firm and worked full-time for the U.S. Forest Service as the Landscape Architect for the Cherokee National Forest. In my work for the Cherokee National Forest, I was responsible for evaluating forest management strategies as it relates to scenery and impacts on the greater landscape as well as design and development of recreation opportunities, including trailheads, camping areas, and trail system planning. 

Outside of my work life, I am an avid mountain biker and enjoy the exploration aspect of the sport. I’ve traveled and raced by trail across Colorado, Arizona, Idaho and Georgia, and have explored routes connecting Virginia to North Carolina and beyond. When I am not in the woods, I work with a local bike advocacy nonprofit called Asheville on Bikes, where we “Cultivate the culture of urban and commuter cycling through advocacy and celebration. We believe that cycling has a direct impact on the health of our community.” As a founding member and current board member/policy committee chair, I have been excited to see our organization grow and develop relationships throughout our community as we strive to make Asheville and the surrounding areas more cycle-friendly. 

Licensure & Certifications

  • Licensed in NC #1261, SC #1149
  • NC Stormwater BMP Maintenance & Inspection Certification
  • NC Real Estate Broker #243105

Software Capabilities

  • Photoshop, Illustrator and other Adobe products
  • ArcGIS
  • AutoCAD
  • Microsoft Products

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