Boards & Commissions


Boards and Commissions Manual

Through a variety of boards and commissions established by Asheville City Council, citizens can provide input on the policies that shape their government and their city. There are currently more than 30 boards and commissions that advise the Mayor and City Council on a array of issues.

Board members and commissioners generally serve as unpaid volunteers, but the rewards can be gratifying: members meet other residents with similar interests, they learn about the city, and they help shape the future of Asheville. Being on a board or commission does require a significant personal commitment, however, so applicants should consider their ability to commit their time and personal energy before applying.

To find out more about a specific board or commission, please visit their individual web pages located on the left menu. Board and commission meetings are open to the public, so potential applicants are encouraged to sit in on monthly meetings. Meeting dates, times and locations vary, and are available on individual web pages.

If members of the public are interested in being on an  e-mail list to receive information on a particular board, they will need to contact the individual staff contact (which can be found in the Boards & Commissions Meeting Schedules, Contact Information and Liaisons below).  

Boards & Commissions Meeting Schedules, Contact Information and Liaisons

Applying for a Board or Commission:

If you are interested in serving on a Boards or Commission, download an application or request one from the city clerk’s office.  After your application is received, you will receive a receipt of application e-mail.  If you do not receive that receipt within two hours after submittal, please contact City Clerk Maggie Burleson at or 259-5601 to make sure that your application has reached the City Clerk's Office.  Once an application is received, the city will place your name on the resource list for the particular board. When vacancies occur, the City Council will review the resource list and schedule interviews. You will be contacted directly if it is necessary for you to interview for an appointment.

Be a Local Leader

The City of Asheville has various openings on various committees.  Have you ever wanted to make a difference?  Have you wondered, “Can the City benefit from my experience and knowledge?”  Do you want to have a voice in the City’s growth and future?  Do you want to be a part of the body that is responsible for making decisions regarding policy, service and education?  If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, then it’s time to take that initial step forward and put your perspective, leadership and knowledge to task by serving on one of the many committees we have to offer.


The board listed below currently has vacancies.  The deadline for receiving applications for these openings is Wednesday, July 20 at 5 p.m.

 Please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 259-5601 or by e-mail at for an application form.


AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE COMMISSION - The Commission shall have the following powers and duties: (a) Develop rules for the conduct of its business, including but not limited to meeting schedules, election of officers, voting, subcommittees, et al.; (2) Develop a plan to identify, create, encourage, promote and implement projects that will recognize, increase and expand the awareness of the contributions of African-Americans throughout the City-County area; and (3) Create plans to identify and recognize sites in the community that are significant to African-American history; encourage and promote economic activity related to the African American community; and propose other projects that are consistent with the goals of the Commission.

  The responsibilities of the Committee include serving as liaison between the police and community over concern; to mediate problems or conflicts; to serve as an advocate for programs, ideas, and methods to improve the relationship between the police and the community; and to disseminate information to the community and to the government officials in Asheville.

The City of Asheville will be undertaking a 15 to 17 month process to update the City of Asheville Comprehensive Plan.  The plan will act as a resource for policy decisions by reflecting the community’s vision for the location and form of future development, while ensuring sufficient infrastructure, parks and other community services. The city has retained the services of Skidmore Owings and Merrill (SOM) to lead this effort. SOM will work with city staff to facilitate the planning process, which will include extensive public engagement. 

The purpose of the Comprehensive Plan is to set forth goals and policy opportunities for sustainable growth and development over the next 10-20 years and beyond.  The plan will include strategies related to land use, multimodal transportation, economic development, social equity, infrastructure, housing, livability, placemaking, open space, climate change adaptation, and sustainability.

Scope of the Comprehensive Plan Advisory Committee:  SOM will work with city staff to form an Advisory Team to provide input and feedback on the planning and public engagement process. The Advisory Team will represent a broad diversity of interests on topics relevant to the Comprehensive Plan and will have representation, at minimum, from the following committees/organizations (in no particular order), plus three at-large members:

·        Planning and Zoning Committee;
·        African American Heritage Committee;
·        City of Asheville Recreation Board;
·        Asheville Downtown Commission;
·        Historic Resources Commission of Asheville & Buncombe County (HRC);
·        Public Art and Cultural Commission (PACC);
·        Buncombe County liaison;
·        Downtown Commission;
·        Sustainability Advisory Committee on Energy and the Environment (SACEE);
·        Asheville Multi-modal Transportation Commission;
·        Asheville Affordable Housing Advisory Committee;
·        Neighborhood Advisory Committee; and
·        Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce.

With respect to the at-large member seats, preference will be given to candidates who broaden the diversity of interests represented on the committee.

The Advisory Committee will be involved throughout the community visioning process. The scope of the Advisory Committee includes, at a minimum, the following tasks:

·        Attend a workshop with SOM’s Planning Team and city staff during the Assessment Phase of the project to review deliverables related to data collection, benchmarking and public/stakeholder engagement.

·        Attend 2 workshops with SOM’s Planning Team and city staff during the Strategy and Vision Phase of the project to provide input on strategies related to public engagement, economic development, physical opportunity scenarios and the establishment of Asheville’s Principles and Goals.

·        Attend a teleconference with SOM’s Planning Team and city staff at the Draft Comprehensive Plan Phase of the project to review a draft progress package and attend a follow-up workshop with SOM’s Planning Team and city staff  to review and comment on the Final Draft of the Plan.

·        Attend a workshop with SOM’s Planning Team and city staff for a presentation on the Final Comprehensive Plan.

      Additional responses to the questions below MUST BE included with each application:

1.    What do you see as the major challenges facing Asheville in the next 10 years?

2.    What do you see as the major opportunities available to Asheville in the next 10 years?

3.    Do you have any affiliation with an existing City of Asheville Board or Commission?  If so, please indicate the Board or Commission.

NEIGHBORHOOD ADVISORY COMMITTEE– The Committee was established to advise the City Council on neighborhoods within the City of Asheville’s zoning and planning jurisdiction.  The Commission shall have the following powers and duties: (1) Develop rules and by-laws for the conduct of its business, including but not limited to meeting schedules, officers, voting, sub-committees; (2) Develop a plan to strengthen neighborhood identity and resilience, and to facilitate communication and cooperation between Asheville’s neighborhoods and City offices; (3) Develop benchmarks and standards by which progress towards implementing the plan can be measured; and (4) Work on special projects that are consistent with the goals of the committee, as assigned or directed by Council. 

SUSTAINABILITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE ON ENERGY AND THE ENVIRONMENT– This Committee will undertake initiatives, at a City level and participate in the larger community and regional discussions, to improve the environment, encourage green development, and support the development of a healthy community.

TREE COMMISSION - The purpose of the Tree Commission is to foster the preservation, planting, replacement and removal of trees without denying the reasonable use and enjoyment of real property.  The Commission's responsibilities include: facilitate the planting, growth and protection of trees within the City; foster the communication and coordination among the citizens of the City that would provide the needed support for protection of trees within the City; conduct continuing research, planning and feasibility assessments required to support the purposes of the Commission; and work with City staff to promote and enforce Chapter 20 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Asheville regarding the regulation of planting, protection, preservation and removal of trees.

 IN ADDITION, The City is also looking for individuals to serve on the Accessory Dwelling Unit Task Force.  The
 deadline for the Task Force applications is Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 5 p.m.

ACCESSORY DWELLING UNIT TASK FORCE -  With each application, please indicate whether you are (1) a concerned neighbor who is impacted by the ADU short-term rentals; (2) a member of the community who owns, manages or benefits from such rentals; (3) a renter; or (4) a neutral but interested individual. Since City Council would like to distribute the 8 at-large seats evenly among the four categories above, the application deadline has been extended until Thursday, June 23, at 5 p.m., with an emphasis on renters to apply.

The City of Asheville is recruiting a community Task Force to help shape decisions about Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) homestay rentals. The City of Asheville currently does not allow full-home short-term rentals in residential neighborhoods but does permit homestays provided certain conditions can be satisfied.  A homestay is a legal form of short-term renting where the owner or resident manager resides on the property full-time.  Under Asheville’s current homestay rules, an ADU may not be used as part of a homestay operation; although, ADUs (such as garage apartments and cottages) can be legally used for long-term rentals in residentially zoned areas, with “long-term” defined as anything rented for one month or longer.


Task Force members will be expected to attend approximately six meetings between July and September 2016 to research, discuss and recommend programmatic and land use regulations related to the potential use of ADUs as part of a homestay operation.  The Task Force will not be responsible for researching, discussing or recommending changes to either general standards regulating homestays, nor to the position to continue to prohibit whole-house rentals, as City Council recently approved an ordinance (on November 17, 2015) that addresses these issues. 


The City seeks a range of collaborative, solution-oriented participants to serve on the Task Force of up to 12 people.  The City Council will appoint a group that will work respectfully together to create well-informed recommendations for programmatic and land-use regulations in the Fall of 2016. The City recommends stakeholder groups nominate individuals to apply to represent their collective interests. Applicants should understand both sides of the debate, the vacation home rental industry, the land use process and/or have other pertinent experience.


There will be approximately eight at-large Task Force seats to be filled by members of the community via an application process. The City intends to distribute those seats evenly among:

•              Concerned neighbors who are impacted by the ADU short-term rentals

•              Members of the community who own, manage or benefit from such rentals

•              Renters

•              Neutral but interested individuals


There will be four other seats filled by representatives from the following stakeholder groups:

•              Asheville Short-Term Rental Advocates

•              Asheville Neighborhood Advisory Committee

•              Land of the Sky Association of Realtors

•              Asheville Affordable Housing Advisory Committee


The above groups will nominate three individuals each from their respective organizations.  In June 2016, the city’s Governance Committee will select one representative from each of the four groups to serve on the ADU Task Force.  


Regular attendance for the task force is crucial for this effort. The first meeting is anticipated in July 2016.


For questions regarding the application process and application, please contact Maggie Burleson at  For questions regarding the Task Force, please contact Shannon Tuch at


Also, with each application, please indicate whether you are (1) a concerned neighbor who is impacted by the ADU short-term rentals; (2) a member of the community who owns, manages or benefits from such rentals; (3) a renter; or (4) a neutral but interested individual.


Additional responses to the questions below MUST BE included with each application:

1.            What do you see as the major challenges faced in Asheville’s current housing market?

2.            What would you envision as the preferred outcome of this task force?

3.            As a member of this task force, it is expected that you will be fair and act in the best interest of
               the larger Asheville community.  Please indicate whether you have any conflicts with this


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Please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 259-5601 or by e-mail at for any information on Boards & Commissions.

Contact Information

Maggie Burleson, City Clerk
Location: Asheville City Hall, 2nd floor
Mailing: P.O. Box 7148, Asheville, NC 28802
Phone: (828) 259-5601


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