Boards & Commissions


Boards and Commissions Presentation, Vice Mayor Marc Hunt, Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Draft 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.

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

 AFFORDABLE HOUSING ADVISORY COMMITTEE  - The Committee will work in conjunction with City leadership and staff to implement the 2008 Affordable Housing Plan.  The specific functions will be (1) to consider affordable housing policy issues and advise City leadership about those policies; (2) to develop concrete action steps to implement the highest priorities of the Affordable Housing Plan, and to update that Plan as appropriate over time; and (3) to advise City leadership and staff regarding affordable housing priorities for the investment of City-controlled funds.  The deadline for receiving applications for these openings is Wednesday, October 7 at 5 p.m.

HOMELESS INITIATIVE ADVISORY COMMITTEE – The purpose of the Committee is to implement the Ten Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness, and its duties and responsibilities shall include (1) conduct research and investigation into issues about homelessness, including causes and effects within Asheville and the surrounding area; (2) formulate and make recommendations to local governmental entities and social service agencies to reduce the incidence of homelessness; (3) act as a clearinghouse for information on local homelessness issues; and (4) other duties as requested by the City Council, Buncombe County Board of Commissioners, or as the Committee deems appropriate.   The deadline for receiving application for this opening is Wednesday, October 7 at 5 p.m.

 PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION – The Commission is an advisory board to City Council and shall (1) review all new text for proposed amendments to the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), and proposals to zone or change the zoning of all property regulated under the UDO and to make recommendations to City Council for final action thereon; (2) perform studies and surveys of the present conditions and probable future development of the City and its environs, including, but not limited to, studies and surveys of land uses, population, traffic, parking, and redevelopment needs; (3) formulate and recommend to City Council the adoption or amendment of a comprehensive plan and other plans, as necessary, for the City and its environs ; (4) review the terms of the UDO from time to time, as it deems appropriate, and to recommend to City Council any changes that the Commission considers necessary to regulate properly the development and use of land, buildings and structures; (5) review applications for planned unit development designation and the preliminary plans for such planned unit developments and to make recommendations to City Council for final action thereon; and (6) review and decide on approval of all proposed preliminary plats of major subdivisions.   The deadline for receiving applications for these openings is Tuesday, September 29 at 5 p.m.

 TOURISM DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY –  These vacancies are for an individual who is an owner or operator of a hotel, bed and breakfast, or vacation rental management company with more than 100 rental units.  The purpose of the Authority is to further the development of travel, tourism, and conventions in the county through state, national and international advertising and promotion.  The deadline for receiving applications for these opening is Monday, September 21 at Noon.

 TRANSIT COMMITTEE -  The Committee functions as an advisory board to the Multimodal Transportation Commission and to the City staff on matters affecting the transit system and its operation.  The Transit Committees consists of at least seven members and up to eleven members. All are appointed by the Multimodal Transportation Commission. The terms of office are three years. The Asheville Transit Committee will meet the first Tuesday of every month from 3:30 to 5:00 PM. The meetings will be held at City Hall in the first floor conference room.  The deadline for receiving applications for these opening is Friday, October 23 at 5 p.m.


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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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