Asheville Area Riverfront Redevelopment Commission

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    The Asheville Area Riverfront Redevelopment Commission consists of 14 members - 2 members appointed by the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners, with one being a County Commissioner; 5 members appointed by City Council, with one being a City Council member; 2 members appointed by the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce; 2 members appointed by RiverLink; 2 members appointed by the Council of Independent Business Owners; and 1 member appointed by the Woodfin Town of Aldermen. Each appointing body shall ensure that at least one half of their appointees are an owner of real property or an owner of a business in the Regional Riverfront. The Town of Woodfin, having only 1 appointee, is exempted from the ownership requirement.

    The Commission shall (1) recommend to the City and County an overall policy for the continued development and sustainability of the regional riverfront; (2) provide recommendations to the City and County for effective management of the public resources for the districts; (3) actively pursue and assist private sector investment in the districts; and (4) cooperate with, evaluate and represent the recommendations of other organizations, including, but not limited to, property owners, merchants, residents, businesses, tenants, non-profits, institutions and other members of the riverfront and regional riverfront district communities.

    The Commission meets at 4:00 p.m. on the 2nd Thursday of each month in the Chamber of Commerce Board Room at 36 Montford Avenue.

    River District Design Review

    Design review includes architectural review of all construction work requiring building, sign, demolition, zoning permits, and variance requests within the River District.   

    The purpose of design review is to preserve the character of the area, protect and enhance unique sites and structure, and to encourage investments that will increase pedestrian connections and  density while promoting and managing the riparian areas of local rivers.  

    The Review Process

    Anyone planning construction work in the River District must have their proposal reviewed by Planning & Development Department staff, and by the AARRC Design Review Subcommittee if the project is a Major Works. While review is mandatory, compliance is voluntary. There is no fee for review. 

    Renovation, rehabilitation, and construction that promotes visual harmony, enhances the historical integrity of the area, and recognizes environmental constraints is encouraged by the review process.  

    Contact the City of Asheville’s Planning & Development Department staff prior to making an application to discuss the proposed plans and determine what information is required for submission. (828) 259-5846.

    River District Design Guidelines  River District Trees & Shrubs

    For more information on City of Asheville Riverfront Redevelopment efforts, visit this page.

    General Information

    Chairman: Carleton Collins
       Staff Liaison: Stephanie Monson, Urban Planner
    Phone: 828-232-4502

    Adopted Resolution and City Ordinance  By Laws  Member Roster (March 2016)

    Annual Report 2015
    Annual Report 2014 
    Annual Report 2013   Annual Report 2012 

    Meeting Information

    Date Minutes Documents
     January 14, 2016 Minutes  
     December 10, 2015 Minutes  
     November 12, 2015 Minutes  
     October 8, 2015 Minutes  
     September 10, 2015 Minutes  
     August 13, 2015 Minutes  
     July 9, 2015 Minutes  
     June 11, 2015 Minutes  
     May 14, 2015 Minutes  
     April 9, 2015 Minutes  
     March 12, 2015 Minutes  
     February 12, 2015 Minutes  
     January 15, 2015 Minutes

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