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

    River District Design Review is required for almost all property or business development work requiring building, sign, demolition, zoning permits, and variance requests within the area mapped as the River District Design Review Area.

    The purpose of design review is to:

    • Preserve the historic character of existing buildings and landscapes
    • Strengthen the quality of new buildings and improvements in the area
    • Encourage investments that will enhance physical, social and environmental connections
    • Promote flood management and enhance the riparian areas of local rivers and streams

    The Review Process

    Anyone planning construction work in the River District must have their proposal reviewed by City staff; projects deemed Major Works by staff will also be reviewed by the Asheville Area Riverfront Redevelopment Commission. While review is mandatory, compliance is voluntary. There is no fee for review. River District Design Review is outlined in section 7-5-18 of the City of Asheville Code of Ordinances (Unified Development Ordinance)

    Contact Information and Resources

    If you are planning on developing in the River District Design Review Area, call the Development Services Department first, and ask them to help identify what process you will need to follow and how to submit an application for permits. 828-259-5846

    If you know you need to go through the River District Design Review process, call the Riverfront Office at 828-232-4502 to schedule an appointment.

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

    General Information

    Chairman: Carleton Collins
      Staff Liaison: Stephanie Monson, Riverfront Redevelopment Office Director
    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

    Meeting Date    Minutes
     January 14, 2016   Minutes
    February 11, 2016   Minutes 
    March 10, 2016
    April 14, 2016
    May 12, 2016
    June 9, 2016   Minutes
    July - no meeting    
    August 11, 2016   Minutes
    September 8, 2016   Minutes
    October 13, 2016   Minutes


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