ASHEVILLE AREA RIVERFRONT REDEVELOPMENT COMMISSION
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)
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