Plans & Reports

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    Welcome to the Plans and Reports Page of the City of Asheville Community Development Division.

    Best Practices for Affordable Housing

    The document 'Best Practices for Affordable Housing' summarizes eleven 'best practice' strategies to create and preserve affordable housing, with examples from around the country, including Asheville and Buncombe County. This summary is presented to provide information and opportunity for additional research and analysis. To view the full document, click the button below.  

    Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report

    The Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) describes the activities and accomplishments of the City of Asheville and the Asheville Regional Housing Consortium in their housing and community development programs. It focuses on how the City and the Consortium used federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Partnership Act (HOME) funds, but it also mentions other closely related activities. It is prepared annually at the end of the fiscal year.

    2015 CAPER

    2014 CAPER

    2013 CAPER

    2012 CAPER

    Five Year Consolidated Plan

    Every five years, the Community Development Division prepares a Consolidated Strategic Housing and Community Development Plan for use by the City and the Asheville Regional Housing Consortium, to guide CDBG and HOME grant making. It sets out needs and priorities for housing and community development activities for the next five years, strategies to be pursued, and performance targets to be achieved through Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Partnership Act (HOME) funded activities. The 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan was approved by Asheville City Council on April 28, 2015 and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on July 22,2015.

    For information about the Consolidated Plan contact Jeff Staudinger (828) 259-5723 or

    2015 Housing Needs Assessment and Market Study

    Every five years, the City of Asheville commissions a professional Housing Needs Assessment and Market Study, on behalf of the City and the four-county Asheville Regional Housing Consortium. 

    The 2015 study was performed by Bowen National Research, which concluded that the Asheville region has a significant gap in housing supply across housing types, family size and income. The study will be incorporated into the 2015-2020 Consolidated Strategic Plan for the Use of CDBG and HOME funds, which will be completed and available for public review in April, 2015. Read the whole study, which includes a regional report as well as separate chapters for the City of Asheville and each of the Consortium members counties- Buncombe, Henderson, Madison and Transylvania-  via this link:

    -          2015 Asheville Region Housing Needs Assessment and Market Study

    City of Asheville Comprehensive Affordable Housing Strategy

    In October of 2014, the Asheville City Council endorsed the development of a Comprehensive Affordable Housing Strategy. Developed by staff, the Strategy continues and enhances the work of the City to make a significant impact on the affordable housing needs of its citizens. It includes continued funding for affordable housing development, regulatory changes to allow greater housing density across the City, support for new partnerships to develop affordable housing and investigation into affordable housing strategies that have proven successful elsewhere in the county. It builds on Asheville’s strong performance in affordable housing, which was explored in the Affordable Housing scorecard. Read more about Asheville’s affordable housing performance and strategy here:

    -        October 2014 City Council Affordable Housing Work Session

    -        Council Work Session Presentation

    -        Affordable Housing Scorecard

    Annual Action Plan

    Each year, the City of Asheville submits  its Annual Action Plan to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) It details how the City of Asheville and the Asheville Regional Housing Consortium proposes to spend CDBG and HOME funds during the next program year.

    2015-2016 Annual Action Plan

    2014-2015 Annual Action Plan

    2013-2014 Annual Action Plan

    2012-2013 Annual Action Plan


    Other Plans and Documents 

    2016 Affordable and Workforce Housing Standards

    Annually, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) sets income limits that determine the eligibility of applicants for assisted housing programs. These standards are used to define affordable rents and utilities (no more than 30% of a household’s annual income) within the City of Asheville. Utility allowance maximums are indexed to the Housing Authority of the City of Asheville Voucher Payment Standards.


    Center for Neighborhood Technology Report on Location Efficient Affordable Housing

    In 2011, the Center for Neighborhood Technology, the developer of the Housing + Transportation Index (“H = T Index”) , provided the City of Asheville with an analysis of the relative transportation efficiency of Asheville’s affordable housing, and recommendations on the steps Asheville could take to make affordable housing more  location efficient.

    10-Year Plan to End Homelessness

    The 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness in Asheville and Buncombe County was prepared in January, 2005.  It is a long range, comprehensive plan to help homeless people in the area to return to healthy and sustainable lives in permanent housing.

    Affordable Housing Plan

    The Affordable Housing Plan was created in June 2008 by the City of Asheville’s Affordable Housing Task Force and Pisgah Legal Services. The plan seeks to guide the City of Asheville in its affordable housing related ordinances, policies, plans and actions for the next 20 years. The plan seeks to balance the community values represented by the individual Task force members, while providing recommendations for the creation of housing for people of all income levels

    Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice

    This Analysis serves as the City of Asheville and th4e Asheville Regions working plan to affirmatively further fair housing and to assist in comprehensive fair housing planning.

    Contact Information

    If you are unable to find the information you require, please contact us at (828) 259-5721.

    Heather Dillashaw, Community Development Manager
    Community and Economic Development Department
    Phone: (828) 259-5851

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