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City of Asheville staff to present updated hotel development ordinance to the Planning and Zoning Commission in December

    Following two City Council work sessions, the City of Asheville Department of Planning and Urban Design has further analyzed the proposed hotel development regulations and will be holding a public hearing to present the revised regulations at 5 p.m. Dec. 2 the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting.    At the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting, City staff [...]

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Haywood Streetscape Project complete in time for the holidays

  The City of Asheville is happy to announce the completion of the Haywood Streetscape and Infrastructure Improvement project, which features expanded public sidewalk space and improved pedestrian access and amenities. The project, which took 10 months of construction, included sewer and water line upgrades in the Haywood Street vicinity (including College Street, Walnut Street and Rankin [...]

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City of Asheville would like community input on Race and Gender Policy business handbook

    At their Oct. 27 meeting, Asheville City Council adopted a new race and gender-conscious policy.     Why have this policy Small businesses are the backbone of the Asheville economy. The vast majority of local employers are small private firms, and many are minority-, women-, and veteran-owned. Strengthening opportunities for small and diverse businesses strengthens [...]

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Community Development to hold informational meetings about Block Grant program

  The City of Asheville annually awards Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) as part of a federal grant program through Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that provides funding for a variety of projects and programs that serve low- and moderate-income residents.   The City of Asheville Community Development Division administers these funds and has set informational meetings on [...]

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 Concept plan for Haywood Street and Page Avenue properties headed to Asheville City Council 

 For a narrated video of the Haywood Street and Page Avenue Master Concept Plan, visit this link.     Following a series of community input and engagement activities this spring, the City of Asheville Department of Planning and Urban Design is pleased to release the Haywood Street and Page Avenue Master Concept Plan. The plan [...]

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AVL Shares Space extended to Jan. 3 with winter guidelines

    The City of Asheville will be extending the AVL Shares Space initiatives through Jan. 3, 2021, in order to continue providing businesses and organizations with opportunities to expand outdoors during COVID-19. In addition to the extension, new guidelines are being provided to participants that address winter-related accommodations and safety requirements.    The goals [...]

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First step budget recommendations for Reimagining Public Safety in Asheville will be presented during Sept. 22 City Council meeting

Information from the consultant’s report about the Asheville community listening sessions and from the City’s online questionnaire were used to inform this first round of budget recommendations to be made at the Sept. 22 City Council meeting.   These recommendations are only the beginning of the effort to re-imagine the delivery of public safety [...]

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City of Asheville Council to consider extending hotel moratorium 

  In September 2019, the Asheville City Council approved a temporary moratorium on the approval of new hotels, which meant that no hotel development applications would  be approved for a year. Since then, staff and consultants have worked diligently to understand the  issues surrounding hotel development and assess the impacts. In late [...]

City of Asheville Capital Projects Department launches two surveys on upcoming sidewalk improvements

Beginning Sept. 1, the City of Asheville is looking to engage residents on two sidewalk improvement projects. While the survey does not ask for preferences on the design, the comments collected will help staff understand nearby residents’ needs and concerns.    The sidewalk improvements will take place in east and west Asheville. The Capital Projects Department proposes [...]