Boards and Commissions


Update: COVID-19

Thank you for staying engaged and getting involved with your local government. Beginning in August – all Committees will resume in-person meetings.

In anticipation of the lifting of the Governor’s State of Emergency (SOE) due to Covid-19, the City of Asheville is preparing to return to in-person board and commission meetings. The City acted swiftly last year to find ways to continue serving the community by going to remote meetings, as was authorized under the SOE. Without the SOE, the City will no longer have the authority to conduct remote only meetings.

In July, the City began phasing in the return to in-person meetings with the quasi-judicial boards of  Planning & Zoning Commission, Historic Resources Commission, and Board of Adjustment meeting in-person. All other boards and commissions, including Council Committee meetings, will resume in-person meetings in August. Persons wishing to speak live at the meetings will be required to attend in person.  To accommodate those who do not yet feel secure attending in person, or those who are precluded from attending because of schedules or other personal factors, the boards and commissions will continue to accept remote comments via email or voicemail as long as they are received by 5:00 p.m. the day prior to the meeting. 

Please visit the committee webpage, or the Public Engagement Hub for detailed meeting information, including how to leave a public comment for the individual meetings.

Additional Resources

Regular Committee Meeting Schedulesupdated June 2021

City Engagement Hub: Online home for Committee meetings and public participation


The City of Asheville has various openings on various committees.

Have you ever wanted to make a difference? Have you wondered, “Can the City benefit from my experience and knowledge?” Do you want to have a voice in the City’s growth and future? Do you want to be a part of the body that is responsible for making decisions regarding policy, service and education? If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, then it’s time to take that initial step forward and put your perspective, leadership and knowledge to task by serving on one of the many committees we have to offer.  Please note that appointees to boards and commissions shall be residents of the City of Asheville, unless otherwise specified or provided for by law or Council action.

Through a variety of boards and commissions established by Asheville City Council, citizens can provide input on the policies that shape their government and their city. There are currently more than 30 boards and commissions that advise the Mayor and City Council on a array of issues.

Board members and commissioners generally serve as unpaid volunteers, but the rewards can be gratifying: members meet other residents with similar interests, they learn about the city, and they help shape the future of Asheville. Being on a board or commission does require a significant personal commitment, however, so applicants should consider their ability to commit their time and personal energy before applying.

 

Want to be notified when new vacancies are announced?
Contact boards@ashevillenc.gov to be added to the distribution list.


Advertised Vacancies for Members – AUGUST vacancy flyer
Unless otherwise stated, the application deadline for these vacancies is August 9 at 5:00 P.M. City Council is scheduled to make appointments at the August 24 Council Meeting

 

AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE COMMISSION – The Commission shall have the following powers and duties: (1) Develop rules for the conduct of its business, including but not limited to meeting schedules, election of officers, voting, subcommittees, et al.; (2) Develop a plan to identify, create, encourage, promote and implement projects that will recognize, increase and expand the awareness of the contributions of African-Americans throughout the City-County area; and (3) Create plans to identify and recognize sites in the community that are significant to African-American history; encourage and promote economic activity related to the African American community; and propose other projects that are consistent with the goals of the Commission.

BOARD OF ELECTRICAL EXAMINERS – There is one opening for a journeyman electrician. The Board of Electrical Examiners consists of five members all appointed by City Council. The board examines applicants for licenses and for the transaction of other related business. 

BUNCOMBE COUNTY TOURIST DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY – There are three vacancies. Two are for an owner or operator of a hotel, motel, bed and breakfast, or vacation rental management company with 101 rental units or more. One is for an owner or operator of a hotel, motel, bed and breakfast, or vacation rental management company with 100 rental units or less. The Buncombe County Tourism Development Authority is the public authority created in 1983 by an act of the North Carolina Legislature to oversee the collection and investment of occupancy taxes paid by travelers who stay overnight in commercial lodging establishments, such as hotels and motels, bed and breakfast operations, and vacation rentals. The members of the Buncombe County TDA Board have a fiduciary responsibility to ensure that the tax dollars are spent in accordance with the specific legislation governing their use. NOTE: Council will likely conduct interviews for these appointments, therefore appointments may be made later than August 24.

HISTORIC RESOURCES COMMISSION – The Historic Resources Commission (HRC) is charged with preserving and protecting the cultural and architectural character of Asheville and Buncombe County. In addition to reviewing proposed projects affecting locally designated historic properties, the HRC is responsible for recommending local district and landmark designation to the City Council. The HRC also functions as an educational resource within the community, and strives to foster Asheville’s unique sense of place through its preservation efforts. Members must have demonstrated special interest, experience or education in history, architecture, archaeology, architectural history, historic preservation, landscape architecture or related field.

HOUSING AUTHORITY – The Commissioners are the policy-makers and governing body of the Housing Authority. They review and approve all budgets for the Department of Housing and Urban Development, approve plans and specifications, award contracts and appoint the Executive Director. 

HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION OF ASHEVILLE – Duties of the commission include, but are not limited to: (1) Make policy recommendations to the City Council which promote and improve human relations and advance equity in the City; (2) Support the City’s Office of Equity and Inclusion; (3) Provide a forum where residents can raise issues and complaints relating to human relations in the City; (4) Engage the community regarding the utilization of City-funded programs and policies for the promotion of human relations; and (5) Promote and improve human relations and advance equity in the following areas: public safety; educational, art and cultural opportunities; economic development; health and human services; and housing. Candidates must submit a Human Relations Commission Form, in addition to the Boards and Commissions application. 

MULTIMODAL TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION – There are four current openings; two are to represent transit interests and two are to represent greenways interests. Please indicate specific interests on application. Please note that Commission members assigned to represent transit or greenway interests may also be required to attend sub-committee meetings in addition to Commission meetings. Members shall possess expertise and interest in the sustainability and development of multimodal transportation and demonstrate willingness to participate actively. Duties of the commission include, but are not limited to: (1) recommend policies for the development/ integration of multimodal transportation planning and education to the City; (2) assist with the development of a multimodal transportation system; (3) assist the City with the implementation of best management practices for educating the public on the benefits of multimodal transportation; (4) assist in the sustainability, development and implementation of the multimodal transportation plan; and (5) assist in the prioritization of the Capital Improvement Plan as it relates to multimodal transportation projects.

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TRANSIT COMMITTEE- Notice: This vacancy is open until filled.  The Committee functions as an advisory board to the Multimodal Transportation Commission and to the City staff on matters affecting the transit system and its operation.  The Transit Committees consists of at least seven members and up to eleven members. All Transit Committee members are appointed by the Multimodal Transportation Commission. The terms of office are three years.  Notice: For an application form, click HERE,  or contact Eunice Lovi for more information.


Application Process

Determine which board or commission interests you. Board and commission meetings are open to the public, so potential applicants are encouraged to sit in on monthly meetings. Meeting dates, times and locations vary, and are available on individual web pages.

Qualifications

Qualifications for appointees to boards and commissions shall be residents of the City of Asheville, unless otherwise specified or provided for by law or Council action.

Application

Complete an application by filling out the board or commission application form. Notice: there is an additional human relations application form if you are interested in serving on the Human Relations Commission. Both forms must be completed to be considered for the Human Relations Commission.

After your application is received, you will receive a receipt of application e-mail from the City Clerk’s Office. If you do not receive that receipt within a day after submittal, please contact boards@ashevillenc.gov to make sure that your application has reached the City Clerk’s Office.

Notice: Wait for a vacancy if one is not currently open. Once an application is received, the city will place your name on the resource list for the particular board. Applications are held on file for consideration for one year. If you are not appointed within a year, you would need to resubmit an application for further consideration.

Interview

When vacancies occur, the City Council will review the resource list and may schedule interviews. You will be contacted directly if it is necessary for you to interview for an appointment.

 


NOTICE: Committee meetings are being held as-needed. Please visit Committee page for next meeting details. 

Board and Commission Meeting Information

Board and Commission

Meeting Information

Contact

Affordable Housing Advisory Committee This meeting takes place at 9:30 a.m., on the first Thursday of the month at City Hall, in conference room 623 located on floor 6. Christina Harris
828-232-4599
African American Heritage Commission This meeting takes place at 11:30 a.m., on the second Thursday of the month.

Richard White: 828-259-5602

Airport Authority This meeting takes place at 8:30 a.m., on the second Friday of the month at Asheville Airport Offices, in the conference room. Ellen Heywood
828-684-2226
Air Quality Agency Visit WNC Air Quality website. wncair@buncombecounty.org
Alcoholic Beverage Control Board This meeting takes place at 8:30 a.m., on the last Tuesday of the month at ABC Administrative Office located at 24 Old Brevard Rd. Mark Combs
markc@ashevilleabc.com
Asheville City Board of Education This meeting takes place at 6:30 p.m., on the first Monday of the month at Asheville City Schools Administrative Office located at 85 Mountain Street. There is a work session meeting that takes place one week prior to regular scheduled meeting at 4:00 p.m., and is rotated in location between schools. Kimberly Jones
kimberly.jones@acsgmail.net
Asheville City Council Formal Meetings This meeting takes place at 5:00 p.m., on the second and fourth Tuesday of the month at City Hall, in the Council Chamber located on floor 2. Maggie Burleson
828-259-5601
Asheville Regional Housing Consortium This meeting takes place on an as needed basis. Christina Harris
828-232-4599
Audit Committee
This meeting takes place at 3:00 p.m., on a quarterly schedule throughout the year, on the third Thursday at City Hall, in the first fourth floor conference room. Patricia Rosenberg
828-259-5586
Board of Adjustment 
This meeting takes place at 2:00 p.m., on the fourth Monday of the month at City Hall, in the first floor North Conference Room. Ricky Hurley
Board of Electrical Examiners This meeting takes place at 9:00 a.m., on the first Tuesday of the month for January, April, July, and October at Public Works Room A109 located at 161 South Charlotte Street. Jim Hayes
828-778-0772
Board and Commissions Committee 
(City Council Committee)
This meeting takes place at 4:15 p.m., on the second Tuesday of the month at City Hall, in the first floor North Conference Room.. Sarah Gross
828-259-5839
Citizen-Police Advisory Committee
Meets as-needed Lindsay Regner
828-259-5813
Civic Center Commission This meeting takes place at 8:00 a.m., on the first Tuesday of the month in the Banquet Hall at Harrah’s Cherokee Center – Asheville located at 87 Haywood Street. Chris Corl
ccorl@ashevillenc.gov
Civil Service Board Meets as-needed. Shannon Barrett
Community Action Opportunities This meeting takes place at 12:00 p.m., on the fourth Tuesday of the month for
February, April, June, August, October, and December at Community Action Opportunity located at 25 Gaston Street.
Vicki Heidinger
828-252-2495
Design Review Committee This meeting takes place at 12:30 p.m. the third Thursday of the month at City Hall, in the first floor North Conference Room.  Sasha Vrtunski
svrtunski@ashevillenc.gov
Downtown Commission This meeting takes place at 8:30 a.m., on the second Friday of the month at City Hall, in the first floor North Conference Room. Dana Frankel
828-251-4051
Economic Development Coalition of Asheville and Buncombe County This meeting takes place at 7:45 a.m., on the last Friday of every month at the
Chamber of Commerce,in the Board Room located at 36 Montford Avenue.
Desiree Monstrola
828-258-6118
Finance and Human Resources Committee 
(City Council Committee)
This meeting takes place at 1:30 p.m., on the fourth Tuesday of the month at City Hall, in the first floor North Conference Room. Beth Bechel
828-259-5598
Firemen’s Local Relief Fund This meeting takes place at 9:00 a.m., of the month of February and September for meetings at the Wells Fargo Bank Building. David Anders
828-255-8650
French Broad River Metropolitan Planning Organization This meeting takes place at 1:00 p.m., on the fourth Thursday of each month, except there are no meetings in July or December at 339 New Leicester Highway. Tristan Winkler
828-251-6622 x1139
Governance Committee
(City Council Committee)
This meeting takes place at 3:00 p.m., on the second Tuesday of the month at City Hall, in the first floor North Conference Room. Jenna Miller
Historic Resources Commission This meeting takes place at 4:00 p.m.,  on the Second Wednesday of the month at City Hall, first floor North Conference Room. Alex Cole
828-259-5638
Homeless Initiative Advisory Committee This meeting takes place at 12:00 p.m., on the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Housing Authority,  in the Board Room located at 165 South French Broad Avenue. Brian Huskey
828-251-4048
Housing Authority This meeting schedule is linked. Click for 2020 Meeting Schedule. Teresa Jenkins
828-239-3510
Housing and Community Development
(City Council Committee)
This meeting takes place at 10:00 a.m., on the third Tuesday of the month at City Hall, in the first floor North Conference Room. Jenna Miller
Human Relations Commission of Asheville This meeting takes place at 5:30 p.m., on the  third Thursday of the month at City Hall, in the first floor Conference Room located at 70 Court Plaza.

Richard White

828-259-5602

Land-of-Sky Regional Council Board This meeting takes place at 1:00 p.m., on the fourth Wednesday of the month, except there are no meetings in July or Nov at 339 New Leicester Highway  located in suite 140. Zia Rifkin
828-251-6622
Metropolitan Sewerage District Board This meeting takes place at 2:00 p.m., on the third Wednesday of the month at Metropolitan Sewerage District  Offices located at 2028 Riverside Drive, Asheville. Pam Nolan
828-225-8268
Multimodal Transportation Commission This meeting takes place at 3:00 p.m., on the fourth Wednesday of the month at City Hall, in the first floor North Conference Room.

Amy Tesner

828-259-5402

Neighborhood Advisory Committee This meeting takes place at 6:30 p.m., on the fourth Monday of the month at City Hall, in the first floor North Conference Room. Brenda Mills
828-259-5506
Noise Ordinance Appeals Board Meets as-needed.  Ben Woody
Planning and Economic Development
(City Council Committee)
This meeting takes place at 4:00 p.m., on the second Monday of the month at City Hall, in the first floor North Conference Room. Jenna Miller
Planning and Zoning Commission This meeting takes place at 5:00 p.m., on the first Wednesday of the month at City Hall, in the first floor North Conference Room. Marie Biddix
828-259-5856
Public Art and Cultural Commission  This meeting takes place at 5:00 p.m., on the fourth Thursday of every other month beginning in the month of January at the Asheville Area Arts Council, located at 409 Executive Park. Stephanie Monson
828-232-4502
Public Safety Committee
(City Council Committee)
This meeting takes place at 3:30 p.m., on the fourth Tuesday of the month at City Hall, in the first floor North Conference Room. Jenna Miller
Recreation Board Meets as-needed. Debbie Ivester
828-259-5800
Riverfront Redevelopment Commission This meeting takes place at 4:00 p.m., on the second Thursday of every other month at Explore Asheville Offices  located at  27 College Place. Stephanie Monson
828-232-4502
Soil Erosion/Stormwater Review Committee This meeting takes place on an as needed basis. Amy Deyton
828-259-5966
Sustainability Advisory Committee on Energy and the Environment This meeting takes place at 3:30 p.m., on the third Wednesday of the month at City Hall, Municipal Building, located at 100 Court Plaza on floor 4. Amber Weaver
828-271-6141
(Buncombe County) Tourism Development Authority This meeting schedule in linked. Click for 2019-2020 Meeting Schedule. Jonna Sampson
828-258-6111
Transit Committee This meeting takes place at 3:30 p.m., on the third Tuesday of each month at City Hall, in the first floor North Conference Room. Eunice Lovi
828-232-4522
Urban Forestry Commission This meeting takes place at 1 p.m. on the first Tuesday of of each month.

Nancy Watford

828-259-5404

WNC Regional Air Quality Agency Board Visit WNC Air Quality website. Visit WNC Air Quality website.
     

 


Resource Pages

 

Talent Scout

2021-22 Meeting & Contact Information_v3Updated June 2021

Meeting Rules of Decorum: Public Comment

Ethics Policy for Advisory BoardsAdopted June 2021

Orientation Handbook

New Member Orientation Video 2021

Rules on Boards & Commissions

FAQ’s for Interested Volunteers

2020 Vacancy List

Annual Reports- 2020

Annual Reports – 2019

Annual Reports- 2018

 Chair Manual

 


Contact Information

General questions: boards@ashevillenc.gov 

If members of the public are interested in being on an e-mail list to receive information of activities of particular boards on a particular board, they will need to contact the individual staff contact.

 


Updated 06/07/2021

 


 

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