Boards and Commissions


Update: COVID-19

Thank you for staying engaged and getting involved with your local government.  The City is currently in the process of phasing in board and commission meetings. 

To meet the state guidelines for virtual meetings, there will be additional staff behind the scenes to ensure each meeting has the necessary support.  For this reason, meetings with legal functions are being scheduled first. 

All meetings will be hosted virtually and streamed simultaneously on the City’s Public Engagement Hub and YouTube channel. In addition to live-streaming, individuals can call in by phone to listen to each of the meetings live. Community members will be able to  submit written comments or leave a voice message for public comment  for individual board meetings. All comments should be submitted no later than the close of business the day before any meeting. 

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

Current scheduled meetings

Planning & Zoning Commission – Aug. 5

Historic Resources Commission– Aug. 12

Riverfront Redevelopment Commission– Aug.13

Downtown Commission– Aug. 14

Additional Resources

Remote Committee meeting calendar 

Board Member information : What to Expect 

June 4 Press Release: Boards and Commission meetings go virtual in June 

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 Sarah Terwilliger by email or  at 828-259-5839 to be added to the distribution list.


Current Vacancies for Members – see flyer

Unless otherwise stated, the application deadline for these vacancies is Friday, August 7 at 5:00 P.M.  Council will make appointments at the August 25 Council meeting.

AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE COMMISSION- The Commission is to advise the City Council and County Commissioners about the preservation, interpretation, and promotion of African American arts, history and culture.

AIR QUALITY AGENCY BOARD (WNC REGIONAL) – The Western North Carolina Regional Air Quality Agency monitors and regulates Buncombe County’s air quality to safeguard public health and the environment, while preserving the quality of life and economic vitality of the area

AIRPORT AUTHORITY, GREATER ASHEVILLE REGIONAL – The Authority oversees the management and operation of the Asheville Regional Airport

AUDIT COMMITTEE– the committee: 1) Reviews internal audits reports; 2) Reviews with management and the external auditors the results of the financial statements audit; 3) Reports to City Council about committee activities, issues, and related recommendations as needed, but at a minimum, one time a year; and 4) Provides an open avenue of communication between internal audit, the external auditors, and City Council.

BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT – The City of Asheville’s Board of Adjustment has jurisdiction to hear cases regarding variance requests from the provisions of the Unified Development Ordinance. Additionally, the Board of Adjustment has jurisdiction to hear appeals regarding interpretations of the Unified Development Ordinance, Floodplain Ordinance, Housing Code Ordinance and Historic District Guidelines.

BUNCOMBE COUNTY TOURISM DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY – NOTE STATUTORY REQUIREMENT: This appointment is for an individual actively involved in the tourist business and who has participated in tourism promotion but who does not own or operate a hotel, motel or other taxable tourist accommodation.  The purpose of the Authority is to further the development of travel, tourism, and conventions in the county through state, national and international advertising and promotion.The Application deadline for this opening is September 3, 2020.

HISTORIC RESOURCES COMMISSION – Some duties of the Commission include (1) recommend to City Council and County Commissioners “historic districts” and “landmarks”; (2) restoring, preserving and operating historic properties; (3) recommend to City Council and County Commissioners that designation of historic districts to be revoked or removed for cause; Members shall have a demonstrated special interest, experience or education in history, archeology, architecture or related fields.

HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION OF ASHEVILLE Eligible applicants are required to submit a Human Relations Commission Form, in addition to the Boards and Commission application. 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.

MULTIMODAL TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION please indicate multimodal interest and background in the application formThe mission of the Multimodal Transportation Commission (MMTC) is to assist the City in furthering, advancing, and promoting a comprehensive and integrative transportation system that incorporates multimodal concepts, including but not limited to transit, bicycle and pedestrian facilities, greenways, complete streets, and highways.

PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION – The Application deadline for this opening is September 3, 2020. Some duties of the Commission include: (1) review all new text for proposed amendments to the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), and proposals to zone or change the zoning of all property regulated under the UDO and to make recommendations to City Council for final action thereon; (2) perform studies and surveys of the present conditions and probable future development of the City and its environs, including, but not limited to, studies and surveys of land uses, population, traffic, parking, and redevelopment needs; (3) formulate and recommend to City Council the adoption or amendment of a comprehensive plan and other plans, as necessary.

GREENWAY COMMITTEE-  Notice: This vacancy is open until filled.
The Committee functions as an advisory board to the Multimodal Transportation Commission and City staff on implementation of a system of greenways within Asheville.  The Committee’s role is to function as an advisory committee to the City’s greenway program while educating and engaging the public and advocating for funding. The Greenway Committee consists of at least seven members and up to eleven members. All are appointed by the Multimodal Transportation Commission. The term of office is three years.  Notice: For an application form, please visit the Greenway Committee webpage, or contact Lucy Crown.

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, please visit the Transit webpage,  or contact Marcela Moreno 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.

Confirm receipt, after your application is received, you will receive a receipt of application e-mail. If you do not receive that receipt within a day after submittal, please contact Deputy City Clerk Sarah Terwilliger by email or 828-259-5839 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.

Interview

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

 


Board and Commission Meeting Information and Contact list for 2019 – 2020
NOTICE: Advisory Boards and Commission meetings are CANCELLED; to include electronic and meetings by phone until further notice.

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. Megan Gaskell
828-232-4599
African American Heritage Commission This meeting takes place at 11:30 a.m., on the second Thursday of the month at City Hall, in the first floor conference room. Kimberlee Archie
828-232-4517
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. Lew Bleiwis
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. Megan Gaskell
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. Marie Biddix
828-259-5856
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 Terwilliger
828-259-5839
Citizen-Police Advisory Committee
This meeting takes place at 5:00 p.m., on the first Wednesday of the month at Public Works, in room A109 located at 161 South Charlotte Street. Julie Moore
828-259-5813
Civic Center Commission This meeting takes place at 8:00 a.m., on the first Tuesday of the month at The US Cellular Center, in the Banquet Hall located at 87 Haywood Street. Chris Corl
828-259-5452
Civil Service Board This meeting takes place at 2:30 p.m., on the first Thursday of the month at City Hall, in the first floor North Conference Room. Caroline Long
828-251-4041
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
Crime Stoppers This meeting takes place at 9:00 a.m., on the fourth Tuesday of the month at The
Sheriff’s Department located at 60 Court Plaza on floor 4.
Aaron Sarver
828-250-4414
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. Jaime Matthews
828-232-4541
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. Anika Ellis
828-251-4061
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. Nia Davis
828-251-4051
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. Janet GeorgeMurr
828-232-4531
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 This meeting takes place on an as needed basis at the Asheville Police Department located at 100 Court Plaza. Julie Moore
828-259-5813
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. Anika Ellis
828-251-4061
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. Anika Ellis
828-251-4061
Recreation Board This meeting takes place at 12:30 p.m., on the second Monday of every other month beginning in the month of January at City Hall, in the first floor North Conference Room or meetings take place at a Department recreation facility. 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. Marcela Moreno
259-5992
Urban Forestry Commission This meeting takes place at 3:30 p.m., on the third Monday of each month at Public Works, in room A109 located at 161 South Charlotte Street. 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

2020 Meetings & Contact Information(Visit committee page or contact Liaison for updates during COVID-19)

Orientation Handbook

New Member Orientation Presentation – 2019

Rules on Boards & Commissions

FAQ’s for Interested Volunteers

2020 Vacancy List

Annual Reports – 2019

Annual Reports- 2018

 Chair Manual

 


Contact Information

 

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 10/28/2019

 


 

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