Asheville Area Riverfront Redevelopment Commission

The Asheville Area Riverfront Redevelopment Commission consists of fourteen members.

  •  two members appointed by the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners, with one being a County Commissioner.
  • five members appointed by City Council, with one being a City Council member.
  • two members appointed by the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce.
  • two members appointed by RiverLink.
  • two members appointed by the Council of Independent Business Owners.
  • and one 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 one 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.
  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.


Regular Meeting Schedule


The Commission meets at 4:00 p.m. on the  second Thursday of each month in the Explore Asheville boardroom at 27 College Place.

The Asheville Area Riverfront Redevelopment Commission (AARRC)  Networking Subcommittee meets at 4:00 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at The Wedge at Foundation StudiosNotice: This meeting is cancelled in April.

The Asheville Area Riverfront Redevelopment Commission (AARRC) Design Review Subcommittee meets in City Hall at 4:00 p.m. the following dates in 2019:

  • January 31
  • February 28
  • March 28
  • April 25
  • May 30
  • June 27
  • July 25
  • August 29
  • September 26
  • October 24
  • November 21
  • December 19

You must submit materials in advance of your meeting.

Notice: No notices at this time. 


River District Design Review


Design review includes architectural review of all construction work requiring building, sign, demolition, zoning permits, and variance requests within the River District.

The purpose of design review is to preserve the character of the area, protect and enhance unique sites and structure, and to encourage investments that will increase pedestrian connections and density while promoting and managing the riparian areas of local rivers.


The Review Process


Anyone planning construction work in the River District must have their proposal reviewed by Planning & Development Department staff, and by the AARRC Design Review Subcommittee if the project is a Major Works. While review is mandatory, compliance is voluntary. There is no fee for review.

Renovation, rehabilitation, and construction that promotes visual harmony, enhances the historical integrity of the area, and recognizes environmental constraints is encouraged by the review process.


River District Design Review Documents


1989 Greenway Open Space Policy

Minimum Requirements for River District Design Review

Parcels Requiring Design Review

Riverside Drive Development Guidelines – (updated 2013)

River District Tree and Shrub Guidelines

Contact the City of Asheville’s Planning & Development Department staff prior to making an application to discuss the proposed plans and determine what information is required for submission at 828-259-5846.

For more information on City of Asheville Riverfront Redevelopment efforts, visit this page.


Contact Information


Chairman: Carleton Collins 

Staff Liaison: Sara Henry


Strategic Development Office at 828-232-4583


AARRC Adopted Ordinance and By Laws


Adopted Resolution and City Ordinance By Laws


AARRC Annual Reports


Annual Report 2017

Annual Report 2016

Annual Report 2015

Annual Report 2014

 Annual Report 2013

Annual Report 2012