Asheville Area Riverfront Redevelopment Commission

The purpose of The Asheville Area Riverfront Redevelopment Commission (AARRC) is to recommend to the City and County an overall policy for the continued development and sustainability of the regional riverfront. The Commission provides recommendations to the City and County for effective management of the public resources for the districts, and actively pursues and assists private sector investments in the districts. The Asheville Area Redevelopment Commission assists through cooperative measures to evaluate and represent the recommendations of other organizations, including, but not limited to property owners, merchants, residents, businesses, tenants, non-profits, institutions, as well as other members of the riverfront and regional riverfront district communities.

The AARRC also performs River District Design Review.

 Meeting Schedule

New! The AARRC will hold a virtual meeting  at 4 PM on Wednesday November 18 , 2020. 

  • The Agenda for the meeting is here. 
  • Links to meeting materials are in the agenda.

Pursuant to North Carolina General Statute § 166A-19.24(f) this will be a remote meeting which the public can participate or access by any of the following means:

All City of Asheville public meetings are live streamed and saved for later  viewing at your convenience on the City’s YouTube channel. Visit this site 

AARRC Meetings General Information During COVID-19

The Asheville Area Riverfront Redevelopment Commission will hold virtual meetings when items needing to be voted on are placed on the agenda. Information about how the public can participate and view the meeting will be posted to this page in advance of the meeting.

AARRC Members

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.


Member contact: Darren Green, Chairman

For current openings and application visit: Asheville Boards and Commission page

River District Design Review and Resource Documents

AARRC performs River District Design Review with help from the Design Review Committee and staff.

Developers and public with questions should  contact Sasha Vrtunski for more information.

River District 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.

Anyone planning construction work in the River District must have their proposal reviewed by Planning and 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.


Parcels Requiring Design Review

River District Design Review Guidelines 

River District Tree and Shrub Guidelines-


Contact the City of Asheville’s Planning & Urban Design Department staff prior to making an application to discuss the proposed plans and determine what information is required for submission at 828-259-5846. You must submit materials in advance of your meeting. Contact Sasha Vrtunski for more information

Adopted ordinance and by laws

Adopted Resolution and City Ordinance By Laws


AARRC Annual reports

Annual Report 2019

Annual Report 2018

Annual Report 2017

Annual Report 2016

Annual Report 2015

Annual Report 2014

 Annual Report 2013

Annual Report 2012


AARRC Contact Information

Staff Liaison: Stephanie Monson Dahl, Strategic Design and Development for Planning and Urban Design  828-337-4111