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. Jump to Design Review Section below.


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. 

Notice: The Commission will start the meeting at 3 pm, not 4 pm, on Thursday November 14th. This is to accommodate for annual work planning. The meeting is scheduled from 3-5 pm and will take place in the usual location at 27 College Place.

The Asheville Area Riverfront Redevelopment Commission Networking Subcommittee meets at 4:00 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at The Wedge at Foundation Studios.
Notice: none

The Asheville Area Riverfront Redevelopment Commission 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. Contact Sasha Vrtunski for more information



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: Carleton Collins (Chairman)


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


Meetings Agendas and Documents

Agenda Documents
2019/11/14 11/14/2019 Agenda November 2019 Mtg Documents

River District Design Review and Resource Documents


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 & 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.

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


Annual reports

Annual Report 2018

Annual Report 2017

Annual Report 2016

Annual Report 2015

Annual Report 2014

 Annual Report 2013

Annual Report 2012


Contact Information


Staff Liaison: Stephanie Monson Dahl


Strategic Development Office at 828-337-4111