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.

3 members of the AARRC also participate in the Design Review Committee (see River District Design Review, below).


 Meeting Schedule

A special in-person work session of the Asheville Area Riverfront Redevelopment Commission meeting is scheduled for Thursday May 12, 2022  at 4:00 p.m.

The session will focus on presentations by experts that will outline the economic impact of the French Broad Watershed,  explain what the potential identification of the French Broad River and other tributaries as 303(d) Listed Impaired Streams means to the region, and identify initiatives and funding that may be needed  in order to address the impairment.

The work session location is: the Cloud Meeting Room at Wedge Foundation – 5 Foundy Street (suite 10) in the River Arts District 

AGENDA HERE 

  • You may provide public comment in advance of the meeting by emailing
    sdahl@ashevillenc.gov and including “public comment” in the subject line 
  • The meeting will not be live streamed but may be recorded. The recording would be posted on the City’s YouTube page in the future. 

AARRC Membership

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


UPDATED – River District Design Review and  Resource Documents

The former Riverfront Planning and Design Review Committee became part of the new City of Asheville’s Design Review Committee last year. The Asheville City Council adopted Ordinance No. 4855 on February 23rd, 2021.  This ordinance amended the city’s Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) related to hotel regulation and development review processes, and included the establishment of a new Design Review Committee (DRC) for all projects in designated design review areas (River, Downtown & Hotel Overlay).  
 
Development teams can still work with Planning staff to receive preliminary feedback on projects. Contact Will Palmquist at wpalmquist@ashevillenc.gov 

WHAT IS RIVER DISTRICT DESIGN REVIEW?

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 and enhance the character of the area, to protect existing and create new unique sites and structures, 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 for alignment with River District Design Guidelines and the broader themes of the Wilma Dykeman RiverWay Master Plan. While review is mandatory, compliance with feedback and suggestions is voluntary.

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 Will Palmquist for more information

AARRC Annual reports

Annual Report 2021

Annual Report 2020

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 Urban Design and Place Strategies Manager for the City of Asheville’s Planning and Urban Design Department  828-337-4111