Design Review Committee

The Design Review Committee was created to perform design review for all major works in the River District Design Review area, the Central Business District, and hotels outside of those areas.

City Council will appoint four members from the Downtown Commission and four members from the Asheville Area Redevelopment Commission (AARRC). There is also a ninth at-large member that is selected by the eight (8) appointed members; this opening is for a member of the public to fulfill that (at-large) seat. Council appointed 7 of the 8 seats on May 11, 2021. 

A full description of the Committee can be found here.

Map of Design Review Areas (note that Local Historic Districts are under the purview of the Historic Resources)

Additional information about meeting schedules and dates will be posted as it is available.

For additional information, please contact Sasha Vrtunski.

Design Review Process

For all Level I, II and III projects in the Central Business District and the River Design Area, and all hotels, review by the Design Review Committee is mandatory.  Please contact Sasha Vrtunski for more information.

Regularly Scheduled Meetings

The Design Review Committee will meet at 12:30 on the third Thursday of each month, beginning in July.

2021 Meeting Schedule

Upcoming Meetings

Notice: The next Design Review Committee meeting will be held in person on August 19, 2021 at 12:30 p.m. at City Hall in the 1st Floor North Conference Room.   Please note that this meeting will not be streamed on YouTube nor by phone. 

  • Meeting attendees will have the opportunity for public comment on projects at the end of the meeting.
  • Pre-recorded voicemail comments by calling 855-925-2801, enter code 9410 (closes at 5:00 p.m. day before the meeting)
  • Pre-submitted written public comments may be emailed to: (closes at 5:00 p.m. day before the meeting)

Agendas and Documents



July 15, 2021 Agenda July 15, 2021 Documents 
June 17, 2021 Agenda June 17, 2021 Documents
June 3, 2021 Agenda June 3, 2021 Documents 
May 20, 2021 Agenda May 20, 2021 Documents

Updated 7/19/2021