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 becomes 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.

Checklists Plans
Checklist for River Design Review
Downtown Design Review Submittal Checklist
Downtown Master Plan
Downtown Master Plan Appendices
Wilma Dykeman Riverway Master Plan
Guidelines & Codes Maps
Downtown Design Review Guidelines
River District Design Review Guidelines
Tree & Shrub List for River District
Design Guidelines for Hotels outside the Downtown and River Areas
Map of parcels in the River Design Review Area
Map of Design Review areas and Hotel Overlay


Regularly Scheduled Meetings

The Design Review Committee holds monthly meetings at 12:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month.

2022 Meeting Schedule

Upcoming Meetings

Notice: The next Design Review Committee meeting will be held virtually on February 17, 2022 at 12:30 p.m. The public can access this remote meeting by any of the following means:

  • Watch live through the Engagement Hub at
  • Watch live on the City’s YouTube channel at
  • Listen live by calling 855-925-2801, then entering code 9410
  • Submit a voicemail comment – call 855-925-2801, then enter code 9410 (closes at 5:00 p.m. day before the meeting)
  • Submit a written comment – email (closes at 5:00 p.m. day before the meeting)
  • Live comments during meeting – call 855-925-2801, then enter code 9410 and press *

Note: Voicemail and written comments submitted before 5:00 p.m. the day before the meeting will be provided to committee members prior to the meeting. Only live comments will be heard during the meeting.


Agendas and Documents



Action Minutes


January 20, 2022 Agenda  January 20, 2022 Documents January 20, 2022 Action Minutes January 20, 2022 Video
December 16, 2021 Agenda December 16, 2021 Documents  December 16, 2021 Action Minutes December 16, 2021 Video
November 18, 2021 Agenda November 18, 2021 Documents November 18, 2021 Action Minutes November 18, 2021 Video
October 21, 2021 Agenda October 21, 2021 Documents  October 21, 2021 Action Minutes October 21, 2021 Video
September 16, 2021 Agenda September 16, 2021 Documents September 16, 2021 Action Minutes September 16, 2021 Video
August 19, 2021 Agenda August 19, 2021 Documents  August 19, 2021 Action Minutes August 19, 2021 Video
July 15, 2021 Agenda July 15, 2021 Documents  July 15, 2021 Action Minutes July 15, 2021 Video
June 17, 2021 Agenda June 17, 2021 Documents June 17, 2021 Minutes June 17, 2021 Video
June 3, 2021 Agenda June 3, 2021 Documents  June 3, 2021 Minutes June 3, 2021 Video
May 20, 2021 Agenda May 20, 2021 Documents May 20, 2021 Minutes May 20, 2021 Video


Updated 1/26/2022