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. An organizational meeting will be held in the next few weeks.

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.

Organizational Meeting

An organizational meeting of the Design Review Committee will be held virtually on Thursday, May 20 at 11:00 a.m. 

HOW TO FOLLOW THE LIVE MEETING                       

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

  • Watch the meeting live through the City of Asheville Public Engagement Hub at
  • Watch live on the City’s YouTube Channel at
  • Listen live by calling 855-925-2801, enter code 9410
  • 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)
  • Live comments during the meeting by calling 855-925-2801, enter code 9410, press * and option 3

Agendas and Documents



May 20, 2021 Agenda May 20, 2021 Documents

Updated 5/17/2021