Asheville Downtown Commission

The Asheville Downtown Commission was created by City Council for the sustainability and continued development of downtown, a vital urban center of western North Carolina’s economic, cultural and visitor activity.

In addition to providing City Council with recommendations on Downtown policies and initiatives, the Downtown Commission carries out Downtown Design Review on major development projects within the Central Business District.


Regular Scheduled Meetings


The Downtown Commission meets on the second Friday of each month at 8:30 a.m. in the First Floor North Conference Room in City Hall, Asheville, N.C. The typical length of the meeting is 1-2 hours.


Special Notice: 

All Commission and Committee meetings are cancelled until further notice. 


Inclement Weather Policy

In the case of inclement weather, it is City policy to cancel all board and commission meetings if Asheville City Schools are cancelled. In the case of a delayed opening, the Downtown Commission meeting that day would also be cancelled. If a meeting is cancelled, a specific notice will be posted above.


Committee Meetings


Please call Sasha Vrtunski in the Planning & Urban Design Department at 828-259-5560 with specific questions (such as deadlines) regarding the Downtown Design Review process.

The Design Review Committee meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 11 a.m. in the large conference room on the 5th Floor of City Hall (70 Court Plaza).


Local Living Economy Working Group

This Committee of the Downtown Commission is chaired by Franzi Charen and meets on the third Thursday of each month at 1:30 p.m. at 29 Haywood Street. Please check for any schedule changes under “special notice” above.

A general monthly agenda is here.


Parking & Transportation Committee

This Committee of the Downtown Commission is chaired by Sage Turner (, and meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 11 a.m. in the large conference room on the 5th floor of City Hall (70 Court Plaza). Please check for any schedule changes under “special notice” above.

Agendas and meeting notes are are available here.


Downtown Public Space Management Committee

Downtown Public Space Management is the focus of the first section of Updates to the Downtown Master Plan. More information about the Downtown Master Plan Updates is here. An ad-hoc Public Space Management Committee generally meets on the first Thursday of each month at 2 p.m. in the large conference room on the 5th floor of City Hall (70 Court Plaza).  Following a workshop with the committee on October 24, staff is in the process of drafting guidelines. The committee will reconvene in early spring of 2020 to review and provide feedback on the draft guidelines. The Committee is chaired by Andrew Fletcher.


Meetings Agendas and Documents

Agenda Documents
2020/03/13 2020/03/13 Agenda 2020/03/13 Documents
2020/02/14 2020/02/14 Agenda 2020/02/14 Documents
2020/01/10 2020/01/10 Agenda 2020/01/10 Documents
2019/11/08 2019/11/08 Agenda 2019/11/08 Documents
2019/09/13 2019/09/13 Agenda 2019/09/13 Documents
2019/08/09 2019/08/09 Agenda 2019/08/09 Documents
2019/07/12 2019/07/12 Agenda 2019/07/12 Documents
2019/06/14 2019/06/14 Agenda 2019/06/14 Documents
2019/05/23 2019/05/23 Special Mtg. Agenda 2019/05/23 Documents
2019/05/10 2019/05/10 Agenda 2019/05/10 Documents
2019/04/12 2019/04/12 Agenda 2019/04/12 Documents
2019/03/08 2019/03/08 Agenda 2019/03/8 Documents
2019/02/08 2019/02/08Agenda 2019/02/8 Documents
2019/01/11 2019/01/11 Agenda 2019/01/11 Documents
2018/12/14 2018/12/14 Agenda 2018/12/14 Documents
2018/11/09 2018/11/09 Agenda 2018/11/09 Documents
2018/10/12 2018/10/12 Agenda 2018/10/12 Documents
2018/09/14 2018/09/14 Agenda 2018/09/14 Documents
2018/08/10 2018/08/10 Agenda 2018/08/10 Documents
2018/07/13 2018/07/13 Agenda 2019/07/13 Documents
2018/06/08 2018/06/8 Agenda 2018/06/08 Documents
2018/05/11 2018/05/11 Agenda 2018/05/11 Documents
2018/04/13 2018/04/13 Agenda 2018/04/13 Documents
2018/03/09 2018/03/9 Agenda 2018/03/09 Documents
2018/02/09 2018/02/9 Agenda 2018/02/09 Documents
2018/01/12 2018/01/12 Agenda 2018/01/12 Documents
2018/01/04 2018/01/04 Special Mtg. Agenda 2018/01/04 Documents
2017/09/08 2017/9/8 Agenda 2017/09/08 Documents
2017/12/15 2017/12/15 Agenda 2017/12/15 Documents
2017/11/10 2017/11/10 Agenda 2017/11/10 Documents
2017/10/20 2017/10/20 Agenda 2017/10/20 Documents
2017/08/08 2017/08/08 Agenda 2017/08/08 Documents
2017/07/14 2017/07/14 Agenda 2017/07/14 Documents


Membership and Resource Documents

Member contact: Sage Turner  (Chair)


Contact Information


Dana Frankel, Downtown Specialist
Office: 828-251-4051
Cell: 828-273-5248