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.

The Downtown Commission provides City Council with recommendations on Downtown policies and initiatives. In addition, Downtown Commissioners fill 4 out of 9 seats of the City’s Design Review Committee, which reviews development projects within the Central Business District, the River Arts District and hotel projects outside of those areas. The Downtown Commission also has the opportunity to provide input on projects outside of the scope of Design Review. 

More information about the Downtown Commission’s role and duties is available here.

More information about the Design Review Committee is available here

 


Meeting Notice

The Downtown Commission will not meet in July. The next meeting will be held on Friday, August 13 at 9:30 a.m. 

Written public comments may be submitted to AVLdowntowncommission@publicinput.com or left by voicemail by calling 855-925-2801, code 9272.

 

Regular Scheduled Meetings

The Downtown Commission meets virtually on the second Friday of every other month (each month if there is critical business with critical business) at 9:30 a.m. The typical length of each meeting is 1-2 hours.

 

Previous Meeting Recordings

Friday, June 11 – Downtown Commission meeting – video link
Friday, May 14 – Downtown Commission meeting – video link
Thursday, April 15, 2021 – Parking & Transportation Working Group – video link
Friday, March 12, 2021 – Downtown Commission meeting – video link
Friday, February 26, 2021 – Downtown Commission work session – video link
Friday, February 12, 2021 – Downtown Commission meeting – video link
Friday, February 5, 2021 – Design Review Committee meeting – video link
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 – Design Review Committee meeting – video link
Monday, December 7 – Design Review Committee meeting – video link
Friday, November 13 – Downtown Commission meeting – video link
Friday, October 9 – Downtown Commission meeting – video link 
Friday, September 11 – Downtown Commission meeting – video link
Friday, August 14 – Downtown Commission meeting – video link
Friday, July 10 – Downtown Commission meeting – video link
Thursday, July 23 – Joint Riverfront and Downtown Design Review Committee meeting – video link
Tuesday, June 16 – Design Review Committee – Revisions for Coxe/Asheland Mixed-Use Development – video link

 


Committee Meetings

 

Design Review Committee 

Information about the Design Review Committee can be found at ashevillenc.gov/drc. Please contact Sasha Vrtunski in the Planning & Urban Design Department at svrtunski@ashevillenc.gov with specific questions about the downtown design review process.

 

Local Living Economy Working Group

This Working Group of the Downtown Commission is chaired by Franzi Charen and generally meets virtually on the third Thursday of each month at 1:30 p.m.

A typical monthly agenda is here.

 

Parking & Transportation Working Group

This Working Group of the Downtown Commission is currently led by Karen Ramshaw (karenramshaw@pubintproj.com). Regular meetings were suspended during COVID-19 and are expected to begin again in late summer 2021. 

Previous 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 was formed in early 2019 to guide the first section of updates (focusing on public engagement and the development of a public space management framework).  Following a workshop with the committee on October 24, 2019, staff began drafting the framework and recommendations. The committee’s work was suspended during COVID, and staff’s focused turned toward the AVL Shares Space temporary outdoor expansion initiatives. The Committee is expected to reconvene in late summer 2021.  The Committee is chaired by Andrew Fletcher

 

 


 

Agendas and Documents

Agenda

Documents

No meeting in July  
June 11, 2021 Agenda June 11, 2021 Documents
May 14, 2021 Agenda May 14, 2021 Documents
No meeting in April  
March 12, 2021 Agenda March 12, 2021 Documents
February 26, 2021 Agenda February 26, 2021 Documents
February 12, 2021 Agenda February 12, 2021 Documents
January 8, 2021 – meeting cancelled   
No meeting in December  
November 13, 2020 Agenda November 13, 2020 Documents 
October 9, 2020 Agenda October 9, 2020 Documents
September 11, 2020 Agenda  September 11, 2020 Documents
August 14, 2020 Agenda August 14, 2020 Documents
July 10, 2020 Agenda July 10, 2020 Documents
No Meetings May or June 2020  
April 2020 April 2020 Update Report
March 13, 2020 Agenda (meeting was canceled) March 13, 2020 Documents
February 12, 2020 Agenda February 14, 2020 Documents
January 10, 2020 Agenda January 10, 2020 Documents
2019 Meeting Materials  
2018 Meeting Materials  

 

 


Membership and Resource Documents

Member contact: Bryan Moffitt, Chair – Bryan.moffitt@arca-design.com 

 


Contact Information

 

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